With a resume that includes The Last Waltz (The Band), No Direction Home (Bob Dylan), The Blues and Shine a Light (The Rolling Stones) it’s no wonder that George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, turned to Scorsese to make the definitive rock anthology about the late Beatle. No one does rock & roll like Scorsese. He explained recently, post Cannes Film Festival, that the documentary, Living in a Material World: George Harrison, will look at Harrison’s journey as an artist before, during and after life as part of the world’s most popular rock band.
Having collaborated with Olivia Harrison and producer, Nigel Sinclair, who produced the Dylan documentary with Scorsese, for the last several years, the Harrison documentary will make extensive use of archival footage pulled from his estate.
Given that both The Blues and No Direction Home landed on PBS, let’s hope this one finds a home there too.
An upcoming side PBS programming note – two new John Lennon programs find their way to PBS and KERA this Fall. Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) will star in John Lennon Naked as part of the Masterpiece series and then John Lennon: The New York Years will air as part of the American Masters series. Again, two programs well worth the time spent viewing.