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Marley, the movie: the view from Jamaica

20 April 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley biopic opens in cinemas this weekend - after receiving its premiere in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday night in front of thousands of locals and family members

For your run-of-the-mill movie premiere, a red carpet will suffice. But for the first public screening of "the definitive story" of the world's most famous Rastafarian – held in his home town of Kingston, Jamaica – it would surely only be appropriate to upgrade the flooring to red, gold and green.

The tri-coloured runway must have seemed a cute idea to the organisers of this huge open-air event, which took place on Thursday night in the city's Emancipation Park. Local media had been publicising the opening of British director Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley biopic for weeks. With entrance free and open to all, a crowd of 4,000 had gathered, among them hundreds of Rastas. But the dreadlocracy took a dim view »

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