Scorsese Directed George Harrison Doc Out Next Year

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Martin Scorsese’s documentary about George Harrison entitled Living in the Material World: George Harrison, is expected to come out next year the director says. Working with Harrison’s widow, Olivia for the past three years the film will look at the former Beatles guitarist’s life before, during and after his time spent with the band.

After Harrison died of cancer in 2001, a doc about his life has been pitched several times by production companies including the BBC, but Olivia resisted for the sake that her late husband always wanted to make a documentary on his own. Eventually she turned to Nigel Sinclair who had produced the Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home, directed by Scorsese, whom Harrison had known.

“This is a deeply personal journey for me, it’s been excruciating,” Olivia said. “I’ve been archiving for five years — 35 years, really. Throwing cassettes and letters in drawers, little things and pieces of paper that you find that say, ‘Goats on my roof.’ You think, What does that mean? But I feel really safe, I feel protected. Marty had a connection with George, and they spent time together. And he’s passionate about film and music as George was passionate about music and film.”

It is reported that Harrison left lots of unreleased material and rare footage, which will be implemented in the film. “Ultimately, we’re trying to have the development of his own music tell the story, if we can,” Scorsese said. “And the images that he shot, that (Olivia) shot, a lot of this is telling the story. There are some famous bits and some very interesting new material.” [Yahoo]

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