Phil Peel

Film, video, photography, sound and story

John Lennon’s Turd

Posted by Phil On June - 16 - 2013

John Lennon's Turd Poster

 A short film about the crassness of the cult of celebrity. Filmed in early June.

Here’s the Facebook Page


The film is completed…YEY!    …and is prowling round the Festival circuits.  Here’s the trailer.

Kenton Hall has recorded a special Beatle themed track recorded with the Silver Threetles, which is being produced as a  7″ single.

On the trailer we’ve used a track by John Bower from the Mooncats.  Thanks John

For the main film Francis Macdonald has completed the music. Been great working with him.  Check him out here and his music


Other links

The auditions    Tips on how to run auditions    First days filming  The Record Label  A festival poster from 1969 


JLT record label-4a

The Premise

On December 15th 1969 John Lennon played a concert at the Lyceum in London. The last time he played with George Harrison.

The following morning he and Yoko travelled to Montreal for a meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada to discuss World Peace.

Suppose ..on the way  …he was caught short .. it had been a mad rush since the concert ..and he didn’t have time to go to the ..

So  he stops the Rolls Royce at a random house.   ..asks the owner to use the toilet.   …but the flush isn’t working.   …and the owner is left with John Lennon’s turd..

Actually based on a true story, told me back in the sixties by a friend who was visited by a Beatle, who left behind an unflushed poo …which he kept unflushed for days.  🙂   ..until his Mum insisted.

 The script

“Brilliant. Extremely charming, great comic timing and pace.”

“This is a fun script.. it’s amusing …- and works really well. Characters work well. Dialogue is very good – nice one! The arena works well and feels authentic.”

The cast

Luke Stevenson, Kenton Hall, Melissa de Mol, Nick Meaney and John Bruce as John Lennon


Early June 2013 in Southampton, though it’s set in west London


…   maybe ..but read this

John Lennon’s loo fetches £9,500 at auction for Beatles fans

A porcelain lavatory which John Lennon told a builder to use as a “plant pot” has fetched £9,500 – nearly 10 times its guide price – at an auction today.

The loo was used by the music legend when he lived at Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire between 1969 and 1972.

Lennon told builder John Hancock to keep it and “use it as a plant pot”, after he installed a new one.

The toilet was stored in a shed at Mr Hancock’s home for 40 years until he died recently.

Auction organiser and Beatles expert Stephen Bailey said: “It is unbelievable. We had bids coming in from all over the place but it went to a private overseas buyer.”


 John Lennon’s Bluebottle  by

The Museum of the Miscellaneous is a sideshow containing among other things, a bluebottle I took from between the floorboards in John Lennon’s bedroom years ago when I was a set dresser on a film called “John Lennon, his life”. I presented the fly in its own glass case, and tell the story, and invite people to make a wish for peace.

John Lennons fly

First Days filming.

Paul on camera – Panasonic GH3, Lauren on Sound & Drew as focus puller

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