Doc’n Roll Scotland: the debut Edinburgh weekender!

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All screenings at The Cameo, 38 Home St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LZ 

Thursday 25 April


The Library Music Film

Friday 26 April


Stories from the She Punks + Q&A

Saturday 27 April


Pure Love: The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald

Saturday 27 April


How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock’n’Roll

Sunday 28 April


It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story

Sunday 28 April


Chilly Gonzales: Shut Up and Play the Piano

Lights, camera, music! Doc’n Roll, the UK’s Documentary Music Festival, kicks off its debut Scottish edition in Edinburgh from 25 to 28 April with six critically heralded films about music and the unforgettable stories of those who make it. 

From jazz giants and Seventies punk heroines to a journey through rock’n’roll’s gospel roots, and from a pianist-provocateur’s tall tales to a crate-digging secret history of library music, Doc’n Roll Scotland promises to entertain music lovers and documentary aficionados alike with Scottish-debut screenings and Q&As with directors, artists and music experts. 

The Cameo, one of the nation’s oldest cinemas, will host all six documentaries: The Library Music FilmStories from the She PunksPure Love: The Voice of Ella FitzgeraldChilly Gonzales: Shut Up and Play the PianoIt Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story, and How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and The Road to Rock’n’Roll. Confirmed Q&As include a post-screening session with Gina Birch (The Raincoats) and Helen Reddington (The Chefs), directors of Stories from the She Punks.

According to Morven Masterton, Doc’n Roll Scotland’s Fife-born director, “The beauty of what Doc’n Roll does is that it celebrates music of all genres, and we give a lot of love to the unusual and unexpected along with outstanding portraits of the icons of popular music.”

“We’ve programmed a fantastic mix of films for Edinburgh. My personal favourite is Shut Up and Play The Piano, about the outrageous genius that is Chilly Gonzales. He’s performed in Edinburgh a few times, and if you’ve seen him live you’ll love this look at the man and his alter ego; it captures his eccentricity, energy and talent in such a playful and entertaining way.”

Masterton, who joined the Doc’n Roll team as a volunteer in London, where the festival began in 2014, adds, “For the past few years I’ve been desperate to bring the festival back home to Scotland, and we’ve had a lot of local support to help make it happen. 

“We had a sneak Doc’n Roll Scotland preview at a sold-out screening of Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records at The Cameo in December. After the Edinburgh weekender in April, we’re finalising plans for Glasgow in late June. I have high hopes to tour Doc’n Roll across Scotland, and who knows - I may even set something up in my beloved Fife in the near future!” 

Doc’n Roll is supported by the BFI Audience Fund using money from the National Lottery to grow audience appetite and enjoyment for a wide range of independent British and international films.

Doc'n Roll Scotland comes to Glasgow from 27 to 30 June - MORE INFO SOON