Yesterday credits row shows trouble’s never far away in film writing

Jack Barth’s claim he did not receive credit he deserved shines light on movie industry machinationsAs a premise, it is surprisingly simple: a young musician who is the only person in the world to know the Beatles’ back catalogue forges a successful career by covering their songs.

But the more complex question of who should get credit for the Hollywood film it became has put the opaque machinations of the film industry in the spotlight.The idea ultimately became Yesterday, the Richard Curtis film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Himesh Patel, which made more than £125m at the box office worldwide.

But Jack Barth, a writer whose work has appeared on The Simpsons, claimed last week he had not received the full credit he deserves for writing the original screenplay that provided the basis for the film.

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