If you love the John Lennon and the Beatles it’s hard not to hear the words of Glass Onion every time you hear the word dovetail joint. Dovetail joint is of course a traditional carpentry term, and also absolutely nothing to do with what John was singing about, but it seemed like the perfect name for our film if you love a little wordplay.
For us it is the Dove of Peace, the Tale of storytellers and the Joint … of things coming together, seamlessly uniting. The wordplay in the title made us laugh and we hoped that somewhere out there, in spirit, it would make John laugh too.
The film is being created for many reasons, to serve many purposes. These reasons are of equal importance to us, so the order that we name them in has nothing to with how we came to make the decision to make the film. Suffice to say the caravan has already taken us on many journeys and the film enables us to share them with you.
We believed that the restoration of such an iconic piece of rock and roll history should be documented. The restoration itself is such an extraordinary process in its own right, that we know many people would enjoy being able to share this part of the journey with us, to understand the process and care that has been taken.
Many people enjoy watching and learning about how restorations are achieved, but when a restorer with Aspergers shares their journey it is something else altogether, a whole new world opens. Every dent, break, chip starts to speak and tell its story, and the restorer will share his discoveries with you, taking you on a time travel adventure that goes right the way back to the workshops and hands of the artisans of the 1890s, 1967 1982.
The film makes the difference between you seeing a restored caravan being returned to the public domain and you seeing a vehicle with a spirit, stories, events and hidden treasures embodied in this magical vehicle, brought back to life to take you on its next journey.
Then there is the journey taken in tracing the provenance. The caravan’s life since 1967, the myths, the rumours and truth. There were adventures and there were the misadventures. We met many people and the anecdotal stories collected whilst tracing and piecing together its story are here to be shared.
And what about the journey of discovering John, finding his voice, his spirit in the creation of this dream? It so easy to fall into a trap of thinking you know more than you do about a person, because of the music, or the art or the books and interviews and media. How much can you ever really know a person? What we can tell you is that taking a journey like this gives you a chance to see with new eyes, hear with new ears and feel a new understanding as your heart opens to a new perspective. When you go deeper in trying to know another you inevitably go deeper into your own journey and at the deepest level are spirits meet as one. We are all connected, so let this journey to find John lead us to finding ourselves, to finding ourselves as Dreamers.
John was extraordinary, a genius. He was flawed too and there is something about this journey that connects us to the man we, as the public, didn’t know so well. The media machine presents the celebrity, yet John constantly stove to show the man behind all of that. Piecing together his broken caravan allowed us to connect more to the man who sought to heal himself. Through his music, he shared that journey with the world, going to a place of vulnerability that was quite extraordinary for his time, as he tried to put back together, and make sense of, the brokenness of his early life and the broken world into which he was born.
And so, this story is a metaphor for healing. We have all been born into a broken world. None of us is untouched by it, none of us has lived without taking on some piece of the human legacy, story and been broken by it. It is up to us to choose healing and there is something about healing a broken part of the external world, whether it be a caravan, a body, a system … makes little difference … but the process speaks to our unconscious minds. It tells our spirit … we care … we are prepared to love something enough and not discard what was once beautiful and held meaning. And in the process something shifts, as the signal to the mind, soul, body, world, says YES, let’s make it better, let’s become whole again.
Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese practice that highlights and enhances the breaks thus adding value to the broken object. Kintsugi (金継ぎ), or kintsukuroi (金繕い), literally golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”). It is hardly surprising that Yoko Ono created MEND PIECE FOR JOHN in 1968.
When the caravan first came to the Delight Makers Foundation it has been assumed that the thing to do would be just restore it, auction it and put the funds into our projects. Nothing wrong with that if you just see the caravan as another piece of John Lennon / Beatles Memorabilia, and that is what most saw… because they did not journey below the surface and into the spirit and dream of the caravan itself.
Our choice was instead to film the story, share the discoveries, share going beneath the surface to discover the dreamer. We hope that the funds raised from the film, we also hope will, outstrip what would have come from simply auctioning it. The film, we hope, will broaden and deepen the world’s understanding and connection to John. By taking this journey we can keep the caravan in the public domain, bring it out to the world to share with you, let it make another journey, one to inspire all of us and give us the gift of coming together to Give Peace A Chance. You may say we are dreamers, but we know that we are not the only ones. It’s all about the story we choose to tell.