Doc’n Roll, the UK’s Music Documentary Festival, returns to London for its 6th London edition from 1st to 17th November 2019

by Brit Es Magazine
Doc’n Roll, the UK’s Music Documentary Festival, returns for its 6th London edition from 1st to 17th November 2019 at eight of the city’s best-loved cinemas. Its diverse and dazzling lineup of 30 music documentaries spotlights music-makers and genres that run the gamut from Zambian rock to Krautrock, jazz to jungle; from prog to folk and noise rock to feminist punk; and from the selling of the soul of alt-rock to an unexpectedly moving portrait of two of its most devoted fans.

Featuring 6 world, 17 UK and 7 London premieres, filmmaker and artist Q&As and live music events, Doc’n Roll London 2019 kicks off on 1st November at the Barbican Centre with the London premiere of A Dog Called Money, an unforgettable look at the creative process of one of the UK’s most compelling artists, PJ Harvey.

Launched in 2014 by founder Colm Forde, Doc’n Roll mission is to show long-overdue love to the many under-the-radar music docs that risk-averse film programmers have long ignored.

Forde says:

“I’m delighted to present our biggest film programme to date for the 6th London edition of Doc’n Roll. Focusing on musical outliers, this year’s selection of 30 premiere films, including 18 works by first-time directors, is a testament to the power of music as a universal language of hope and inclusion. We’re also glad to say that after Doc’n Roll London 2019, we’ll be taking these acclaimed films on tour to many of the UK’s great music cities, including Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton and Nottingham!”

Doc’n Roll programmer and festival CEO Vanessa Lobon Garcia adds:

“We can’t wait to unveil another killer lineup for Doc’n Roll’s 6th London edition, which draws on our biggest number of submissions ever. A music documentary is more than just the music; it’s a window on the artists, the stories and the social history of the places and eras the music was made and played.“

 

“Making our selections is an incredible journey of discovery: this year, we watched 126 feautre films on artists and scenes we thought we knew, and many more that were revelations even for music addicts like us. We are hugely grateful to all the directors, producers and distributors who submit their films to Doc’n Roll: like us, they are driven by a passion for the medium and its potential. Six years on, we’re even more loud and proud about the need to give music documentaries the starring role they deserve.”

Six films premiering at Doc’n Roll London 2019 have been shortlisted for the Best Music Documentary 2019 prize, judged by a jury panel featuring Paul Rodgers (Head of BBC 6 Music), Sophie K (journalist, Kerrang!), Jen Long (Take Care Management), Julia Nottingham (Pulse Films’ Head of Documentary) and author and broadcaster Emma Dabiri.

The films in competition are: A Dog Called Money (PJ Harvey), Once Aurora, The Remix: Hip Hop & Fashion, Digging For Weldon Irvine, David Crosby: Remember My Name and The Rise of the Synths by Spanish filmmaker Iván Castell.

One of the very first films screened will be ‘Disco Confessions, John Morales, A Life in the Mix’ directed by Javi Senz. Brit Es Magazine has interviewed Senz in 2017, on the occasion of the screening of ‘Manchester, Keeps on Dancing’ at Doc’n Roll Fest.

SCREENINGS

Fri 1st Nov, 6:15pm – Barbican Cinemas / London Premiere
A Dog Called Money – PJ Harvey + Q&A featuring the director
Fri 1st Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema / World Premiere
Disco Confessions – John Morales, A Life In The Mix + Q&A featuring John Morales and the director
Sat 2nd Nov, 4:45pm – Institute of Contemporary Arts, ICA / World Premiere
Gina Birch – Cracked Open + Q&A featuring writer Lucy O’Brien and Gina Birch (Art, Film, Video, & Music)
Sat 2nd Nov, 5:45pm – Barbican Cinemas / World Premiere
Keyboard Fantasies – The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story + Q&A featuring Glenn Copeland and the director
Sat 2nd Nov, 8:00pm – Barbican Cinemas / UK Premiere
Where Does a Body End? Swans + Q&A featuring the director
Sun 3rd Nov, 5:00pm – Picturehouse Central / London Premiere
Dennis and Lois + Q&A featuring the director
Sun 3rd Nov, 6:00pm Curzon Soho / London Premiere
Once Aurora
Sun 3rd Nov, 7:30pm – The Castle Cinema / World Premiere
Passion and Rituals + Q&A featuring Marietta Veulens and the director
Thu 7th Nov, 6:30pm – Curzon Soho / UK Premiere
Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind + Q&A featuring the directors
Thu 7th Nov, 6:30pm – Picturehouse Central / UK Premiere
Lee Moses – Time and Place + Q&A featuring the director
Thu 7th Nov, 7:00pm – House of Vans
Short Music Docs Night + Q&A featuring the directors
Sat 9th Nov, 5:30pm – The Rio Cinema / UK Premiere
Brainiac – Transmission After Zero + Q&A
Sat 9th Nov, 6:00 pm – Curzon Soho / UK Premiere
The Chills – The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps + Q&A featuring the co-director
Sat 9th Nov, 6:00 pm – Genesis Cinema / World Premiere
The Rest is History – The Early Days of Drum & Bass + Q&A featuring the director
Sat 9th Nov, 9:00 pm – The Castle Cinema
Where Does a Body End? Swans + Q&A featuring the director
Sun 10th Nov, 5:00 pm – Curzon Soho / UK Premiere
Show Me The Picture – The Story of Jim Marshall + Q&A featuring the director
Sun 10th Nov, 6:00pm – Genesis Cinema / UK Premiere
Hype Master + Q&A featuring the director
Monday 11th Nov, 6:30pm – Rio Cinema / World Premiere
Rip Up The Road – A Film about Foals + Q&A featuring the director and members of the band
Tue 12th Nov, 8:30pm – Picturehouse Central / UK Premiere
The Shows The Thing – The Legendary Promoters of Rock + Q&A featuring the director
Tue 12th Nov, 8:30pm – Genesis Cinema / UK Premiere
Underground Inc. – The Rise & Fall of Alternative Rock + Q&A
Tue 12th Nov, 8:35pm – Barbican Cinemas / World Premiere
Digging For Weldon Irvine + Q&A featuring the director
Wed 13th Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema / UK Premiere
We Intend To Cause Havoc – Witch + Q&A featuring the director + Afterparty
Wed 13th Nov, 8:00pm – The Ritzy Cinema / UK Premiere
Soul Train – The Hippest Trip in America + Q&A
Thurs 14th Nov, 8:30pm – Genesis Cinema / UK Premiere
It’s Yours – Hip Hop & The Internet + Q&A featuring the director
Fri 15th Nov, 6:30pm – The Rio Cinema / UK Premiere
The Rise of The Synths – A Synthwave Film + Q&A featuring the director + Afterparty
Fri 15th Nov, 6:30pm – Barbican Cinemas / UK Premiere
The Heart Is A Drum – NEU! & Klaus Dinger + Q&A featuring the director
Sat 16th Nov, 3:30pm – Picturehouse Central / London Premiere
Jim Galloway: A Journey in Jazz + Q&A featuring the director
Sat 16th Nov, 4:30pm – Barbican Cinemas / UK Premiere
Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind – The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story
Sat 16th Nov, 5:00pm – Curzon Soho / London Premiere
Desolation Center + Q&A featuring the director
Sat 16th Nov, 6:00pm – Picturehouse Central / UK Premiere
Chuck Berry – The Original King of Rock’n’Roll + Q&A featuring the director
Sun 17th Nov, 3:00pm – Picturehouse Central / London Premiere
It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story + Q&A featuring the director
Sun 17th Nov, 5:00pm – Curzon Soho / UK Premiere
David Crosby: Remember My Name
Sun 17th Nov, 6:00pm – Picturehouse Central / UK Premiere
The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion + Q&A featuring the directors

Full information & tickets: www.docnrollfestival.com

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