Beatles fans are never short of a documentary or two, but they probably never expected one from the director of GoodFellas.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Martin Scorsese has documented musical history, however. He was an editor on the legendary Woodstock, made No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, and recently captured the Rolling Stones live in Shine a Light. He seems like the ideal filmmaker to tackle the life of enigmatic Beatle George Harrison.
The HBO production is called George Harrison: Living in the Material World, and will premiere at the New York Film Festival before airing on US television in October. The official blurb:
“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. 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.”
We’ll be sure to keep you posted on a UK air-date or potential theatrical release.