Monday, October 3, 2011

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

George Harrison from the Martin Scorsese documentary "George Harrison: Living In The Material World."

GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD  premieres on HBO over two nights Wednesday and Thursday October 5th and 6th.

Synopsis: Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist, and filmmaker. Scorsese weaves together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies, and photographs.

Interviews include Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart. They speak honestly and frankly about Harrison’s many talents and contradictions.

Much of the material in the film has never been seen or heard before. The result is a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the most talented artists of his generation and a profoundly intimate and affecting work of cinema.

The film was produced by Scorsese (through his Sikelia Productions banner), Olivia Harrison (through her Grove Street Pictures banner) and Nigel Sinclair (through Exclusive’s documentary label, Spitfire Pictures). Margaret Bodde served as the film’s executive producer and the film was edited by David Tedeschi, who previously worked with Scorsese, Bodde and Sinclair on the Grammy Award-winning No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and with Scorsese and Bodde on the Rolling Stone concert film Shine A Light and Public Speaking. Scott Pascucci also served as an executive producer for Grove Street.

Additionally, Abrams Books has published Olivia Harrison’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World, a personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia from George’s life that reveals the arc of his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, to the astonishment of the Beatles years, to his days as an independent musician and bohemian squire. The book release is to coincide with the release of Scorsese’s film.


Documentary examines George Harrison [L.A. Times]

Within Him, Without Him [New York Times]

The Private Life of George Harrison [Rolling Stone]

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