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Midas Man explores life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein

Multi-Grammy winning director Jonas Akerlund is at the helm of new biopic about "the fifth Beatle"

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

Brian Epstein in Amsterdam in 1965 (Credit: Joop van Bilsen / Anefo, Wikimedia Commons)
Brian Epstein in Amsterdam in 1965 (Credit: Joop van Bilsen / Anefo, Wikimedia Commons)

A new film about the life of Beatles’ manager and music impresario Brian Epstein will be directed by multi-Grammy winning director Jonas Akerlund, it was announced this week.

Epstein – referred fondly by the Fab Four as “the fifth Beatle” – signed up the chart-topping band in 1961 and also worked with the likes of Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black, as well as helping to promote musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Pink Floyd.

Midas Man, written by Jewish News supplements editor Brigit Grant and Jonathan Wakeman, is described as “an emotional, witty, heartfelt story” about “the man from Liverpool with the Midas Touch, whose influence on popular music and culture resounds to this day”.

The film will be shot in London, Liverpool and the United States for release next year.

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