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UAL SUBCULTURES INTEREST GROUP & DOC'N ROLL FESTIVAL PRESENTS
FREE EVENT WITH LIMITED CAPACITY.
Q&A WITH DIRECTOR
GOOD FOR THE SOUL
Dir. Dean Chalkley, UK, 2023, 4 mins
‘Good For The Soul’ sets a blistering pace, a celebration of the joy of dancing to Northern Soul. This modern, vibrant and dynamic short taps into the emotional and cathartic nature of the music. A high powered firecracker of a film that will turn your heartbeat up!
GOOD FOR THE SOUL was created for and exclusively screened within ’50 Years On The Soul Stays Strong’, an exhibition that marks the 50th anniversary of the Wigan Casino and the continued love of Northern Soul. This exclusive screening at Doc’n Roll festival will be the first screening outside of that exhibition space.
MY FIRST PUNK GIG
Dir. Ewan McPherson, UK, 2023, 9 mins
When queer performer Derek McLuckie went to see the Stranglers in 1978, his eyes were opened as he felt part of a youth movement - yet there was struggles due to his sexual orientation. Derek reflects back on this gig and how punk provided the soundtrack for his coming of age experiences.
Dir. Pol Penas, Spain, 2023, 6 mins
In five fast-paced minutes, we get treated to an on-the-fly portrait of trumpeter Mark Cunningham, member of the New York non-wave group MARS and a myriad of other experimental projects, and who is still active in Barcelona with Blood Quartet. Impeccable workmanship, dissonant trumpet blasts and the testimonies of like-minded souls such as Arto Lindsay and Lydia Lunch.
TUNING RENÉ MARIE
Dir. Rachel Kessler, US, 2023, 14 mins
There are very few GRAMMY-nominated artists who start a music career in their mid-40s. And then there’s René Marie - a twice-nominated jazz vocalist with eleven albums under her belt. Told through a series of vignettes animated over 16mm plates, this is a powerful, lyrical documentary about the life and work of René Marie, and how she found the courage to start singing against all odds.
Dir. Ilya Blokh & Daniel Blokh, US, 2023, 15 mins
A short documentary about the DIY punk scene in Birmingham, Alabama and how it has reinvented itself post covid as a community that combines the violence and self-expression of moshing with inclusivity and diversity.