Doc’n Roll, the UK’s music doc festival, heads north of the border on 15 December with a taster event to launch its inaugural Scottish tour. 

To whet appetites for next spring's three-city Doc'n Roll Film Festival Scotland, the Cameo Picturehouse Edinburgh will play host to the Scottish premiere of the newly released and eagerly anticipated film for reggae, ska and soul fans alike, Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records. 

Combining archive footage, interviews and drama, Rudeboy is a film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture, told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music, Trojan Records. Director Nicholas Jack Davies shows how the label was at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dancefloors of Britain in the late 60s and early 70s, as immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture. 

A cast of legendary artists including Lee “Scratch” Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker, Dandy Livingstone, Lloyd Coxsone, Pauline Black and Derrick Morgan bring the sounds, songs and stories to life.

The first Scottish screening of Rudeboy, which follows a run of six sold-out screenings in London, will conclude with a Q&A featuring panelists influenced by the label known as the “Motown of reggae”, including BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Douglas Paine from Mungo's Hi-fi

Morven Masterton, Director of Doc’n Roll Film Festival Scotland, says: “It’s such a thrill to be bringing our wonderfully eclectic assortment of films to music lovers across Scotland. Launching with the Scottish premiere of Rudeboy will showcase the art of what’s yet to come. Trojan Records has an extensive catalogue that has something for everyone, from mods to millennials and beyond! 

"I’m so proud to be bringing the festival home. I know there is a big appetite among indie film fans and music aficionados to see documentaries about much-loved artists and musicians that in some cases might never have played on Scottish soil. We’re currently firming up the programme for 2019, and we expect to see a diverse mix of music-based docs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee from spring onwards.”

Over the past five years, Doc’n Roll has gradually made its way north from London, hitting the homes of renowned musical subcultures such as Brighton, Bristol, Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool. And in spring 2019, it will bring its crafted selection of alternative music docs to Scotland.

With screenings planned for Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, the Doc'n Roll Scotland tour promises a feast of music documentaries showcasing an array of genres from classic jazz to grindcore metal, and everything in between.

Originally from Fife and later relocated to London, festival director Morven was determined to launch a Scottish sister organisation to Doc’n Roll ever since she became involved with the festival during its inaugural year in London in 2014.

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records’ Scottish Premiere + Q&A will take place on Saturday 15 December, 15:15 - 17:45 at Cameo Picturehouse, 38 Home Street, Edinburgh EH3 9LZ. Doc'n Roll thanks Wee Dub Festival for their support of this Scottish premiere. 

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