Doc'n Roll, the UK's music documentary festival, is heading West in June for its second annual Bristol event. On the agenda: showing a hand-picked selection of the best new music documentaries in the home of some of the UK's most innovative music-makers.
Running from 12 to 16 June, Doc'n Roll Bristol will set up shop at the city's much-loved Watershed, where cinema-goers aged 24 and under can snap up tickets for just £5, with feature-length films that cover jazz to kirtan, reggae and ska to punk, and Berlin-basement-rap meets classical piano (via plenty of performance-art provocation).
That last description, of course, could apply to only one man: the irrepressible Canadian showman Chilly Gonzales, who will be the subject of the festival's 12 June opening night screening in the wry, insightful and mischievous cinematic portrait Shut Up and Play the Piano.
On 13 June, the award-winning Mantra: Sounds Into Silence will offer a moving exploration of meditative musical practice seen through the eyes of performers and followers who range from prison inmates to Tibetan monks and hip-hop MCs. The screening will be followed by a live kirtan experience led by Tim Chalice and Vaishnavi.
A ground-breaking reggae and ska record label will come to life on the Watershed screen on 14 June via the beautifully filmed docudrama Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records. Winner of the Jury Prize at Doc'n Roll's London festival this year, Rudeboy will be followed by a panel discussion led by Come the Revolution, curators/creatives from Bristol and Birmingham committed to exploring black life through cinema.
On 15 June, DIY's pioneering indie heroines will commandeer centre stage with Stories from The She-Punks, co-directed by Gina Birch (The Raincoats) and Helen Reddington (The Chefs). Stay in your seats: after the film, Gina will lead a Q&A and finish the evening off with a short live set.
Doc'n Roll Bristol ends on a flourish of high notes on 16 June. At 2pm at the Watershed, It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story will recount how two jazz lovers inadvertently founded a label that became the home of giants of the genre, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. And at 4pm, post-Schwing, round off your Doc'n Roll experience by heading over to Rough Trade for a free screening of five music documentary shorts covering everything from women's rock camps to the birth of Afrobeat.
According to Vanessa Lobon, Doc'n Roll CEO/programmer, "We can't wait to head west! We're chuffed to be working again this year with Rough Trade and Watershed, which is a real gem of an arts centre and a welcoming home for our 2019 lineup. The city gave us a great Bristol-fashion reception in 2018, and we're hoping music fans will enjoy this year's selection just as much. Come down and say hi, and let us know what you think!"