Bob Marley film gets a special showing in Haile Selassie's city
A special preview screening of the film Marley (15), the definitive documentary about Bob Marley, followed by a discussion between the film's director, Kevin Macdonald, and poet, writer and performer Benjamin Zephaniah in aid of Ethiopiaid takes place at the Little Theatre Cinema Bath on Sunday, April 15 at 5pm.
It is apt that this special screening is taking place at The Little Theatre cinema since during the Second World War, Emperor Haile Selassie was evacuated to Bath and used to go to the Little to watch news reels. Rastafarians still come to the cinema to pay homage to him.
Oscar winning director, Kevin Macdonald, (State of Play, The Last King of Scotland) returns to his first love which is documentary, for this insightful portrait of reggae legend, Bob Marley.
Made with extensive input from the Marley family, fellow musicians, lovers and friends (including Rita Marley, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Bunny Wailer) the film follows Marley from his impoverished childhood in Jamaica through his ascent to stardom to his battle with cancer and untimely death in 1981 aged 36.
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With around 50 of Marley's songs including some rare recordings, archive photos, and never seen before footage this is a must see for Marley fans.
Director Kevin Macdonald and producer Charles Steel will be in conversation with poet, writer and performer Benjamin Zephaniah following the screening, to discuss the film, reggae and Rastafarianism in the surroundings of Haile Selassie's favourite cinema.
The film's editor, Dan Glendenning, is a Bath resident and he will also be attending the event which is in aid of Ethiopiaid a charity that aims to create lasting and positive change in Ethiopia by tackling the problems of poverty, ill health and poor education.
Robert Nesta 'Bob' Marley who was born in 1945 and died in 1981 was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician.
He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae band Bob Marley & The Wailers from 1963 to 1981.
Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.
Marley's music was heavily influenced by the social issues of his homeland, and he is considered to have given voice to the specific political and cultural nexus of Jamaica.
His best-known hits include I Shot the Sheriff, No Woman, No Cry, Could You Be Loved, Stir It Up, Jamming, Redemption Song, One Love and, Three Little Birds, as well as the posthumous releases Buffalo Soldier and Iron Lion Zion.
Tickets for the showing in Bath are £12.50/£11.50/£10.50 and available from The Little Theatre Box Office on 0871 9025735 or online at www.picturehouses.co.uk.