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Date set for new BOB MARLEY film premiere; US distribution rights agreed

The first ever authorised documentary on BOB MARLEY’s life, entitled ‘Marley’, will premiere later this month at the 62nd International Film Festival (9-19 Feb.) in Berlin.

BOB MARLEY’s family has also granted permission for VH1 and Magnolia Pictures to distribute the film in the US, expected to hit theatres from April.

Academy Award-winning director Kevin McDonald took on the challenge of making the film, alongside ZIGGY MARLEY and Island Records’ founder Chris Blackwell as executive producers.

The documentary makes use of never-before-seen footage of MARLEY, archival photos and interviews with family, friends and band mates from THE WAILERS. It represents the first time his family has contributed directly to a re-telling of the musician’s life.

The film will debut in the US at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in March.

BOB MARLEY would have turned 67 on Monday (6 February).

Martin Scorsese was originally working on this documentary for the Weinstein Company back in 2008, but left citing "scheduling conflicts" and was replaced by Jonathan Demme

According to the IMDB "the project came to a standstill in August 2009 when Demme left the project after he and producer Steve Bing had creative differences in the middle of editing”.

Finally Scottish film director Kevin Macdonald was appointed. His achievements include 'The Last King of Scotland' and 'One Day in September' for which he won an Oscar.

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