Featured photo by Kate Simon. Joining the Emmy Award winning VH1 Roc Doc repository is the highly anticipated debut of documentary, ‘Marley’ from critically acclaimed Scottish director, Kevin Macdonald best known for his Academy Award winning documentary, ‘One Day in September’ and film ‘The Last King of Scotland’, in which Forrest Whitaker took home Oscar for Best Leading Actor. ‘Marley’, follows the life of legendary Singer/Songwriter/Musician, Bob Marley, a man who influenced the world, his story will be told in an unparalleled way, vividly showcasing all aspects of Marley’s childhood, career, political impact, relationships, fatherhood and battle with cancer.
Contributing writer, Lacey Seidman for vh1.com gives a detailed insight of the VH1 Roc Doc ‘Marley’ stating…
“An array of archival photos help director Kevin Macdonald paint a picture of the legendary hit-maker’s humble youth; capturing the band’s creative process and Marley’s gradual ascent within the music industry, Marley also boasts rare-seen performance footage and insider interviews to shed light on the musician’s career spikes, spiritual vision and untimely death. As record producers, engineers, band-mates, and executives wax nostalgic on the dreadlock-donning international superstar, viewers are slowly immersed into Marley’s world; one where activism, the affections of women, and a competitive attitude all played a major role in the trajectory of his success.
Featuring candid interviews from Marley’s mother, cousins, children Ziggy and Cedella, wife Rita, and girlfriends, the film is not only informative, but also remarkably personal. Before embarking on his musical calling, Marley was consumed with rejection. The product of an inter-racial relationship between his Jamaican mother and barely-present English father, a light-skinned Marley often found himself isolated and outside the norm of Jamaican culture, or as he called it, “half-caste.” A well-behaved kid, Marley grew up shy and poor, often going to bed hungry as he dreamt of a better life — one filled with acceptance and peace instead of pain and an empty belly.
Like many of music’s most captivating characters, ambition became the bi-product of Marley’s anguish as he got older, and pushing those around him to embrace his idiosyncrasies was an organic and forgivable standard. Fathering 11 children from 7 relationships, Marley was dedicated to his craft and often siphoned his inspiration during sleepless nights of songwriting. Beyond music, the film goes in-depth on the musician’s active membership in the Rastafari Movement and wherein he placed his faith: Jah, and Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie I, the man many Rastas believed to be the second coming of Christ. Impacting his exercise-driven lifestyle and increasingly strong activist message, Marley advocated vegetarianism, spiritual use of marijuana, and tried his best to peacefully navigate Jamaican gang violence that festered within the country’s divided political parties – all puzzle pieces that are vividly captured in the Rock Doc.” – Lacey Seidman contributing writer for vh1.com
If you are staying in tonight definitely curl up and tune in tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT for VH1 Roc Doc ‘Marley’