Fan Makes Documentary on Colin Hanton - an "Almost Beatle"

Colin Hanton was drummer for the Quarrymen, the pre-Beatles group featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. And he has a fan in Tampa Bay attorney Mark Bentley, who's produced "Pre Fab," a documentary about the Liverpool musician.

From the Tampa Bay Times:

“[Hanton] was there when it all came together,” said Bentley, a Tampa land use attorney with the law firm of Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel and Burns. “And then he walked away from it. Everyone should know this story.”

...Bentley is executive producer, but he did more than cut a check.

He conducted 90 percent of the interviews with Hanton, historians and the drummer’s friends and family.

He also tracked down and purchased rare photographs and memorabilia, negotiated the rights to music and archival footage and gained access to the childhood homes of Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon plus Abbey Road Studios.

Bentley even persuaded McCartney to be interviewed.

“The only other film crew to ever shoot inside McCartney’s home is Carpool Karaoke,” Bentley, 60, said. “I’m a Beatles fan, but that’s not why I did this. I wanted to preserve a little piece of history.”

The Quarrymen were formed in Liverpool by Lennon in 1956 and consisted primarily of his school friends. A longtime basic narrative is that Hanton was only asked to join because he had a drum kit.

“But there had to be something special about him besides that,” Bentley said. “Other than John Lennon, no one was with The Quarrymen longer than Colin. He was with them for three years.”