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Director Kevin Macdonald Talks The Long Road To Making His Documentary 'Marley,' And Why It's The Opposite Of 'Senna'

  • By John Lichman
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  • April 19, 2012 3:59 PM
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Talking about icons can take a while, especially when you're tasked with an international icon like Bob Marley, whose face and music are synonymous with Jamaica, reggae and college dorms. Kevin Macdonald's new documentary, "Marley," takes nearly two hours to explore the culture and relationships that the singer forged in Jamaica, his politics and the fact that people shouldn't be too freaked out by the running time. The Playlist sat down with Macdonald to bring up Boney M, how "Marley" is the opposite of "Senna" and his upcoming projects.

'Tyrannosaur' Tops Winners At British Independent Film Awards, 'Shame,' 'Kevin' And 'Weekend' Also Triumph

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 7:08 AM
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Last year, the awards sweep of "The King's Speech" was, in a way, begun by the British Independent Film Awards, an organisation that's been running for a decade-and-a-half, of increasingly prominent stature, who anointed Tom Hooper's period drama their Best British Film Award, beginning a string of glory that took it all the way to Best Picture at the Oscars. However, it led to many accusing the body, by giving their top-prize to a solid, but safe seemingly made to pick up BAFTAs, of losing their edge.

National Board Of Review Gives Best Picture & Director To 'Hugo'; Tilda Swinton & George Clooney Take Acting Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2011 4:14 PM
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The Amazing Race: 'Shame' & 'Tinker Tailor' Lead Noms At British Independent Film Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 5:30 AM
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Paddy Considine's 'Tyrannosaur' Also Wins Seven Nods, 'Kevin' & 'Kill List' Close BehindWhen "Chariots of Fire" writer Colin Weiland announced on stage at the 1982 Oscars that "The British are coming!," it went on to live in infamy; the British failed to come, and the U.K. film industry continued on much as it had before. But if David Seidler or Tom Hooper had exclaimed the same at the Academy Awards this February, there might have been less egg on their face -- the victory, and huge box office success of "The King's Speech" has been a precursor to the best year for British film that we can remember.

'Coriolanus' Producer & 'Senna' Writer Teaming Up For Formula 1 Film Based Around Ferrari Team

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 15, 2011 8:25 AM
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For those unfamiliar with the Formula 1 racing documentary "Senna," the somewhat surprising hit takes a look at the life of Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, who won three F1 championships before his untimely death at the age of 34. While fans of Formula 1 and cinephiles didn't seem like a natural mix, the doc has received acclaim from many outlets (including us), and become something of an international box-office hit. With the film catching many critics and audiences off guard, it was only a matter of time before those behind the film started earning some clout in the movie business. First up, is writer Manish Pandey, who's being picked by "Coriolanus" producer Julia Taylor-Stanley to write a film based around the Ferrari F1 team.

Review: Not A Racing Fan? 'Senna' May Not Convert But Still An Absorbing Account Of A Great Athlete

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • August 28, 2011 1:25 AM
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Engaging, well-paced and an absorbing behind-the-scenes account of a world many are unfamiliar with, the race-car documentary "Senna" by director Asif Kapadia, is not unlike a sports doc you'd see on ESPN (think the excellent and compelling "30 For 30" series), but thanks to Universal, it is being targeted directly at the art-house crowd.
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Watch: Full Trailer For Formula 1 Documentary 'Senna'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 9:17 AM
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There's certainly something in the water about motorsports at the moment. "Cars 2" sits atop the box office, while Michael Mann, Ron Howard and Jeremy Renner are all working on dramas set around car racing to one degree on another. And in the U.K., Formula 1 documentary "Senna" has become a genuine phenomenon, becoming the third largest-grossing documentary in history, behind only "March of the Penguins" and "Fahrenheit 9/11," after only four weeks in release, aided by the marketing muscle of Universal and Working Title.

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