Little Malcolm

Little Malcolm is a 1974 British comedy drama film directed by Stuart Cooper. It was entered into the 24th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear.[1]

Little Malcolm
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Directed byStuart Cooper
Produced byGeorge Harrison
Gavrik Losey
Written byDavid Halliwell (play)
Derek Woodward
StarringJohn Hurt
Music byStanley Myers
CinematographyJohn Alcott
Edited byRay Lovejoy
Distributed byApple Films
Release date
  • 1974 (1974)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film is based on the stage play Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs by David Halliwell.[2] The full name of the play is used as the film title on the BFI Flipside 2011 DVD release.[3]

An Apple Films project, Little Malcolm was the first feature film produced by former Beatle George Harrison.[2] The film was shot primarily in Lancashire, in the north of England, during February and March 1973.[4] Harrison supplied incidental music for the soundtrack[3] and, after being introduced to the duo Splinter by their manager Mal Evans, produced their song "Lonely Man" for inclusion in a pivotal scene.[5][6]

Like many of Apple's film and recording projects, production on Little Malcolm was then jeopardised by lawsuits pertaining to Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr's severing of ties with manager Allen Klein.[7][8] Speaking in 2011, Cooper said that Harrison "fought for a very long time to extract Little Malcolm from the official receivers", adding that its entry in the Berlin festival was only possible because the festival was an artistic forum and not finance-related.[3] After what Cooper described as an "incredible" reception at Berlin for "this very British film",[3] Little Malcolm went on to win a gold medal at the Atlanta Film Festival in August 1974.[6]

Once the Beatles' partnership had been formally dissolved, in January 1975, the film received a brief run in London's West End.[9] In February 1983, Harrison donated his personal copy of Little Malcolm to a New York-based company for screening at a local film festival.[10]



The soundtrack featured the band Harpoon singing "Not With You".[11]


  1. ^ "Berlinale Archiv Jahresarchive 1974 Preisträger". Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b Clayson, p. 370.
  3. ^ a b c d Michael Simmons, "Cry for a Shadow", Mojo, November 2011, p. 85.
  4. ^ Badman, p. 90.
  5. ^ Clayson, p. 346.
  6. ^ a b Badman, p. 129.
  7. ^ Doggett, pp. 204–06.
  8. ^ Woffinden, pp. 74–75.
  9. ^ Badman, pp. 149, 150.
  10. ^ Badman, p. 314.
  11. ^ Pop Music in British Cinema: A Chronicle - Page 77 Kevin Donnelly - 2002 Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974 Stuart Cooper) Subafilms/Apple Films. P - Gavrik Losey. Exec P - George Harrison. M - Stanley Myers. Song - Harpoon - Not With You. Students set up a terrorist group, semi-comedy.


  • Keith Badman, The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After the Break-Up 1970–2001, Omnibus Press (London, 2001; ISBN 0-7119-8307-0).
  • Alan Clayson, George Harrison, Sanctuary (London, 2003; ISBN 1-86074-489-3).
  • Peter Doggett, You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup, It Books (New York, NY, 2011; ISBN 978-0-06-177418-8).
  • Bob Woffinden, The Beatles Apart, Proteus (London, 1981; ISBN 0-906071-89-5).

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