A Hard Day's Day - A Day in the Life of a Beatles Tribute Band (found parody film; 2002)


A Hard Day's Day
Poster/DVD cover.
Poster/DVD cover.
Status Found
Date found 7 Aug 2011
Found by Quinton Flynn and DiaRiles

A Hard Day's Day was a short parody film made in 2002 that was created by David Kessler and Quinton Flynn (who also played Paul in the film). The film was, as the subtitle describes, about a day in the life of a Beatles tribute band. And, as the title itself alludes to, it was a parody of the Beatles' own A Hard Day's Night.

The idea came to Kessler sometime before 2000 after seeing a Beatles cover band in real life and wondering if they "kept up the accents off stage." He thought the idea was so funny, that he talked to a friend about making it into a film, but they agreed it wasn't "weighty" enough. In 2000, however, he came to the realization that he could make it a short film instead. After coming to that conclusion, he got some friends together after failing to get said cover band in on it and proceeded to make the film. Two years later, he put the film up on iFilm, and it was met with positive reception overall, becoming one of the highest rated comedy shorts on the site.

Despite its positive reception and being screened multiple times in LA, little to no footage of it had surfaced on the internet, the website that originally hosted the video is dead, and the DVD, by proxy, (which may not have contained the actual video itself as it was more of a "behind-the-scenes" DVD) can't be bought anymore and is therefore incredibly rare, if there were any produced at all. However, Quinton Flynn gave a surprise screening during his panel at AFO 2011 and said panel had been put on Youtube (in low quality).

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The panel itself (movie starts at around 3:20)
DVD rip (courtesy of Adrian Ramirez)

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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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Do you guys not have a better quality version? I have a rip from Dave Kessler's youtube and website from the time he originally uploaded it, because I was in contact with him for a while, looking forward to the official DVD release.

From talking to Dave, it was never actually released on DVD, and iirc, he was trying to get enough pre orders to make making them cheap enough to make sense. If I can find my email exchanges, I'll post them.

As for the video, I have a copy uploaded to my youtube channel, set as private. If someone else would like to host it, I'll look for the file in my archive and send it via dropbox when I get a moment

- Adrian Ramirez
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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I'm kind of surprised that this wasn't found earlier than 2011. An upload of the "Hava Nagila" rendition from the film dates back to 2006. Granted, it's not the whole film, but it's at least something.
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Anonymous user #1

6 months ago
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I had a copy of this way earlier than 2011, I just didn't know it was "lost". I also just found a series of promo images on an old hard drive this morning and will upload them as well.
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