Thursday, 10 January 2013

CULTURE BEAT: Marley nominated for British Academy Award + Nettleford documentary to debut next month + RFF 2013 now accepting entries

HE IS LEGEND: It might have narrowly missed out on an Academy Award nomination, but the team behind the acclaimed Marley documentary still have much to celebrate this week as the Kevin Macdonald-directed docu-film has earned a BAFTA (British Oscars) nod for Best Documentary, a wonderful consolation by any standards. It is up against The Imposter, McCullin, Searching For Sugar Man, and West Of Memphis. The winner will be announced during an awards ceremony in England on Feb. 10. Meantime, Marley is also among the contenders for an NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary – Theatrical or Television.

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS: And while we’re on the twin subjects of legends and documentaries, the long-promised cinematic take on the remarkable life of the late cultural icon Rex Nettleford will debut next month to coincide with the observance of his 80th birthday as well as Black History Month. Directed by noted filmmaker Lennie Little-White, the one-hour Rex: The Renaissance Man was funded by the Rex Nettleford Foundation. “Our problem is that the film is one-hour and to put in all aspects of his life is a challenge,” notes Little-White. “We don't want it to be an academic piece. We want the little boy watching to see that with hard work what can be accomplished.”

THE LIFE CINEMATIC: The hardworking crew behind the Reggae Film Festival has announced tentative dates for this year’s staging of the ever-expanding film-and-awards fest. For 2013, the RFF is set to take place in Kingston from Aug. 1-5 at a venue to be announced. Meantime, interested participants are being urged to start sending in their entries, bearing in mind the closing date of March 31. To learn more, visit

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