George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Directed by Martin Scorcese
Running time: 208 minutes
Nominated for a BAFTA award, this epic, 3 ½ hour documentary, directed by Martin Scorcese, uses previously unseen footage, private letters and home movie clips to radically alter our perception of the 'quiet Beatle'. Scorcese, who has devoted himself to music documentaries in recent years with such films as a seven-part history of the Blues (The Blues, 2003), an acclaimed documentary of Bob Dylan (No Direction Home, 2005) and a film about the Rolling Stone's concert at New York's Beacon Theatre (Shine a Light, 2008) has described Harrison as a man who “was trying to find a way to simplicity”. Focusing on Harrison's frustrations with burgeoning fame as well as the development of his Eastern spirituality, the film charts his early rise to fame to his untimely death in 2001. The film features contributions from a huge array of musicians (with the notable, but not surprising, exception of Bob Dylan) including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty and Eric Clapton, who tells of his all-consuming envy after falling in love with Harrison's first wife, Patty Boyd. Producers Phil Spector and Sir George Martin reveal Harrison's central concern with music and his quest for perfection. Produced by his second wife, Olivia Harrison, and narrated by his son Dhani, this film about the Beatle who once told an interviewer that "I am even more normal than normal people" is full of surprises.
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.