George Harrison HBO Documentary to Show his Spiritual Life

This Fall, HBO will air a documentary on former Beatle, George Harrison, called “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.” Produced by Martin Scorsese, along with Harrison’s widow Olivia, the three and half hour film will air on October 5 and 6, 2011, according to a report by

“From rock’n’roll icon to moviemaker, to spiritual seeker and humanitarian, George Harrison was a true renaissance man,” HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo said in the report. “This amazing film will illuminate every aspect of Harrison’s remarkable, multifaceted life.”

The documentary will focus on Harrison’s musical and spiritual journey, and will include his life as a young boy in Liverpool through his Beatles fame, as well as his later life as a philanthropist and filmmaker before his death in 2001.

Never-before-seen photos and home movies will be seen, and it will star Harrison’s closest friends, such as Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart.

“George Harrison’s music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that resonates today,” Scorsese told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

The film is named after Harrison’s 1973 album, and commenting on the title, Scorsese told The Hollywood Reporter: “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.”