8:00 PM, 25th October, 2012
Marley is a biographical documentary about the life and music of Bob Marley. The film's director is Kevin Macdonald, whose previous work includes State of Play (2009) and The Last King of Scotland (2006).
Created with the support of Marley's family, and over 2 hours long, this film is the definitive story of the reggae legend's life. It includes never-before-seen footage, explosive live performances and in-depth interviews with the people that knew him best before his early death from cancer in 1981 at the age of 36.
Marley, the first musician from a developing country to achieve worldwide acclaim, contradicted the idea that reggae musicians are laid-back with a carefree approach to life. Macdonald provides a vivid picture of his journey, from the formation of The Wailers in 1963 with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in dirt-poor Trench Town in Kingston, to the band becoming a major phenomenon with success in both the UK and America.
The film portrays Marley in terms of a bigger narrative: the story of Jamaica itself, pushing to find its way beyond two different cultural empires, Britain and America, while seeking to find a peaceful solution to its sectarian violence and crime.
Marley emerges as a driven, industrious, competitive and charismatic leader who was political in the broadest sense, but never limited by this.