One of the films with great advance word at SXSW, which opens Friday, is Kevin Macdonald’s “Marley,” which screens at SXSW on Sunday. It debuted well in Berlin, where Magnolia Pictures scooped it up. (I skipped the advance vimeo link in favor of a live audience at the Paramount.) Magnolia will release “Marley” in theaters and on VOD April 20, 2012.
The movie, which delves into Marley family archives, was a long time coming. Martin Scorsese was attached at one time, and Jonathan Demme labored on it for several years– until producer Steve Bing turned to Macdonald, who did not use any previous interview material. Even if you’re well-versed on the late reggae master, who died at age 36 of melanoma in 1981, I’m told there’s plenty of amazing material you don’t know.
Besides, doc and feature switch-hitter Macdonald has yet to go wrong…from Oscar-winning doc “One Day in September,” “Touching the Void” and “The Last King of Scotland,” which won Forest Whitaker an Oscar, to real-video compilation “Life in a Day.” Well, there was that period actioner “The Eagle,” starring Channing Tatum…nobody’s perfect.