Mick Jagger films BBC series in Cuba

Posted: 10-Nov-15 11:16

Mick Jagger has travelled to Cuba to work on a series of films about the new Cuba with BBC creative director Alan Yentob. The film will hopefully feature a Rolling Stones concert that will take place in the city of Havana, as well as exploring the fascinating and diverse culture of this tropical island nation.

Mick Jagger films BBC series in Cuba

Only a few weeks after the beautiful tropical Caribbean island of Cuba reopened relations with the USA, Alan Yentob (BBC creative director) told The Independent that film director Julien Temple, as well as talented ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, were working together on a long-term project. Filming for the project will take place in the Cuban capital of Havana and will be the latest in a series of city based films for the show Imagine on BBC1. Previous films in the series have featured Rio de Janeiro and London.

Yentob, the host of Imagine, has stated that his goal is to capture the story of a Rolling Stones concert in the lively and beautiful city of Havana, which might be the finale spot for the South American tour of the iconic band in the spring. The concert could take place in Havana next March 2016. Filming of the project is underway and it will have a cinema release, according to a statement by Yentob.

The film will focus on the musical soul of Cuba and will showcase the lively atmosphere and character of the city of Havana. Although the key feature of the film will be the Rolling Stones concert, it will also document several different key moments in Cuba's history up until recent times – as well as the other major cultural changes that will be taking place over the last few months.

Yentob will also be working on a separate film with Acosta, as the dancer realises his long held ambition of putting together a new ballet company that is primarily drawn from his native Cuba.

According to director Julien Temple, Cuba is at a "very interesting moment" now that the travel blockade is coming to an end. It will be exciting to see the film capture the atmosphere of Havana and the rich and colourful vibe of this Caribbean city.


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