Noel Gallagher, Yoko Ono and Billy Connolly turn out at London premiere of Martin Scorsese doc
The remaining members of The Beatles reunited for the London premiere of new the film [i]George Harrison: Living In A Material World[/i] last night (October 2).
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were joined by Harrison’s widow Olivia and son Dhani, along with friends, family and high-profile admirers including the director Martin Scorsese, plus Yoko Ono, Sir George Martin, Noel Gallagher, Sir Ben Kingsley, Billy Connolly, Terry Gilliam, Ronnie Wood and Harrison’s first wife Pattie Boyd.
McCartney told BBC News that his bandmate, who died of lung cancer in 2001 aged 58, was “a great man”. He continued: “Every time I see something to do with George it brings back more memories than you would believe. He was my little mate on the school bus. A lot of fond memories. He’s sorely missed by us all.”
A simultaneous premiere was held in the band’s hometown of Liverpool. The exhaustive film, which took Oscar-winner Scorcese five years to complete, documents the guitarist’s rise to fame and his dedication to his philanthropic work.
The director said: “For years, his music seemed to be dealing with themes that I connected with. I found comfort in them and a hope and a special experience listening to his music. I was fascinated by him.”
After a limited run in cinemas, the documentary will be screened in two parts on the BBC in the UK and HBO in the US in November.
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