Arena: Johnny Mercer - The Dream's On Me

BBC Arena/Rhapsody Productions Co-production   |   UK / USA

Arena: Johnny Mercer – The Dream's On Me tells the story of one of America's greatest songwriters and examines the enduring legacy of his songs.As well as countless hits, he wrote blockbuster musicals, Broadway shows and the themes for Breakfast at Tiffany's and Days of Wine and Roses, both of which won him one of his many Oscars. He co-founded Capitol Records in 1942 and signed Peggy Lee, Nat "King” Cole, Stan Kenton and his former boss Paul Whiteman.Mercer's career stretches from the 'twenties and the beginnings of recorded jazz to the 'seventies. As Clint Eastwood observes, "Mercer may not be a household name today but his songs are like the air that we breathe, they're part of everyone.” We were pleased to be invited to submit the film. Johnny Mercer lived an exceptionally rich and various life which provided the opportunity to draw on archive material from an unusually wide range of subjects and sources. The interplay between the contemporary filming and the archive material is the essence of the film's narrative and atmosphere, evoking the fascinating life and times of Johnny Mercer.