Hoping to cash in on the success of A Hard Day’s Night (1964), producer David Deutsch hired first-timer John Boorman – who later directed Deliverance (1972) – to bang out a quick pop confection starring Britain’s hugely successful Dave Clark Five.
Instead, Boorman delivered this provocative film about the pressures of pop stardom, where drummer Clark plays TV stuntman Steve, who exits a Meat Marketing Board advertising campaign, steals an E-Type and escapes the city with the campaign star Barbara Ferris for a few days.
Pursued by a rabid caravan of advertising agency sharks and reporters, the couple encounter junkie beatniks, jaded swingers, and crushed dreams.
Downbeat and existential with incidental music from Basil Kirchin, the film was retitled as Having A Wild Weekend for the US market.
David De Kayser