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George Harrison: Living in the Material World

For the album, see Living in the Material World.

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Initial release poster, used in adverts
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Produced by Olivia Harrison
Martin Scorsese
Nigel Sinclair
Starring George Harrison
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Martin Kenzie
Editing by David Tedeschi
Release date(s)
Running time 208 min
Language English

George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a 2011 documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the life of Beatles member George Harrison. It has earned six nominations at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming.


The film follows music legend George Harrison's story from his early life in Liverpool, the Beatlemania phenomenon, his travels to India, the influence of Indian culture in his music, and his relevance and importance as a member of The Beatles. It consists of previously unseen footage and interviews with Olivia and Dhani Harrison, friends, and many others.



After Harrison's death in 2001, various production companies approached his widow Olivia about producing a film about her late husband's life. She declined because he wished to tell his own life story through his video archive. Upon meeting Scorsese, she gave her blessings and signed on to the film project as a producer.

According to Scorsese, he was attracted to the project because "That subject matter has never left me...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."[1]

Throughout 2008 and 2009, Scorsese alternated working between Shutter Island and the documentary.

The documentary premièred at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool on 2 October 2011.[2] It was shown on HBO in two parts on 5 and 6 October 2011 in the US and Canada[3][4] and as a two part Arena special on BBC Two on 12 and 13 November 2011 in the UK.[5]

Deluxe Edition CD

All songs written by George Harrison, except where noted.

  1. "My Sweet Lord" (Demo) – 3:33
  2. "Run of the Mill" (Demo) – 1:56
  3. "I'd Have You Anytime" (Early Take) (George Harrison, Bob Dylan) – 3:06
  4. "Mama, You've Been on My Mind" (Demo) (Bob Dylan) – 3:04
  5. "Let It Be Me" (Demo) (Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë) – 2:56
  6. "Woman Don't You Cry for Me" (Early Take) – 2:44
  7. "Awaiting on You All" (Early Take) – 2:40
  8. "Behind That Locked Door" (Demo) – 3:29
  9. "All Things Must Pass" (Demo) – 4:38
  10. "The Light That Has Lighted the World" (Demo) – 2:23


The documentary earned two Primetime Emmy Awards, one for Outstanding Nonfiction Special and the other for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming for director Martin Scorsese. It also earned nominations for Outstanding Cinematography, Picture Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.[6]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Rotten Tomatoes

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