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Year: 2012 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is expected to have certain elements which are subtitled, but it is not expected that the entire film will contain them. 
Directed by Kevin Macdonald 
Starring: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff  
An image from Marley

“Don’t worry, about a thing. Cos’ every little thing, is gonna be alright.”

Lyrics like this only serve to validate the universal appeal that Bob Marley has earned from generations of music-lovers. A hit with communalistic, hippie circles at Woodstock, Marley still seems to garner equal approval and adoration from young inductees to music today. Where Cliff Richard and George Michael appear dated and typecast to a generation, Marley has somehow eluded proscription to a decade or a type of listener.

The music of Bob Marley has a power to evoke an awesome spectrum of emotions from a vast range of people. His lyrics speak honesty and pacifism in a truly humbling manner that supercedes cliché or banality.

Marley is the astonishing biopic documenting the unbridled lifestyle of this legendary Reggae musician, from the birth of his career to his overnight international infamy. Director Kevin MacDonald departs from his preferred political thrillers to bring us this detailed exploration of the events that precipitated this iconic star’s unexpected explosion of popularity. Marley is an exhaustive account of Bob Marley as a revolutionary, a father, a musician, but most importantly as the inspiration for generations. MacDonald manages to depict this through an assortment of rare footage coupled with interviews from the people who knew him best, including Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Rita Marley.

The film features thirteen of Marley’s legendary tracks, as well as electrifying footage from live gigs that provide the audience with a fascinating insight into Reggae’s greatest artist.

Georgie Rawson

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Screenings of this film:

2012/2013 Autumn Term (digital)