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The production of the new Bob Marley documentary, “Marley,” could not have happened without the efforts and tenacity of director Kevin Macdonald and the openness of Neville Bunny Wailer, musician and good friend of Bob Marley. Both artists have been an integral part of this film and other venues of of art and music.
The Director: Kevin Macdonald
Kevin Macdonald’s first feature, “One Day In September,” won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2000. His second feature, “Touching The Void,” premiered at Telluride 2003 and won the BAFTA for Best British Film and the Evening Standard Award for Best British Film.
His first feature-length drama, “The Last King Of Scotland,” premiered at Telluride and was released in the UK and the US in 2006. Awards include the BAFTA for Best British Film (Alexander Korda Award) and Best Adapted Screenplay. Forest Whitaker won an Academy Award and a BAFTA for his portrayal of Idi Amin.
Macdonald has made two other dramatic features: “State of Play” (2009), starring Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren and Ben Affleck and “The Eagle” (2011), starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell.
His recent user-generated documentary project, “Life in a Day,” premiered at Sundance 2011 before going on to show at Berlin, SXSW and more than 20 other international festivals.
Macdonald also wrote “Emeric Pressburger: The Life And Death Of A Screenwriter,” which won the BFI film Book of the Year award and was shortlisted for the NCR non-fiction prize, and Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary.
Neville Bunny Wailer
Bunny Wailer is the surviving member of the legendary vocal trio The Wailers, consisting of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Neville O’Riley Livingston C.D. pka Bunny Wailer himself.
The Wailers was formed out of a life-long, family and musical relationship between Bob and Bunny. Similarly the cultural revolution of Rastafari which had been formulating its philosophical and theological foundations from the 30’s and the gaining of political independence for the country were the threads that were woven into their gestation period where the group The Wailers were formed in 1962. This after recruiting Peter Tosh who further influenced this dynamic duo, bringing his own musical mastery and inimitable style and other early members Junior Braithwaite and Beverly Kelso that was augmented by Vision and Cherry Smith at various intervals.
Bunny Wailer will be celebrating his 50th Anniversary in 2012 with “The Wailers 50th Anniversary” album and tour. The Bunny Wailers Sings “The Wailers 50th Anniversary” World Tour 2012-2014, products, events and services is the central activity for the identification, revival and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the ‘Super Group’ The Wailers.