THE DOORS ARE OPEN


The Doors Are Open

DATE: 09/03-07/1968
LOCATION: EU
FORMAT: Television Program
PRODUCTION: Granada Television
COLOR: B&W
AUDIO: Yes
LENGTH: 52:54





Info:

In September 1968, The Doors head to Great Britain for a series of sold-out performances with the Jefferson Airplane at London's Roundhouse. Upon their arrival at Heathrow Airport, producer Jo Durden-Smith of Granada Television sets to work on what would become the first ever full-length nationally networked television film on one rock music act. Shot in black & white for an edgy feel, director John Sheppard instructs the hired news-station cameramen to get up close, and The Doors performances at the Roundhouse are captured on film. Interviews, press conference, and performance footage are incorporated into the program. This one hour broadcast originally takes place in December, 1968.

Synopsis:
"It was September 1968, the venue was The Roundhouse in London's Chalk Farm, by far and away the best rock spot in the U.K., and the nearest thing to a genuine San Francisco Ballroom. The sheer power of The Doors' renditions of Light My Fire and When The Music's Over convinced all that were there that we were witnessing a piece of musical history. Whilst the power of that night can never be truly recalled, by luck or judgement, The Doors' sets were filmed and the best appears herein. Watching them perform Spanish Caravan and the rest after all these years has reinforced stated opinion that the night at The Roundhouse was the best concert I have ever attended - anywhere..." - John Platt

A Special Thanks to Geoffrey Cannon, Michael Darlow, and Lon Goddard for their contribution to this page!

Soundtrack:
When The Music's Over
Five To One
Spanish Caravan
ICA Gallery Press Conference Interviews
Hello, I Love You (Soundcheck w/Ray On Vocals)
Band Interviews
Back Door Man
Crawling King Snake
Back Door Man
Interview with Jim Morrison
Wake Up! - Light My Fire
The Unknown Soldier

Credits:
Jo Durden-Smith - Producer
John Sheppard - Director
Martin Smith - Film Editor
Geoffrey Cannon - Program Associate
Jon Cott - Program Associate
David Dalton - Program Associate
Ernest Eban - Program Associate

Film Locations:

Heathrow Airport - London
City Streets - London
ICA Gallery - London
The Roundhouse - London


HEATHROW AIRPORT - LONDON


Heathrow Airport

DATE: 09/03/1968
LOCATION: London - UK
SCENE: Interview
COLOR: B&W
AUDIO: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown





Info:

The Doors leave Kennedy International Airport in New York at 11:00pm on a Monday evening, arriving in at the Heathrow Airport in London on Tuesday. Granada television is there to greet them as they arrive. Jo Durden-Smith conducts the 'Occupation?' sequence later re-created in the feature length film 'The Doors', by Oliver Stone.

STREETS OF LONDON


Streets of London

DATE: 09/03/1968
LOCATION: London - UK
SCENE: Interview - Travel
COLOR: B&W
AUDIO: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown





Info:

The Doors are filmed for a short interview in the back of a moving vehicle shortly after their arrival at the Heathrow Airport. Their destination and exact location are unknown.

THE ROUNDHOUSE - Soundcheck


The Roundhouse - Soundcheck

DATE: 09/06/1968
LOCATION: London - UK
SCENE: Rehearsal
COLOR: B&W
AUDIO: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown





Info:

Footage from the soundcheck was included in the final broadcast featuring Ray on vocals in a rendition of 'Hello, I Love You', and Robby Krieger with an instrumental portion of 'Little Red Rooster'. How much of the soundcheck was filmed is unknown. Extended audio portions from the master soundtrack recordings are known to collectors, however it is not known if the extra audio is accompanied by film.

THE ROUNDHOUSE


The Roundhouse - First Night

DATE: 09/06-07/1968
LOCATION: London - UK
SCENE: Performance
COLOR: B&W
AUDIO: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown



Info:

The exact amount of footage shot during The Doors performances at the Roundhouse are unknown. The footage is accompanied by a live music soundtrack recorded during a single unknown performance. Details on the whereabouts of the master footage are currently unknown.

I.C.A. GALLERY


The ICA Gallery

DATE: 09/04/1968
LOCATION: London - UK
SCENE: Press Conference
COLOR: B&W
AUDIO: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown





Info:

A press conference is held at the Institute for Contemporary Arts on September 4th, two days prior to The Doors first performance at the Roundhouse. Various writers and photographers attend. Portions of the conference are filmed and incorporated into the program.

INTERVIEW #1


Backstage Roundhouse

DATE: 09/xx/1968
LOCATION: London - UK
SCENE: Interview
COLOR: B&W
AUDIO: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown



Info:

Two interview segments with Jim Morrison are included in the program. The exact amount of film footage shot during these conversations are unknown.

INTERVIEW #2


Backstage Roundhouse

DATE: 09/xx/1968
LOCATION: London - UK
SCENE: Interview
COLOR: B&W
AUDIO: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown



Info:

Another interview with Jim is filmed by Granada's cameramen. Jo Durden-Smith can be heard conversing with Jim Morrison during this short excerpt.