OCTOBER 13, 2023




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Los Angeles, CA, August 25, 2023 – Briarcliff Entertainment has acquired critically acclaimed documentary THE LOST WEEKEND: A LOVE STORY. Premiering to rave reviews at Tribeca Film Festival, the documentary unveils a little-known period of John Lennon's private life delving into his relationship with his assistant May Pang. Directed by Eve Brandstein, Richard Kaufman, and Stuart Samuels, THE LOST WEEKEND: A LOVE STORY is told through May’s singular insider’s perspective and captures the love affair that shaped Lennon’s most prolific post-Beatles era.


An intimate portrayal of one of the world’s most iconic musicians, THE LOST WEEKEND: A LOVE STORY debuts on digital and Blu-ray™ for the very first time on October 13, 2023, the week of John Lennon’s birthday, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Audiences can pre-order the film now.


THE LOST WEEKEND: A LOVE STORY is the true tale that took 50 years to tell. It follows John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s personal assistant, May Pang, as she recounts her 18-month relationship with John—a relationship orchestrated by Yoko herself. During this extraordinary period, May helped John reunite with his son Julian and participated firsthand in his most productive period post-Beatles in which he released albums like Mind Games, Walls and Bridges, and collaborated with powerhouses like David Bowie and Elton John. Featuring moments with Julian Lennon, Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper, and Paul McCartney, May chronicles it all from her unique perspective as a 22-year-old experiencing her first unforgettable love.


The announcement was made by Briarcliff’s CEO Tom Ortenberg. 


“As a music lover and a real fan of the Beatles, I am excited to partner with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and this group of incredible filmmakers to share May’s amazing story with audiences,” said Ortenberg. “THE LOST WEEKEND is a story that will resonate deeply with anyone captivated by the magic of John Lennon and the complexities of human relationships.”


“After 50 years, I finally get to share my story of John and myself through my eyes and my voice. I want to thank Tom Ortenberg for making this a reality for me,” said May Pang.


Directed by Eve Brandstein, Richard Kaufman and Stuart Samuels, THE LOST WEEKEND is produced by Christal Curry, Brandstein, Kaufman and Samuels.  


Executive Producers include Micki Purcell, Peggy Taylor, Eric DeWitt, Randy & Sherry Fix, Kate & Hans Morris, Fred Freeman, Harri Mark, Bob Francis, Jonathan Gould.


The deal was negotiated by Tom Ortenberg and Jessica Rose on behalf of Briarcliff Entertainment and by Phil Daniels of Ginsburg Daniels Kallis on behalf of the filmmakers.


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About Briarcliff Entertainment

Briarcliff Entertainment is a forward-thinking entertainment company, formed in 2018 by industry veteran Tom Ortenberg. Since its inception, Briarcliff has released Liam Neeson hits Honest Thief, The Marksman, and Blacklight, Latino superhero movie El Chicano, supernatural thriller Don’t Let Go, CopShop starring Gerard Butler, the Foo Fighters’ Studio 666, Memory directed by Martin Campbell and sports biopic Sweetwater. Briarcliff has also released award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries Fahrenheit 11/9, The Dissident and Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down. In partnership with Open Road Films, which Ortenberg relaunched and was formerly the founding CEO, Briarcliff recently opened Marlowe, starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger and Jessica Lange, and Gerard Butler’s actioner Kandahar directed by Ric Roman Waugh. Briarcliff also released baseball biopic The Hill on August 25, 2023 and will open Gerard Butler’s Den of Thieves 2: Pantera and crime thriller Sovereign starring Nick Offerman, Dennis Quaid and Jacob Tremblay in 2024.


About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment:

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television and Awesomeness.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.