When: 1st – 18th November 2018
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the screening
What is it?
Doc’n Roll, the UK’s music documentary festival, returns for its fifth London edition, from 1st to 18th November, with a diverse programme across ten of the city’s best-loved cinemas.
Doc’n Roll London 2018 will screen 28 music documentaries that spotlight the icons and rebels of Afghanistan, Wales, Ethiopia and Ukraine; tell the stories of the groundbreaking record labels Blue Note and Trojan; map the worlds of grindcore, blues, Detroit techno, ‘she-punks’ and Kirtan mantras; and go behind the scenes with artists including Silvana, Sepultura, the Wedding Present, Chilly Gonzales, Badly Drawn Boy and Blondie’s Clem Burke.
Doc’n Roll is supported by the BFI Audience Fund using money from the National Lottery to grow audience appetite and enjoyment for a wide range of independent British and international films. This year’s edition includes 25 world, European, UK and London premieres, filmmaker and artist Q&As, and live music events. 2018 also marks Doc’n Roll’s debut collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery, in an event celebrating the world premiere of Kojey Radical, a short film by renowned photographer and filmmaker Dean Chalkley.
Six films premiering this year have been shortlisted for the Best Music Documentary 2018 prize, judged by a panel including Geoff Travis (founder, Rough Trade Records), Estella Adeyeri (musician and sound engineer), and Kirsty Allison (poet and music journalist).
The festival will kick off on Thursday 1st November 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.
Doc’n Roll Film Festival was launched in 2014 by founder Colm Forde, to show some long-overdue love to the under-the-radar music documentaries that are often ignored by risk-averse film programmers.
Doc’n Roll is passionate about independent film and music across all genres, and celebrates music subcultures by providing a platform to support their cinematic expressions. They present their audience with the opportunity to watch these films as they were designed to be watched… Loud!
More info: www.docnrollfestival.com/films