Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr Hit London Premiere of Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison Doc

5:17 AM PST 10/03/2011 by Stuart Kemp
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McCartney calls the guitarist “a great man” and says “George Harrison: Living In The Material World” brought band memories flooding back.

LONDON – Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr rocked up to support the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World.

The two surviving members of popular beat combo The Beatles boosted the launch of Scorsese’s doc on Harrison who died in 2001.

McCartney was on hand at the premiere in London at the BFI Southbank Sunday alongside Starr to up the profile of the anticipated documentary.

McCartney described Harrision as “a great man” and told the gathered media that the film had made the memories come flooding back.

The documentary is set to receive a limited cinematic release before being shown on HBO in the U.S. and on the BBC here.

It is split into two parts - first chronicling the Beatles' rise to fame, then documenting the solo years, when Harrison juggled music with philanthropic work and a career as a movie impresario.

Five years in the making, the three-and-a-half hour film was pieced together as Scorsese worked on Shutter Island and forthcoming 3D family film Hugo.

Harrison's widow Olivia, who also has a producer credit, allowed Scorsese access to the family archive of photos, home videos and personal effects.

Also on hand in London were the Beatles' former producer George Martin, Yoko Ono, Noel Gallagher, Billy Connolly, Terry Gilliam and Ronnie Wood.

Said McCartney: “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."

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