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Wonderful Walk

Dir. Giorgio Testi, UK, 2019, 8 mins

A musician’s walk to stage before performing is fascinating; a moment of transformation, when the artist goes from off stage to on stage persona. It is a sort of sacred moment… the adrenaline, the tension, the sound of the audience in the distance. This film captures The Killers walking on stage at their 2017 Hyde Park show in London. It follows lead singer Brandon Flowers’ long, isolated walk before greeting an eager audience of 70,000 fans waiting for him to grace the stage. The camera allows the viewer to immerse themselves in this walk, experiencing every moment of this unique, absorbing journey.

Palestine Underground

Dir. Jessica Kelly, UK/Palestine/Israel, 2018, 25 mins

Palestine Underground by Boiler Room, 4:3 and Ma3azef documents the resilience of a burgeoning music scene undeterred and fuelled by political restrictions, building bridges through a shared sound and identity. For the past ten years, Palestinian music collective Jazar Crew have been fostering a vibrant party scene in Haifa, as an alternative to the mainstream club scene in Israel. Thanks to the internet, they've connected with artists in Ramallah, Palestine, and defied the separation wall to travel to the West Bank and organise events with Techno DJs Sama' and Oddz, and members of the tantalising hip hop and trap scene, the collectives Saleb Wahad and Bltnm. Palestine Underground follows a week in the life of these artists and friends, in the lead up to the first Boiler Room in Ramallah in June this year.

8-Bit Domination

Dir. Dayna Watson, Australia, 2019, 12 mins

Follow Brisbane composer, Callum Kennedy, as he takes you on a journey through the eccentric and whimsical world of Chiptunes. While some people learn piano, other drums, Callum found his heart set on using a Nintendo Entertainment System and Gameboys as his weapon of choice.

Instruments in the Architecture: Building the Pianodrome

Dirs. Austen McCowan & Will Hewitt, UK, 2019, 13 mins

Pianos are being thrown away at a tremendous rate - hauled away, set on fire and their valuable heavy metal sold for scrap. Tim, Leon and their team of inspired artists, musicians and volunteers have reclaimed these unloved instruments to build the world’s first 100-seater amphitheatre made entirely from up cycled pianos. Balancing the artistic integrity of Tim’s vision with Leon’s practicality and realism tests the strength of their relationship as they race to complete the Pianodrome for its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

On a journey with Da Bang

Dir. Marc Eyrich, Germany/Austria/China, 2019, 11 mins

The film joins the Beijing based Band DA BANG on their national tour from Hangzhou to Nanchang. It´s hard to name their style of music, it moves somewhere between post-punk with rock elements and electronic music. This is a story about unique, Western-influenced, Chinese music, and cultural values that seemed to change with opening the markets to the world and what it means to be an artist in modern day China.

My Martian Dad

Dir. Amy Jean Carlsson, UK, 2017, 15 mins

My Martian Dad is an exploratory rockumentary with a personal twist. Twelve years after the death of her father, filmmaker Amy Jean Carlsson investigates his turbulent past as the frontman of Martian Dance, a forgotten band of London’s post-punk era. Despite supporting the influential Adam and the Ants in 1980 and signing with EMI, little is known of Martian Dance - that is, until you ask their small yet dedicated fan base, many of whom were also personal friends. And so follows a series of interviews conducted by Amy herself, as well as visits to iconic underground venues such as Alaska Studios and The 100 Club. The film uncovers the musical passion and close relationships Amy's dad kept hidden, including a few surprises along the way.

Mather

Dir. Eyes + Ears (Jack Webber & Tommaso Di Paola), UK, 2019, 4 mins

Following a day in the life of Demelza Mather, musician and mother, Mather is a film told through contrast. From the formats, 16mm and digital to the sound contrasting the images, the hard-hitting drums and images of Demelza and Felix is a collage of moments and music.

Doc’n Roll Film Festival is supported by the BFI using funds from the National Lottery to grow audience appetite and enjoyment for a wide range of independent British and international films.