CLAPPERBOARD PRESENTS: BACKBEAT WITH SCOT WILLIAMS
by Billy J. Shears
The film Backbeat was directed by Ian Softley and released in 1994. It starred Stephen Dorff (Stuart Sutcliffe) Sheryl Lee (Astrid Kercherr) while Ian Hart (John Lennon), Gary Bakewell (Paul McCartney), Chris O’neill (George Harrison) & Scott Williams (Pete Best) portryed the Beatles in Hamburg.
It also featured a soundtrack recorded by a supergroup made up of;
Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs) Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) Don Fleming (Gumball) Mike Mills (R.E.M.) Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) drums
The film received impressive reviews and has recently been revived as a West End stage play also to great reviews.
Tonight 17 years on we’re at Fact in Liverpool for a charity screening of Backbeat on behalf of Clapperboard complete with an aftershow Q&A by conducted by local journalist/author Peter Grant and Scot Williams who portrayed Pete Best.
Backbeat has aged well and besides a few duff lines 'it's been a hard days night' 'it feels like we're working eight days a week' you know the stuff, its an excellent film played out by an excellent cast.
Scot 'I'm only here because Ian & Chris are abroad and nobody knows where Gary Bakewell is' Williams was then interviewed by Peter Grant and it provided a behind the scenes look at working on Backbeat and being an actor. He told a couple of Stephen Dorff stories, explaining how to make a cup of coffee to the American actor and the tale of Dorff's request for a silver plectrum so the light would shine of it while onstage and how Dorff wasn't happy when they brought back four for each guitarist in the band!
Afterwards there was a complimentary after show drink sponsored by Matthew Clark at 3345 Parr Street.with a local band hand picked by Scot.