Filmart 2012: Kadokawa Pictures Takes Japanese Rights to ‘Marley’

HONG KONG - Kadokawa Pictures has acquired from Fortissimo Films all rights within Japan of Marley, the documentary on the legendary reggae superstar by Kevin MacDonald, director of documentaries One Day in September and Touching the Void, and The Last King of Scotland, starring Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy.

Marley is scheduled for theatrical release in North America and the U.K. on April 20, and worldwide release in the summer of 2012 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Jamaican independence.

Produced by Shangri-La Entertainment and Tuff Gong Pictures in association with Cowboy Films, the documentary about one of the most influential singers, songwriters, musicians and activists in history premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival last month.

Authorized by the Marley family, including full and unprecedented access to their own private archives, the film follows the life, legacy and global impact of the iconic Jamaican musician, whose work reflects the social and political conditions of the country. Bob Marley’s son Ziggy Marley was one of the executive producers of the film, which was shot in Ghana, Japan, the U.K., the U.S., and Marley’s homeland Jamaica.

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