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Ex-Beatles at Harrison film premiere

(From left) Producer Nigel Sinclair, DirectorMartin Scorsese, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Producer OliviaHarrison, and Ringo Starr in London on Sunday.

(From left) Producer Nigel Sinclair, DirectorMartin Scorsese, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Producer OliviaHarrison, and Ringo Starr in London on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Joel Ryan

For Beatles' fans who thronged the premiere of Martin Scorsese's much-anticipated film on George Harrison here on Sunday, there was unexpected bonus: surviving ex-Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were on the red carpet to share their memories of Harrison their “little mate'' .

“Every time I see anything to do with George it brings back more memories than you would believe. He was my little mate on the school bus ... when he was very little. He's sorely missed by us all,” said McCartney who was accompanied by his fiancee, Nancy Shevell.

Scorsese's documentary, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”, tracing the life and work of the guitarist who died in 2001 at the age of 58, is to be released in British cinemas only for one night on Tuesday but will be telecast by the BBC next month. Based on hitherto unseen footage from Harrison's childhood and interviews with his widow Olivia, McCartney, Starr and John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, among others, it focuses on the Fab Four guitarist's search for spiritual fulfilment through music.

Harrison, who was drawn to Indian culture in the 1960s in pursuit of spiritualism, once said: “We had lots of material things at quite an early age and we learned that wasn't it, we still lacked something.”

Scorsese said Harrison's music “connected'' with him.

“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,” said the Oscar-winning director.

Guitarist Eric Clapton described “George'' as someone special who created “something unique''.

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