The Hours and Times


Time Out says

In the spring of 1963, John Lennon allowed Brian Epstein to take him away for four days in Barcelona. It was a chance for John to recharge his batteries. Also, Epstein was gay. Münch's film is a speculative fiction, based on these facts but with no pretence at Albert Goldman-style faction. Instead, he presents a lively, subtle conversation piece, an intimate dialogue between two very different men. Epstein is urbane, cosmopolitan and deeply insecure; Lennon working-class, intellectually curious and absolutely sure of himself. They discuss art, check out a Bergman film, discuss the ins-and-outs of buggery. Epstein is in love; Lennon pulls back from the brink. Both turn elsewhere to make half-hearted pick-ups. Whatever really happened, this poignant, fragmentary, assured and beautifully paced film rings true. Validation enough, surely?


Release details

60 mins

Cast and crew

Christopher Münch
Christopher Münch
David Angus
Ian Hart
Stephanie Pack
Robin McDonald
Sergio Moreno
Unity Grimwood