2012 Culture & Society [Nf]

Oscar winning documentarian Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September) examines the life of pioneering reggae artist Bob Marley in this film featuring intimate footage from the family's personal archives.

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Starring: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jimmy Cliff


  • Marley was directed by the gifted Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), who shows off his chops not by doing anything dazzling - the film is documentary prose, not poetry - but by treating Marley as a man of depth and nuance, of inner light and shadow.

    Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly

    26 April 2013

  • Marley is sure to become the definitive documentary on the much beloved king of reggae.

    - The Hollywood Reporter

    26 April 2013

  • Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat.

    Scott Bowles - USA Today

    26 April 2013

  • By the end you feel you've learned something about the man, yet his mystique emerges intact.

    Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline

    26 April 2013

  • The director, Kevin Macdonald, searches for clarity amid the contradictions of Marley's life and reaches no conclusions, but that's a tribute to his subject's complexity in a film of fascinating too-muchness.

    Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

    26 April 2013


  • Best Documentary Film

    BAFTA Awards (2013)

  • Best Documentary

    Black Reel Awards (2013)

  • Best Documentary

    British Independent Film Awards (2012)

  • Best Documentary

    Evening Standard British Film Awards (2013)

  • Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

    Grammy Awards (2013)