Interview with Writer/Producer Steven G. Farrell (Mersey Boys: A Letter from Al Moran)

Mersey Boys: A Letter from Al Moran played to rave reviews at the January 2021 FAN FICTION Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The film is based upon my self-published novel, “Mersey Boys.” I published the novel in 2013 under my own Celtic-Badgers Publishers imprint. I published earlier versions: The Scousers in 1995 and Liverpool Roared in 2010.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It has taken me thirty years on this project. I started working on the first draft of the novel in 1989. Besides the three versions of the novel, I have also written a stage play and a screenplay based upon the storyline. A stage reading was held at Greenville Technical College during the winter of 2016. The screenplay was rewritten by two other writers before the final script we used in the film was written by Paddy Murphy in 2017.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Liverpool dream!

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

The biggest obstacle was finding somebody with a full production company who shared my dream of making a picture based upon my book. Paddy Murphy of Celtic Badger Media Films-Ireland was that person. We only met online because we both shared the same Celtic Badger label. Emails led to a conversation via computer. Finally, I flew over to Ireland to film in October of 2017.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was so delighted I started to cry. Gently, not hysterically. I viewed the movie with an audience of around seventy people in April of 2019. It was the official world premiere for Mersey Boys: A Letter From Al Moran. Daniel Hartwell, promoter of The Beatles on the Beach International Festival, invited me to screen the film inside of the Beautiful Crest Theater in Delray, Florida. Afterwards I received a bear hug from Tony Bramwell, the producer of several of the Beatles’ songs.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

I visited Liverpool, England, in March of 1989, and I took a bus tour of the Beatles’ Liverpool made me want to project myself into their story.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

I have watched A Hard Day’s Night fifty times since I saw it at the Orpheum Theater in my home town of Kenosha, Wisconsin when it was released in 1964.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are your feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I think this platform is outstanding. It is a true asset to the filmmaker.

9) What are your plans? Another film?

I would like to see “Mersey Boys” as a feature-length film. It is my dream to shoot in Liverpool, England, in places connected with the Beatles. It is my desire to get in as many survivors of that time period as possible-members of the old Mersey Beat bands-to be in the film. It would be great to have Paul McCartney play the part of a professor at the Liverpool Art College, where John Lennon attended classes. I’d love to have Ringo Starr play a worker on the famous Liverpool ferry boat. I want to produce to movie as an open love letter to the city of the Liverpool, the city’s wonderful musical tradition and the Beatles!

10) What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

That’s easy: In My Life BY John Lennon and the Beatles.

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