Lights, camera, music! Doc'n Roll Scotland returns this May

In 2020, Doc'n Roll Scotland will run simultaneously in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee from 6 to 17 May. We're back to build on the success of last year's debut program, and we're bigger and better than ever! This year the festival will feature 13 screenings and seven acclaimed new feature-length documentaries to six venues; post-screening Q&As featuring directors, artists and other key music-scene figures; themed after-parties; and a free evening of short docs led by a very Scottish tale of the ever-so-slightly wacky ambition that gave birth to the Pianodrome.

Expect vivid portraits of people and scenes you may think you know and others you’ve yet to discover, from wayward Sixties star David Crosby in the midst of a late-life creative renaissance and belated self-knowledge to The Rise of the Synths’ account of a digital subculture built on pre-internet electro-futurism. Edinburgh-based synth artists ALEX and Gyan Rosling will join the film’s post-screening Q&A to explain how Celts got sucked into this international phenomenon.

You’ll meet Klaus Dinger, whose broken heart and motorik drumbeat were at the heart of Krautrock, and Beverly Glenn Copeland, the charismatic electronic-folk pioneer and LGBTQ icon “discovered” at age 74. You’ll also get a fresh look at Rock Against Racism’s era-defining cross-genre, cross-community solidarity, meet Zambia’s Seventies icons W.I.T.C.H, and hear from the performers and punk-rock creators of an influential series of Reagan-era desert festivals.


Doc’n Roll Shorts + Q&A: citizenM - 6 May at 19:00
The Rise of the Synths + Q&A: GFT - 8 May at 20:00
The Heart is a Drum (NEU! & Klaus Dinger) + Q&A (Scottish Premiere): CCA - 9 May at 19:30
Desolation Centre (Scottish Premiere): CCA - 10 May at 16:00
David Crosby: Remember My Name (Scottish Premiere): GFT - 10 May at 17:00
W.I.T.C.H (Scottish Premiere): CCA - 10 May at 18:30


The Rise of the Synths + Q&A (Scottish Premiere): Cameo Picturehouse - 7 May at 18:00
Doc’n Roll Shorts + Q&A: Grassmarket Centre - 11 May at 19:15
David Crosby: Remember My Name: Cameo Picturehouse - 14 May at 18:00
The Heart is a Drum (NEU! & Klaus Dinger) + Q&A: Cameo Picturehouse - 15 May at 20:30
White Riot + Q&A (Scottish Premiere): Cameo Picturehouse - 16 May at 18:00


David Crosby: Remember My Name: DCA - 17 May at 15:00

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.