Paul’s Documentaries - Info

1.  Wings  Over the World is a 1979 television documentary film featuring the rock band Wings. It consists of concert performances from their acclaimed 1975–76 world tour, together with behind-the-scenes footage.  Also included is a short excerpt of Wings rehearsing at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, before their 1972 UK university tour.  Problems with the audio from the 1976 live performances, delayed the film's release until March 16, 1979 in the United States on CBS, and April 8, 1979 in the United Kingdom on BBC2. By this time, band members Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English had left the group, and had been replaced.

2.  Wingspan: Paul and Linda McCartney – 2001.  Formed around an interview between Paul McCartney and his daughter Mary McCartney, who co-produced it with her then-husband Alistair Donald, its director, uses the McCartney’s' film and photographic archive to tell the story of Paul and Linda's founding of the band Wings, in the aftermath of The Beatles' split, and Its gradual evolution during the 1970s, through several line-ups. From an initial atmosphere of critical disdain and personal derision for both McCartneys, the film charts the band's progress to its commercial peaks of international success and acclaim, before it suffers its own disintegration at the beginning of the 1980s.

The story takes up with the late-1960s meeting of Paul McCartney and photographer Linda Eastman against the background of the gradual disintegration of relationships in The Beatles.  As the pair get married and withdraw from the situation of McCartney's public resignation, from and legal action against The Beatles partnership, the story moves to his depressed retreat from public life in the aftermath of The Beatles' split. Featured are his initial solo albums and his gradual return to recording and playing live with a new band, Wings. Originally the band was formed by the pair with drummer Denny Seiwell, and guitarists Denny Laine, and Henry McCullough.

3.  Paul McCartney and Wings: Band on the Run – 2010. In this one hour documentary Dermot O'Leary meets Sir Paul McCartney to hear about the making of the 1973 classic Wings album Band on the Run. Dermot hears how McCartney flew out to Lagos in Nigeria to make the record -- even though two members of his band resigned before the flight Arriving there, the former Beatle found the recording studio half finished. McCartney was mugged, lost his demo tapes - and could have lost his life.  But, out of this chaos -- alongside band members Denny Laine and wife Linda McCartney -Sir Paul went on to create one of the greatest albums of the Seventies. The title track Band on The Run and Jet both went on to be massive hit singles, while the album became a Grammy winner. The program also hears -- from those who were there -- about the shooting of the famous album cover, which featured stars of the day including boxer John Conteh, and entertainer Kenny Lynch. If Paul will be remembered for anything post-Beatles, it's this album. Even though he had to go all over creation to record it, the trip was obviously worthwhile, bringing forth gems like "Helen Wheels," "Jet," and the title track. Everything was in place, the melodies, the pop smarts, and a real studio production. The amazement was that Wings actually consisted of Paul and Linda with guitarist Denny Laine.

4.  Paul and Linda McCartney: Ramming2012. This is a documentary of the making of the RAM album.  It was included in the re-release of RAM, as a companion DVD.

5.  Paul McCartney: Something New – is a 2013, one-hour documentary that provides an in-depth level of access, and behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of Paul’s record New, plus exclusive footage of his 2013 shows.

The program offers “an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look” at the former Beatle’s craft and tireless work ethic. This includes exclusive live and backstage footage filmed during some of Sir Paul’s 2013 performances and an in-depth peek at the writing and recording of his latest album. Paul is teamed with a host of producers, including Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns, and Giles Martin.