Christopher Munch’s boldly original debut, THE HOURS AND TIMES (1992), is a fictional account of what might have happened in April 1963, when John Lennon and Beatles manager Brian Epstein traveled to Barcelona for an extended weekend getaway. In the four days they spend together, the suave Epstein (played by David Angus) and the provocative Lennon (Ian Hart in his first starring role) reflect on their lives, both private and professional, as they explore the unique bond they share. Munch’s sparse and intimate narrative, captured with exquisite black-and-white cinematography, is a thoughtful meditation on friendship and sexuality, crafted around a brief moment in the lives of two extremely well-known pop figures.
This new 4K DCP (Digital Cinema Package) of THE HOURS AND TIMES has been restored from the original 35mm negative elements. During the restoration process at labs in Los Angeles, a fine grain master positive film element was made at Fotokem from the original picture negative. The master positive was then scanned in 4K at Roundabout Entertainment for digital restoration and color correction. The audio was laid down using files from an early 35mm magnetic printmaster. Digital protection LTO7 tape elements, along with the master positive preservation film element will be archived at UCLA in their state of the art facility for generations to come.