Listen to Me Marlon


YEAR 2015

SECTION World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY United Kingdom

RUN TIME 102 min

Marlon Brando was one of the most acclaimed and influential actors of all time. He also was one of the most elusive and enigmatic. Featuring exclusive access to Brando's previously unseen and unheard personal archive, including hundreds of hours of audio, Listen to Me Marlon sheds light on the artist and the man. Charting Brando's exceptional career and extraordinary personal life with the actor himself as guide, the film explores his complexities, telling the story entirely in his own voice. No talking heads, no interviewees: just Brando on Brando.

Director Stevan Riley creates a unique cinematic experience that dives into the inner space of Brando’s mind through the illuminating use of archival material. The result shows not how different he was from the rest of us but rather how similar. Emotionally potent, the film stands as a triumph of Riley's knack for story craft and vision in creating a powerfully absorbing portrait. —T.G.


COMPANY Passion Pictures


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Artist Bio

Stevan Riley’s previous feature documentaries include Fire in Babylon, which charted the glorious supremacy of the West Indies cricket team through the 1970s and '80s. The film won several international awards, including a Grierson Award for Best Historical Documentary, and BBC film guru Barry Norman listed it in his Top 10 Sports Films of All Time. Listen to Me Marlon is Riley's third feature documentary from Passion Pictures.