George Harrison: Living in the Material World

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George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Produced by Olivia Harrison
Martin Scorsese
Nigel Sinclair
Starring George Harrison
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Martin Kenzie
Edited by David Tedeschi
Distributed by HBO
Release date
  • 5 October 2011 (2011-10-05)
Running time
208 min
Country United States
Language English

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

The film currently holds an 85% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 34 professional reviews.[1]


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 Krishna Consciousness movement 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 had wanted 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."[2]

Throughout 2008 and 2009, Scorsese alternated working between Shutter Island and the documentary. Scorsese, his editor David Tedeschi, and a small army of researchers spent five years assembling interviews, music, film clips, photos, and memorabilia.[3]

The documentary premièred at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool on 2 October 2011.[4] It was shown on HBO in two parts on 5 and 6 October 2011 in the United States and Canada[5][6] and as a two part Arena special on BBC Two on 12 and 13 November 2011 in the United Kingdom.[7]

Deluxe Edition CD[edit]

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


Olivia Harrison co-authored (with Mark Holborn) and Scorsese wrote the forward for the book Living in the Material World: George Harrison, released in 2011.[8]


The documentary earned two Primetime Emmy Awards, Outstanding Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming for director Martin Scorsese. It also earned nominations for Outstanding Cinematography, Picture Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.[9]


  1. ^ "George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Carlick, Stephen (17 May 2010). "Martin Scorsese to Unveil George Harrison Documentary in 2011". Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Scorsese's George Harrison film gets Liverpool premiere". BBC News. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "George Harrison: Living In The Material World Official Trailer Is Released". Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "George Harrison: Living In The Material World". HBO Canada. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "George Harrison: Living In The Material World". BBC. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Harrison, Olivia & Holborn, Mark & Theroux, Paul (Introduction) & Scorsese, Martin (Foreword) (September 27, 2011). Living in the Material World: George Harrison (First (Hardcover) ed.). Abrams, Harry N., Inc. ISBN 9781419702204. 
  9. ^ "George Harrison: Living In The Material World Awards & Nominations". 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 

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