Doc’n Roll Film Festival returns to Brighton

Returning to Brighton for its second edition, Doc’n Roll Film Festival will showcase a programme of incredible music documentaries this month. From a look at the extraordinary life of Ella Fitzgerald and an account history of Britain’s first rhythm and blues venue, to tracing English band The The’s intense story and a definitive documentary film about a Doom Metal, this is an exciting and inspiring event for any music fan. The events will also feature filmmaker and artist Q&As as well as live music events, to take the audience behind the stories.

Its extended programme of eight premiere films runs from Thurs18 – 28 Jan, demonstrating how music can be diverse, empowering and influential. “I’m delighted to bring Doc’n Roll back to Brighton for its second edition this January,” said Colm Forde, the event’s Co-director/programmer. “Across our ten-day programme, we’re premiering eight music docs covering the genres of rock, metal electronic, jazz and post-punk, while stirring up discussion on the subjects via post-screening Q&As from the filmmakers and their musical accomplices!”

Doc’n Roll Film Fest launched in 2014 and set out on a mission to show recognition to the under-the-radar music films that are largely ignored by risk-averse film programmers. Post-screening Q&As, DJ sets and live music themed on the films, all add to the overall cinematic experience. The festival 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.

Highlights include:

Manchester Keeps On Dancing (Brighton Premiere + Q&A)

Thurs 18 Jan – Duke’s @ Komedia (18:30)

A new feature film that documents – in exceptional detail – the arrival of House music in Manchester from Chicago in the 1980s, through to the Acid House explosion of 1988 and a further 30 years of its phenomenal impact. It is a truly remarkable social study of a subculture that helped put Manchester on the worldwide music map. Digging deeper than the story of the famed Haçienda club, this documentary presents archive footage that has never been seen on film, alongside in-depth interviews with local and international DJs, to explore how House music arrived in the city and take viewers on a journey through its memorable stories. The timeline begins pre-Haçienda and features contributions from each ensuing decade’s most respected DJs, producers, promoters and social commentators including Greg Wilson, Mike Pickering, Dave Haslam, Andrew Weatherall, Marshal Jefferson, Carl Craig, Eats Everything, Krysko, Laurent Garnier, Todd Terry, Seth Troxler and many more.

Play Your Gender (Brighton Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 20 Jan – Duke Of York’s (13:00)

Just 5% of music producers are women, even though many of the most bankable pop stars are female. In the entire history of the Grammys, only six women have been nominated for the Producer of the Year award, and no woman has ever won. In Play Your Gender, Juno Award-winning producer Kinnie Starr embarks on a quest to find out why this disparity exists by speaking to music industry stars and veterans about the realities of being a woman in the recording studio. The documentary features interviews with Sara Quinn of Tegan & Sara, Melissa Auf der Maur of Smashing Pumpkins and Hole, Patty Schemel of Hole, Chantal Kreviazuk, and many more of the music industry’s most talented women.

Raving Iran (Brighton Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 20 Jan – Duke’s @ Komedia (15:00)

Anoosh and Arash are at the centre of Tehran’s underground techno scene. Tired of hiding from the police and their stagnating career, they organise one last manic techno rave in the desert, under dangerous circumstances. Back in Tehran they try their luck selling their illegally manufactured album. When Anoosh is arrested, there seems to be no hope left. But then they receive a phone call from the biggest techno festival in the world. Arriving in Switzerland, they are overwhelmed by the realisation of their own dream. The response from radio and newspaper interviews and the acclaim of millions of ravers and other DJs catapult them into another sphere.

For full event listings, screening times and ticket links for the films, visit:

The Doc’n Roll Film Festival comes to venues around Brighton on Thurs 18 – Sun 28 Jan 2018

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