Lights, camera, music! Doc'n Roll will bring two of the year's best music documentaries to Dundee on 17 and 18 May: the award-winning Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records and the work of one of Dundee's own, About A Badly Drawn Boy: The Story of The Hour of Bewilderbeast.
In Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, which will be screened on Friday 17 May at 20:15 at Dundee Contemporary Arts, the story of the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture is told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music. The evening rounds off with an afterparty in the DCA's Jute Café Bar, with DJing by Dundee’s own The Reggae Special.
On Saturday 18 May at 20:15 at DCA, director Craig McNeil presents his film About A Badly Drawn Boy: The Story of The Hour of Bewilderbeast, an in-depth feature about Damon Gough (aka Badly Drawn Boy) and the making of his Mercury Prize-winning album The Hour of Bewilderbeast. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with McNeil, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Jim Gellatly.
Morven Masterton, Director of Doc’n Roll Scotland, says: “In deciding to set-up Doc’n Roll - a music documentary festival - in Scotland, it was important to look to run events outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow. I’m really pleased that in our first year we will be coming to Dundee. I also wanted to make sure we support and inspire Scottish talent. With Craig McNeil’s film, About A Badly Drawn Boy, Doc'n Roll has a brilliant opportunity to showcase the work of someone from the city.”
“There’s been a lot of enthusiasm about getting the Trojan Records film, Rudeboy, screened in Dundee, too, and it’s thanks to a few supportive local people that we’ve been able to organise something. To have The Reggae Special spin some vinyl in the bar after the film will make for a great start to the weekend, and for our time in Dundee!”
Alice Black, Head of Cinema at DCA, said: “As Dundee's only local independent cinema, we try to respond to local interests whenever possible with our cinema programming. We were inundated with requests to screen the new Trojan Records documentary Rudeboy, and when an opportunity to partner with Doc'n Roll came up, we jumped at the chance.”
“Alongside this much anticipated film, we are thrilled to be hosting Dundonian Craig McNeil for a very special Q&A event with his new film, giving Dundee audiences the chance to hear about his creative process and his career in filmmaking.”
Tickets for both films are available now from the DCA Box Office on 01382 432 444 or online at www.dca.org.uk.