Yesterday

Saturday 4th April 2020 @ 6:00pm

Spoke in the Lamp
Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent.

Doors open at 5:30pm for 6:00pm showing

Tickets £4.00 (£3.00 concessions)

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Synopsis

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter from Lowestoft. His manager and friend Ellie Appleton encourages him not to give up on his dreams. After a disappointing performance at a music festival, Jack is hit by a bus during a mysterious, 12 second global blackout. When he recovers, his friends welcome him home with a party and Ellie gives him a new guitar. He sings "Yesterday" for his friends who all love the song, but to his stunned disbelief, say they have never heard it before, nor do they know the Beatles. After some research, he realizes the band never existed, and only he remembers them. Jack begins performing their songs, passing them off as his own.

Throughout the film, Jack realises that several other pieces of pop culture have vanished along with the Beatles: Coca-Cola, the band Oasis, cigarettes, and the Harry Potter series.

Ellie has Jack record a demo with a local music producer. Following a performance on local television, Jack is invited by pop star Ed Sheeran to play as his opening act in Moscow. Ellie declines to join him, saying she must work at her day job as a schoolteacher, so Jack's roadie friend Rocky travels with him instead. After the gig, Sheeran challenges Jack to a songwriting duel; and after hearing Jack's "The Long and Winding Road" he gracefully accepts defeat, calling himself Salieri to Jack's Mozart. In Los Angeles, Sheeran's ruthless agent Debra Hammer signs him to her label and directs his rise to global fame.

At Jack's going-away party, Ellie confesses that she has always been in love with him, but Jack chooses fame and fortune and goes back to Los Angeles. He starts recording an album at EastWest Studios, but has some trouble remembering the lyrics for the songs. Jack goes to the Beatles' hometown of Liverpool, visiting landmarks such as Strawberry Field, Penny Lane, and "Eleanor Rigby's grave". Ellie joins him in Liverpool, and they spend a drunken evening together and kiss, but Ellie feels it would be wrong to take it further because she does not want a one-night stand. The next morning, Jack pursues Ellie to Liverpool Lime Street railway station, where she congratulates him, but tells him she cannot be a part of his celebrity life. Jack returns to Los Angeles, heartbroken.

The record label prepares to launch Jack's debut album. The producers reject his suggested titles, taken from Beatles records, and name the album One Man Only, pushing his talent as a solo-artist. Jack persuades them to launch the album with a rooftop concert in Gorleston-on-Sea. Backstage, two fans approach him and tell him they remember the Beatles' songs as well, but are there simply to thank him, fearing the music had been gone forever. They give him the address of John Lennon, who has survived out of the public spotlight. Jack asks Lennon if he has led a successful life; Lennon replies that he has lived happily with his wife. He advises Jack to pursue the one he loves and to always tell the truth.

Sheeran arranges for Jack to perform at Wembley Stadium. There Jack confesses to the crowd that he plagiarised the music and that he loves Ellie, and has Rocky upload the songs for free to the internet. Jack and Ellie marry and have a family together, and Jack becomes a music teacher.