Doc’n Roll, the UK’s Music Documentary Festival, returns for its 6th London edition from 1 to 17 November at eight of the city's best-loved cinemas. Its diverse and dazzling lineup of 30 music documentaries will spotlight music-makers and genres that run the gamut from Zambian rock to Krautrock, jazz to jungle; from prog to folk and noise rock to feminist punk; and from the selling of the soul of alt-rock to an unexpectedly moving portrait of two of its most devoted fans.
Featuring six world premieres, 17 UK premieres and seven London premieres, along with filmmaker and artist Q&As and live music events, Doc’n Roll London 2019 kicks off on 1 November at the Barbican Centre with the London premiere of A Dog Called Money, an unforgettable look at the creative process of one of the UK’s most compelling artists, P.J. Harvey.
Doc’n Roll is supported by the BFI using funds from the National Lottery to grow audience appetite and enjoyment for a wide range of independent British and international films. Launched in 2014 by founder Colm Forde, Doc'n Roll's mission is to show long-overdue love to the many under-the-radar music docs that risk-averse film programmers have long ignored.
Forde says: “I’m delighted to present our biggest film programme to date for the 6th London edition of Doc’n Roll. Focusing on musical outliers, this year’s selection of 30 premiere films, including 18 works by first-time directors, is a testament to the power of music as a universal language of hope and inclusion. We’re also glad to say that after Doc’n Roll London 2019, we’ll be taking these acclaimed films on tour to many of the UK’s great music cities, including Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton and Nottingham!”
Doc’n Roll programmer and festival CEO Vanessa Lobon Garcia adds: “We can’t wait to unveil another killer lineup for Doc’n Roll’s 6th London edition, which draws on our biggest number of submissions ever. A music documentary is more than just the music; it’s a window on the artists, the stories and the social history of the places and eras the music was made and played.“
“Making our selections is an incredible journey of discovery: this year, we watched 126 feature films on artists and scenes we thought we knew, and many more that were revelations even for music addicts like us. We are hugely grateful to all the directors, producers and distributors who submit their films to Doc’n Roll: like us, they are driven by a passion for the medium and its potential. Six years on, we’re even more loud and proud about the need to give music documentaries the starring role they deserve.”
Six of the films premiering at Doc’n Roll London 2019 have been shortlisted for the festival's Best Music Documentary 2019 prize. They'll be judged by a jury panel featuring Paul Rodgers (Head of BBC 6 Music), Sophie K (Kerrang! Radio), Jen Long (Take Care Management), Julia Nottingham (Head of Dorothy St Pictures) and author and broadcaster Emma Dabiri.