Marley documentary to première at Berlin Film Fest

People attending this year’s Berlin Film Festival are sure to be jammin’ along to the première of Kevin MacDonald’s much anticipated Bob Marley documentary.

The film is thought to include rare and exclusive music, records and photographs of the reggae singer, which have only just been released by his family.

MacDonald (the filmmaker behind movies such as The Last King Of Scotland as well as documentaries like Touching the Void) was given access to private family archives during his research into the Jamaican star’s life. But his investigations didn’t stop there – he then dropped in to Uganda, Kenya, India and Japan to see how Marley’s music is still having an effect on the world.

The documentary, simply named ‘Marley‘, will explore the musician’s life and legacy through unseen, rare archives. It will also feature a number of interviews from people close to Marley, as well as discovering why his music still has a strong impact virtually all over the world.

Macdonald deserves a pat on the back for completing the project as previously both Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) and Martin Scorsese (Hugo) started work on the idea before giving up.

Marley will be screened at the 62nd annual International Berlin Film Festival, which takes place between 9th -19th February. British writer and film directer, Mike Leigh (Topsy Turvy), has been selected as the Jury President.

Born in February 1945, this year would be Marley’s 67th birthday. He teamed up with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh to form the The Wailing Wailers, which later became Bob Marley and the Wailers.

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