Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese traces Harrison’s life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool though his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker, weaving together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and photographs. Much of the material in the film has never been seen or heard before. The result is a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the most talented artists of his generation and a profoundly intimate and affecting work of cinema.
2. GQ sat down with George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison, to talk about his dad and the new documentary.
GQ: I noticed the RZA, of all people, is on your other band, thenewno2’s new EP.
Dhani Harrison: RZA is an old pal. He’s a really, really sweet guy. I’m a huge Wu-Tang fan. ODB is my guy. I got a bit obsessed with him from the first time I heard his record. One day I got a call and [Wu-Tang’s people] said, “Can we use your sample?” And I said “Of course you can. You’re the Wu-Tang Clan.” So [RZA] returned the favor by playing on newno2.
GQ: One last thought on the documentary. With so much personal interest vested in it, what do you hope people take away from the film?
Dhani Harrison: [Long pause] Take from it what you will. We all know how it ends. It’s heavy. [My dad] was a very interesting guy. I’m still learning from him.
I’m like a giddy school girl for this documentary.