Friday, 9 March 2012
REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL: Marley documentary NOT among films to be screened (plus EXCLUSIVE clip)
Great news: Marley, the highly acclaimed new documentary on the life of reggae icon Bob Marley is on its way to Jamaica for a grand free-to-the-public screening inside the Emancipation Park on April 19. Not-so-good news: the screening will not form part of the 2012 Reggae Film Fest activities, although it is set to take place in the midst of this year’s festival – and a press announcement was made recently to the contrary.
According to chief organizer of the RFF, Barbara Blake-Hannah, her team had secured confirmation to show Marley at the festival, but new decisions have been made. “I made a premature announcement that the film would be in the [festival]. [And] this was based on [me] going ahead without all necessary confirmations,” she tells TALLAWAH. “My apologies for any embarrassment I may have caused to the organizers.”
The RFF, originally scheduled for April 17-21, will close on the night of the Marley premiere to allow everyone to see and participate in this major event.
Marley, considered the definitive film project on the life and global impact of the the late reggae legend, promises previously unheard music and never-before-seen footage. The work of Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin MacDonald, it premiered to positive reviews in February at the Berlin International Film Festival.
In this exclusive clip, former manager of the Wailers Allan 'Skill' Cole, general director Neville Garrick and others talk about Bob's religious devotion, healthy routines, and competitive spirit: