27 April - 10 May 2012
It’s great to see Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland, The Eagle) returning to his documentary roots for this sprawling film about the life and times of reggae musician Bob Marley. A cultural icon, Marley’s music still speaks to and resonates with fans around the world: Macdonald’s film is a successful attempt to show us why.
Through interviews with former bandmates, family and childhood friends, Macdonald traces Bob Marley’s journey from Trench Town in Kingston, Jamaica, to iconic music superstar. The film explores his songwriting and development as a musician from the early ska days to the creation of Catch a Fire. It explores his conversion to Rastafarianism and never shies away from his complicated personal life, all set against the explosive backdrop of Jamaican politics. Diagnosed with cancer in 1977,Marley, following the bad advice of those in his inner circle, did not seek proper treatment until it was too late and his life was cut cruelly short in 1981 at the age of 36.
Meticulously researched, beautifully shot and including never before seen footage, this documentary is a real testament to the power of music to affect political and cultural change. It’s an absolute must-see for all BobMarley fans.