As Beatlemania took off around the world, there was a woman standing on the sidelines. Cynthia Powell was John Lennon's first wife, a young woman from The Wirral, England, who fell in love with a musician, before a new kind of fame hit them both. While John's relationship with Yoko Ono is well documented, the love, loss and sacrifice of his first marriage is less well known.
Biographical drama Cyn seeks to change this. Based on her autobiography, rather tellingly called John, the short film subverts the traditional male-dominated narrative to tell Cynthia's story through her own eyes. In 1950s Liverpool, we see the heady early days of her romance, her marriage and the arrival of son Julian, and the subsequent unravelling of Cynthia and John's relationship against the backdrop of the band's stratospheric success.
For cinematographer Tania Freimuth, the project offered the chance to work with director/writer Ben Desmond again – the pair had previously collaborated on the 2017 Second World War film Pitfall – and to give Cynthia her well-deserved voice in rock and roll history.