Universal Music Group’s music-first content studio Mercury Studios is readying If These Walls Could Sing, a feature-length documentary about Abbey Road Studios.
Directed by Mary McCartney, If These Walls Could Sing marks the first time Abbey Road has opened its doors for a feature doc and will serve as the centerpiece of the recording studios’ 90th anniversary celebrations, which begin in November this year. It will tell countless stories and include an all-star cast of interviews, access to the studios and a strong soundtrack.
If These Walls Could Sing will be produced by Academy Award, BAFTA and Prime Time Emmy Award winner John Battsek. Development of the documentary has been overseen and will be executive produced by Universal Music UK’s Marc Robinson and Mercury Studios CEO Alice Webb.
Mary McCartney said: “Some of my earliest memories as a young child come from time spent at Abbey Road. I’ve long wanted to tell the story of this historic place and I couldn’t be collaborating with a better team than John and Mercury Studios to make this creative ambition a reality.”
Alice Webb said: “Mercury Studios could not be partnering with a more visionary and passionate team than Mary McCartney and John Battsek to tell Abbey Road Studios’ incredible story on film for the first time. We are passionate about showcasing the work of pioneering filmmakers of the highest quality—which is why we are delighted Mary is bringing her creative vision to this project.”
Isabel Garvey, managing director of Abbey Road Studios, said: “If these walls could sing. I have lost count how many times I’ve heard that said at Abbey Road Studios over the years. I can’t wait for some of these stories to finally come to life in what will become a timeless documentary.”