Paul McCartney’s Daughter Opens Up About Creating Documentary With Her Dad


Mary McCartney is looking back on her childhood. Mary is the daughter of Beatles’ Paul McCartney and photographer Linda McCartney. Even though her parents were very famous, she admitted that she grew up in a normal household. Now, she’s looking back on that time and London’s Abbey Road in a new documentary called If These Walls Could Sing.

Mary shared about her inspiration for the documentary, “What inspired me to make this film was my love for Abbey Road. I’ve grown up going to Abbey Road over the years, but I didn’t realize it was 90 years old until I was invited to direct the documentary. So that really inspired me. And I wanted to know more. And I learned so much through the process. But it started with my love for the building and the people that worked there over the years.”


Mary McCartney created the documentary ‘If These Walls Could Sing’

The Beatles (Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney) at the EMI Abbey Road studios, 1967 / Everett Collection

She added, “We lived nearby, so they recorded there with [the band] Wings. When I was there researching… people would come up to me and say, ‘I remember your mom coming here.’ She would go in and chat with people. They were like, ‘She was so great. She made everyone feel so relaxed. We really enjoyed spending time with her.’ It was really nice to hear people talking about her because she’s not with us anymore. So anytime that anybody talks about her, I love it. [I love meeting] anybody who’s met her. Sometimes, people from Abbey Road would babysit us if mom and dad were going out. It was quite a close relationship.”


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ELIZABETH: A PORTRAIT IN PART(S), (aka ELIZABETH), Paul McCartney, 2022. © Mongrel Media /Courtesy Everett Collection

Unfortunately, her mother passed away in 1998 but she did use her father’s help for the film. She revealed, “It was really heartwarming sitting down with dad. I could see – and I think the viewer could see – that he cares about the place so much. And he was keen to discuss it, to talk to me about Abbey Road. He loves the people that have worked there. The thing about Abbey Road is people stay there for a long time. There’s longevity there. People who record there come back and record often. So there is this safe feeling there. You could tell from interviewing him that he felt safe here… [This is a space where people] could really be creative, and the people there were going to look after them and not distract them. It was all about the music.”

Paul and Linda McCartney with children Heather and Mary at airport, 1971 / Everett Collection

The documentary also features new interviews with Paul’s bandmate, the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. You can watch If These Walls Could Sing on Disney+. Watch the trailer below:

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