Doc’n Roll comes to Nottingham in May with its first full-length festival: six acclaimed feature-length documentaries, including five Notts premieres and an in-demand encore; Q&As with filmmakers; exclusive free afterparties with live music; and a free screening of a hand-picked collection of short docs. Join Doc'n Roll at the renowned Broadway Cinema in the heart of Hockley for tales of ground-breaking labels Blue Note and Trojan, hear from the heroines of punk and indie rock, head behind the scenes with Sepultura, stage-dive into the world of grindcore, and much more.
Running from 10 to 19 May, Doc'n Roll Nottingham opens with two revealing looks at women in independent music. On 10 May, Stories from The She Punks includes a screen talk with Gina Birch, the film's co-director and a founding member of The Raincoats. On 11 May, Suzy Harrison, director of So, Which Band is Your Boyfriend In?, will lead a post-film Q&A. Both nights will round off with a free afterparty gig at BrewDog.
Spotlighting the loud, proud world of grindcore on 12 May, Doc'n Roll Nottingham's screening of Slave to the Grind features a Q&A with Digby Pearson, founder of legendary Notts label Earache Records. A free Earache afterparty gig follows at Rough Trade Nottingham, which will play host earlier that day to an eclectic (and completely free!) programme of music documentary shorts.
Sepultura Endurance showcases Brazil's charismatic metal legends on 17 May, and 18 May brings the award-winning Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records back to town for an encore after last year's sold-out screening. Doc'n Roll Nottingham winds up on 19 May with a fascinating tale of jazz greats and their unexpected champions in It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story, followed by a free afterparty at The Hockley Rebel.
Doc'n Roll Nottingham's first full-length festival follows a successful debut weekender in November last year. According to Mark McIntyre, he and Doc'n Roll Nottingham co-director Nic Winter thought it was time the city had its own big-screen celebration of music and musicians.
"There were lots of really good music docs showing at Doc'n Roll in London, but it meant heading down to the capital to see them," says McIntyre. "We thought, why not bring the films to Nottingham? There are great venues here, the creative part of the city is thriving, and critically there are knowledgeable and enthusiastic audiences that want to see these music documentaries on their home turf."
McIntyre's personal favourite of the festival, he says, is Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, which debuted in the city last year courtesy of Doc'n Roll Nottingham.
"I am excited about showing Rudeboy again. In part because I love the music, in part because of the atmospheric and authentic recreation of the period by the director, and lastly because it sold out the first time we screened it, so this gives Nottingham a second chance to catch a great film," McIntyre says.
Winter adds: "I'm really split on my favourite film in this year's lineup: It Must Schwing is a fascinating story of incongruous characters, while Slave to the Grind epitomises the DIY 'just do it' ethic, and is a self-funded producer/director's labour of love that took five years to make.
"Neither of these films centre on a genre of music that is my usual choice of listening, and they couldn't be more different," Winter says. "That's one of the things I have found so great about Doc'n Roll: knowing that the films will be good regardless of genre has opened up my ears to music and stories I wouldn't otherwise engage with."