By Rachel Ogbu
Oscar-winning documentary maker, Kevin Macdonald has made a biography of reggae legend, Bob Marley.
Aided by the singer’s family and record label who gave the project their blessing, the first authorised film of his life premiered at the Berlin film festival, and while questions about Marley remain, it goes some way to revealing the man behind the myth.
Critics are already raving about this documentary and Macdonald told Reuters he just wanted to make a very simple film. “I just felt like there weren’t any good films about him and a lot of misinformation,” this week. It’s the most conventional film I think I ever made, very straight forward, just trying to be a detective and uncover the truth about his life and the truth about his character,” he said.
The biography titled; “Marley”, features interviews with Marley’s children, his wife Rita, friends and a former band mate, as well as concert footage.
The film trails Marley’s life and career journey from a boy born in a small village in Jamaica to a music superstar who brought reggae to a worldwide audience.
He died of cancer in 1981 aged 36.