When Bob Marley died from cancer in May 1981, it was the death of an icon. In his relatively short life he helped bring Rastafari culture and Jamaican music to a worldwide audience and for many, he’s probably one of the only Reggae artists they could even name off hand. I say that because I’m one of those people.
This new documentary, Marley, has been years in the making and for a time Martin Scorsese was attached to the project. Unfortunately he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, however the film eventually found a director in Kevin MacDonald.
Which, to be honest, is probably better in my mind. Kevin MacDonald is the director of Touching the Void – one of the most best documentaries I’ve ever seen. Possibly it’s fair to say that’s it more a drama that a documentary but in any case, oftentimes I’ve watched films that undoubtedly had far bigger budgets than he had, and thought “Ah, it’s no Touching the Void… 127 Hours was a prime example of that. Go watch Touching the Void instead.
I haven’t had a chance to see it yet but I’ve seen early reviews from the Berlin Film Festival where is premiered on 12th February 2012. For what I hear, Marley promises to be rich portrait of a man, both musical and spiritual.
I’ve only got one trailer so far so I thought I’d put up one of his videos as well. I’m not a big fan of Bob Marley but I’ve always loved the sentiment in this song.
Video clips available
Theatrical trailer #1
“Redemption Song” by Bob Marley