The Beatles at Sydney Stadium, 1964

Title:
The Beatles at Sydney Stadium, 1964
NFSA ID:
9243
Year:
1964
Courtesy:
Cinesound
Category:
Access fees

This newsreel features live footage of The Beatles and their fans during a concert in Sydney during their 1964 tour of Australia.

Concert footage of popular acts was still in its infancy in the 1960s. This professionally shot footage is the result of employing multiple cameras and stylish editing in post-production that effectively captures the phenomena known as 'Beatlemania'. It's very effective in showing the band performing and perhaps more so in showing the reaction of the fans!

But while the footage is a crisp black-and-white, it's disappointing to see the frame rate is inaccurate, creating an annoying 'sped-up' effect. Also it seems clear that the sound could not be captured live and most of the screams and music have been dubbed later which means what we are seeing is not what the band is playing.

Despite this, it is an important recording of a significant era in popular culture.The scenes in this clip effectively serve to contextualise the pop culture phenomenon known as Beatlemania.