The quiet Beatle was honored in a film tribute by acclaimed director Martin Scorsese with a documentary titled George Harrison: Living in the Material World.
Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach along with Paul McCartney and fiancee Nancy Shevell, attended the U.K. premiere of a film honoring their fallen Beatles bandmate George Harrison, George Harrison: Living in the Material World last night.
The Martin Scorsese documentary chronicles the life of Harrison from his early childhood through his death in 2001 at the age of 58. It took the director five years to complete.
It was released in U.K. theaters for one night only and will air on HBO on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, Oct. 6. It will then air on the BBC in November.
The documentary will feature unseen footage from the singer and songwriter’s childhood and interviews with bandmates Starr and McCartney, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, as well as many of his musician friends.
Scorsese told reporters on the red carpet, “Harrison’s music is really what the key is for me. For years, he seemed to be dealing with themes that I’ve connected with over the past 35 or 45 years of making movies. The same themes, really, or similar, and I’ve found comfort in them. A kind of hope and special experience listening to his music, so I was fascinated by him really.”
Paul McCartney also had some kind words for his beloved friend. “Everytime I see something to do with George, it brings back more memories than you would believe. He was a great man. He was my little mate on the school bus. A lot of fond memories. He’s sorely missed by us all.”
Said George’s wife, Olivia Harrison of the project, “Martin Scorsese’s intuition towards George was evident the first time we met to discuss the project. He sensed what George was about: his music, his strong beliefs, his art, his place in the Beatles’ story and his extraordinary life afterwards. Marty’s wonderful film has found all of that and more.”
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