Kill the Giggler

MARLEY, SENNA, and the rise of the ‘bio-docs’

Last week saw the release of MARLEY (check out my review over at DocGeeks here), a new documentary from Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald on the short but eventful life of Bob Marley. It’s a whistle-stop tour through the reggae singer’s life, covering all the bases you might expect: the influence of marijuana, Haile Selassie and the Rastafarian faith on his music; his prolific womanizing (he sired 11 children from 7 different mothers); and his role as a peace activist and cultural icon. With a nationwide distribution and the legendary status of its subject, MARLEY is the most high-profile documentary release since last year’s SENNA, and the two films certainly invite many comparisons.