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Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles surfaces online

April 26, 2016 :: 12:39 PM EDT

Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles has been released by the National Film And Sound Archive (NFSA) of Australia. The silent footage shows the band getting ready for the special The Music of Lennon & McCartney on 1 November 1965.

Footage shot by Dawn Swane, an Australian dancer and make-up artist who at the time was working at Granada TV in Manchester.
Dawn says: ‘I was in the makeup room. And so we were having some champagne and so we started to, well we were all drinking some champagne. […] And anyway, I don’t know if it was John or if it was Ringo but they took the camera off me and said, “This is no way to use a camera and they sort of jiggled it upside down and inside out a bit, and everybody was just mucking around. But that was great. I mean they were a nice group of people. They really were’.
Dawn’s collection of home movies and video recordings have been donated to the NFSA by her daughter, production designer Melinda Doring.