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‘She-punks’ and Badly Drawn Boy feature at Doc’n Roll

Festival set to screen 28 music documentaries across 10 cinemas, along with artist Q&As and live music events

12 October, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Silvana Imam in Silvana. Photo: Mantaray Film

REBELS and icons of the music world from Afghanistan to Ukraine, Wales to Ethiopia, will be featured in Doc’n Roll Festival next month.

Returning for its fifth year, the festival will screen 28 music documentaries telling the stories of groundbreaking record labels Blue Note and Trojan; mapping the worlds of grindcore, blues, Detroit techno, “she-punks” and Kirtan mantras; and exploring the background of artists including Silvana, Sepultura, the Wedding Present, Chilly Gonzales, Badly Drawn Boy and Blondie’s Clem Burke.

Showing at 10 cinemas across London, the festival runs from November 1-18.

This year’s event includes 25 world, European, UK and London premieres, filmmaker and artist Q&As and live music events.

Doc’n Roll also introduces its debut collaboration with the Photographers’ Gallery, in an exclusive event celebrating the world premiere of Kojey Radical, a short film by renowned photographer and filmmaker Dean Chalkley.

Don Letts in Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan

Doc’n Roll Film Festival was launched in 2014 by founder Colm Forde who wanted to provide a showcase to music documentaries being ignored by risk-averse film programmers.

Colm said: “Our programme of 28 premiere films include 16 first-time directors who champion the power of music and film as universal languages of hope and inclusion.”

The festival begins on November 1 with the world premiere of Slow Club – Our Most Brilliant Friends at the Barbican Centre, featuring a Q&A with the band’s Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson and director Piers Dennis.

Anorac

So here’s what to expect…

NOVEMBER 1
Slow Club – Our Most Brilliant Friends, world premiere + Q&A, (6.45pm, Barbican Centre).

NOVEMBER 2
Kojey Radical, short film world premiere + Q&A (6.30pm, The Photographers’ Gallery); We Are The League (How Deep Do You Want It?), Anti-Nowhere League world premiere + Q&A (9pm, Genesis Cinema).

NOVEMBER 3
Some Other Guys – The Story of The Big Three, London Premiere + Q&A (3pm, Curzon Soho); The Wedding Present: Something Left Behind, London premiere + Q&A (4pm, Rio Dalston); My View: Clem Burke, London premiere + Q&A (6.30pm, Picturehouse Central).

NOVEMBER 4
RocKabul, UK Premiere + Q&A (2.30pm, Genesis Cinema); Mantra: Sounds into Silence, UK premiere + Q&A (4pm, Barbican Centre); Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, + Q&A (5.30pm, Rio Dalston).

NOVEMBER 7
Never Stop – A Music That Resists, followed by after-party at Spiritland, UK Premiere + Q&A (8pm – Everyman King’s Cross Cinema).

NOVEMBER 8
I Can Only Be Mary Lane, UK Premiere + Q&A (6.30pm, Picturehouse Central); Anorac, Welsh-language pop music London premiere + Q&A (8.45pm, Barbican Centre).

NOVEMBER 9
Is It Punk Music? Cassels, UK Premiere + Q&A (6.30pm, Picturehouse Central).

NOVEMBER 10
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records (3pm, The Castle Cinema); Anne Clark: I’ll Walk Out Into Tomorrow, UK Premiere + Q&A (3.30pm, Barbican Centre); Silvana, London Premiere + Q&A (6pm, Curzon Soho); Stories from She Punks, world premiere + Q&A (7pm, Genesis Cinema).

NOVEMBER 11
Blue Note Records – Beyond the Notes, London premiere + Q&A (3pm, Picturehouse Central); Sepultura Endurance, UK Premiere (4pm, Rio Dalston); The Library Music Film, London premiere + Q&A (5pm, Curzon Soho).

NOVEMBER 12
Chilly Gonzales – Shut Up and Play The Piano, + Q&A (8.45pm, Barbican Centre).

NOVEMBER 13
My Darling Son: Morski & The Turbans, UK Premiere + Q&A (8.30pm, Rich Mix).

NOVEMBER 14
Myth Vasyl Slipak Opera Singer, UK Premiere + Q&A (6.30pm, Picturehouse Central); Slave to the Grind, London Premiere + Q&A (8.30pm, Rich Mix);

NOVEMBER 15
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records (8.45pm, Ritzy); About a Badly Drawn Boy: The Story of The Hour Of Bewilderbeast, London premiere + Q&A (9.10pm, Picturehouse Central);

NOVEMBER 17
Blue Note Records – Beyond the Notes, + Q&A (1pm, Ronnie Scotts); How They Got Over: Black Quartets and the Road to Rock’n’Roll, UK Premiere + Q&A (4pm, Picturehouse Central); So, Which Band Is Your Boyfriend In…? UK female DIY and underground scene London Premiere + Q&A (6.30pm, Genesis Cinema).

NOVEMBER 18
Pure Love: The Voice Of Ella Fitzgerald (4pm, Bertha Doc House); Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul, UK Premiere + Q&A (5.30pm, Curzon Soho); Listen To My Song, Ex-FARC Colombian musician Esteban, world premiere + Q&A (6pm, Picturehouse Central).

• For tickets, visit www.docnrollfestival.com

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