Saturday, February 11, 2012

New 'Marley' documentary - Premieres 12th+13th Feb.2012 at Berlin's International Film Festival

The long awaited documentary by Kevin MacDonald titled "Marley" is to get it's European premiere in Berlin tomorrow night, all online tickets have now sold out. Director Kevin Macdonald, Rohan Marley and Neville Garrick, will be in Berlin tomorrow night to present the film.

Kevin Macdonald’s Bob Marley documentary is set for a North American and UK theatrical release on April 20th 2012 and has already been acquired by  Magnolia Pictures and VH1 for U.S. rights and its first TV window respectively, has now been picked up by Universal Pictures International Entertainment for the UK and Scandinavia, while Lucky Red has secured the rights for Italy and Avalon Distribution for Spain.

In addition, international sales agent Fortissimo Films completed sales of Marley for South Africa’s Nu Metro, Portugal’s Lusomundo/Film & TV House, Germany and Austria’s Studio Canal Germany, and Poland’s Best Film.

Other sales were secured with France’s Wild Side Films, HBO Latin America, Australia and New Zealand’s Roadshow Films, Benelux’s E1, Middle East’s Front Row and Switzerland’s Elite Film.
The documentary, produced by Shangri-La Entertainment and Tuff Gong Pictures, is set for a North American and UK theatrical release on April 20. Director Kevin Macdonald, Marley’s son Rohan and long-time collaborator, Neville Garrick, will be in Berlin to present the film on February 12.

Marley is being billed as the “definitive” film about the music icon, and marks the first time his family has authorized the use of its private archives.

The Universal Pictures deal was brokered by Fortissimo’s managing director of international sales, Nelleke Driessen.

“Bob Marley is one of a very few true international icons,” Driessen said. “His image, music and messages of love and peace have crossed borders, boundaries and cultures and are as relevant in the world today as ever. We are extremely happy that the team at Universal share our passion for the subject matter and see the potential for this landmark project. There is no better company to bring this film to audiences across the UK and Scandinavia where Bob remains so popular.”

(Above taken from an article by Kelly Anderson of

"The third album I ever bought, aged about 12 or 13, was Uprising," he said.

"I never got to see him live. I was too young. S one of the great things about making the documentary was I got the excuse to be really nosy, be a detective, and find out what who this man was."

Filming has taken MacDonald all over the world - from Marley's home in Jamaica to India, Japan, Uganda, Kenya and Uganda.

"Part of the idea is trying to look at the influence he's had all around the world," MacDonald explained.

"We filmed in Tunisia because Bob Marley was culturally influential in the recent revolution.

"People were chanting 'Get up, stand up' when they were demonstrating in the streets."

"My interest, in a large part, is why he speaks so much to people around the world. Why, unlike any other popular musician, his philosophy, his lyrical message continue to resonate with people."

Listen to more of Kevin MacDonald's BBC Radio 6 interview from May 2011 below.

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