Published May 17, 2010Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorsese has revealed plans to release his George Harrison biographical documentary to audiences sometime next year. The film, titled Living in the Material World: George Harrison will follow Harrison through his Liverpool childhood, Beatlemania, his visit to India and his relevance and importance as a member of the Beatles.
As the CBC points out, Scorsese recently told the Hollywood Reporter that he's been at work on the documentary with Harrison's widow, Olivia, for the past three years, and that he was juggling the project with his 2010 film Shutter Island. Olivia Harrison, who is producing the film, opened up the family archives for Scorsese.
Olivia Harrison initiated the project years ago, when she was approached by a number of production companies who wanted to make a film of George's life. Initially hesitant - George had wanted to tell his own life story through his video archive - Olivia finally agreed to a film production.
"It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story," she said.
Scorsese, who met Harrison on a number of occasions, told the Hollywood Reporter that "George Harrison's music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that resonates today," and that he was inspired by Harrison's quest for spirituality.
"That subject matter has never left me," says Scorsese. "The more you're in the material world, the more there is a tendency for a search for serenity and a need to not be distracted by physical elements that are around you.
"His music is very important to me, so I was interested in the journey that he took as an artist. The film is an exploration. We don't know. We're just feeling our way through."