One Love: Marley film has Berlin critics crowing

Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:58pm EST
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By Juliane Keck

BERLIN (Reuters) - Oscar-winning documentary maker Kevin Macdonald has made what critics are calling the definitive biography of reggae legend Bob Marley, aided by the singer's family and record label who have given the project their blessing.

The first authorized film of his life had its premiere at the Berlin film festival, and while questions about Marley remain, it goes some way to revealing the man behind the myth.

"I just felt like there weren't any good films about him and a lot of misinformation," Macdonald told Reuters this week.

"I wanted to make a very simple film. It's the most conventional film I think I ever made, very straight forward, just trying to be a detective and uncover the truth about his life and the truth about his character."

"Marley," too long for some reviewers at 144 minutes, features interviews with Marley's children, his wife Rita, friends and a former bandmate, as well as concert footage.

And with his record label Island also on board, the soundtrack speaks for itself.

The film traces Marley's well-documented journey from a boy born in a small village in Jamaica to a music superstar who brought reggae and the Rastafari movement to a global audience.

He died of cancer in 1981 aged 36.   Continued...

Neville Garrick (L), Rohan Marley (R) and director Kevin Macdonald pose during a photocall promoting the movie "Marley" at the 62nd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Peter