Dir: Peter Webb
Starring: Paul McCartney and Tracey Ullman
Paul McCartney’s recording of his new album is complicated by the fact that the master tapes of his recordings are missing
This musical drama covers a fictional day in the life of Paul McCartney, but it is all a bit obscure. Despite the film being unsuccessful in the box office both financially and critically, its soundtrack album sold well. The title is a take on George M. Cohan’s classic show tune Give My Regards to Broadway, and makes reference to London’s Broad Street railway station, which would close in 1986. In one of the last scenes of the film, McCartney walks around the deserted and rundown concourse of the station, which is closing up for the night, and a number of Class 501 EMUs are present, in both plain blue and blue & grey liveries. There are then scenes with Paul sitting on a bench at the end of the platforms and, throughout all this, there are some good clear shots of the station. These scenes proved to be a final fitting tribute to the station, now completely redeveloped and largely forgotten. During the Broad Street flashback sequence, there is a shot of the entrance to Leicester Square Underground station and, due to a strange quirk of fate, it is the now closed former Little Newport Street entrance on the corner with Charing Cross Road.