Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon were among guests at the world première of Martin Scorsese’s documentary on George Harrison, Living In The Material World.
The première took place at the British Film Institute (BFI) on London’s South Bank. Also in attendance were Pattie Boyd, The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman, and Monty Python’s Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam.
Scorsese made the documentary in collaboration with Harrison’s widow Olivia. Living In The Material World follows the former Beatle’s life from his Liverpool childhood, charting his musical, spiritual and personal journeys through life.
Olivia Harrison opened up her archives to the director, allowing the use of previously unseen footage, diaries and photographs. A tie-in book, also called Living In The Material World, is published in conjunction with the film’s release.
By a force of nature we [she and Scorsese] were guided together. Marty has such a great love of music, I’m really just very fortunate to have him, a great storyteller.
Academy Award-winning director Scorsese spoke of his difficulties in assembling the archive footage alongside interviews with McCartney, Ono and Starr and others.
It’s difficult because you may have a great line of dialogue from one interview when he’s got a beard and moustache and you cut to another one and you say ‘who was the other guy?’ We had to go very slowly on this.
Arriving with his fiancée Nancy Shevell, McCartney told reporters that the event brought back plenty of “fond memories”.
He [Harrison] was my little mate on the school bus when he was very little. And we were both very little, mind you. But it does bring back a lot of fond memories. He is a lovely boy and he is sorely missed by us all.
The documentary has a limited cinema release around the UK on Tuesday 4 October, with further showings later in the week. The book is published on 3 October, and the DVD and Blu-Ray editions go on general release in the UK on 10 October.
Also on this day...
- 2018: Geoff Emerick dies
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles, California
- 2015: Beatles live Cavern Club recording found in desk drawer after 50 years
- 2014: Paul McCartney live: United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas
- 2014: Ringo Starr live: Hard Rock Cafe & Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- 2012: Paul McCartney attends Magical Mystery Tour screening
- 1969: Mixing: Across The Universe
- 1968: Recording: Honey Pie
- 1967: Recording, mixing: Your Mother Should Know, Hello, Goodbye
- 1964: Rehearsal: Shindig!
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
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The film was too much like a hagiography for my taste. There was a lot of scope to discuss the contradictions in George’s life, ie the gardening and environmentalism versus his interest in F1, and the spirituality versus the luxurious lifestyle, drug taking and sexual infidelities. The drop in quality of his albums after All Things Must Pass and the improvement towards the end in Cloud Nine and Brainwashed should also have been covered.
@NEIL I had the same reaction. Imo, Olivia, like Yoko, occasionally revises history to cast her late husband in a glowing light. Not that they wouldn’t glow anyway… They would. But I don’t care for the needless hype.
I haven,’t seen the DVD, but I do have a fashion statement to make, Yoko looks ridiculous in a top hat. Other than that one faux pas everyone looks great. Where was Shani?