Have you heard about Liverpool’s only Music Film Festival?
Doc’n Roll Film Festival returns to Liverpool for an exclusive season of unique music documentaries from March 31st – 2nd April.
Featuring an all premiere selection of six music documentaries on subjects including Sleaford Mods, The Orb, The Melvins, Gregory Porter, Norwegian House, and Sparklehorse, plus Q&As with the directors.
Serving up guts and glory, triumphs and tribulations, the highs and lows of the creative process and the unforgettable personalities behind the songs, Doc’n Roll Film Festival presents these films as they were meant to be seen and heard: on the big screen, LOUD – and in Picturehouse FACT this spring.
Tickets on sale now via the Doc’n Roll FF website
Film Listings and Information
THURSDAY 30TH MARCH
Northern Disco Lights + LIVE Q&A (feat. Dir. Ben Davis)
2016, Dir Ben Davis, UK, 74 mins
Trailer – https://youtu.be/QOhTZA20z4A
Northern Disco Lights: The Rise and Rise of Norwegian Dance Music
This fascinating film tells the story of how a group of friends in the remote cities of Bergen and Tromsø gave birth to a unique sound that went on to re-define dance music as it is known today and transform a country in the process. The generation of DJs and musicians it inspired have gone on to conquer the world. Staring Prins Thomas, Annie, Bjørn Torske, Lindstrøm, Idjut Boys, Bill Brewster, amongst many others.
FRI 31ST MARCH
Lunar Orbit: The Orb + SKYPE Q&A (feat. Dir. Patrick Buchanan)
2016, Dir Patrick Buchanan, Canada, 74 mins
Lunar Orbit takes us into the Ultraworld of the pioneers of ambient house music. This feature documentary explores The Orb’s unique creative process and delves into the story behind the music, revealing the history of The Orb’s origins and the foundation of the friendships that have anchored the mothership.
The film boasts unprecedented studio access from the duo’s Moonbuilding 2703AD recording sessions in Berlin, live concert footage, rare unseen archive material and interviews with key creative players including Youth, Guy Pratt, Mixmaster Morris, Matt Black, and many other current and former members of The Orb’s extended family. The result is a documentary that is truly Orbriginal.
FRI 31ST MARCH
The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale – SKYPE Q&A (feat. Dir. Bob Hannam)
2016, Dir Bob Hannam, USA, 2016, 125 min.
Trailer – www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A3CUIABBUQ
A film about a hard rock band who have defied all the rules, for over 33 years and counting, and still managed to succeed and do it their own way. This is the journey of band members King Buzzo and Dale Crover which leads us from the backwards-waters of the Chehalis River in Washington State, down through the Golden Gate of Northern California, finally settling into the Los Angeles River Basin of Southern California with the rest of the world thrown in along the way.
Witness first-hand the beliefs and attitudes, values and obscenities, slows and fasts, triumphs and toils, loves and hates, wits and giggles of a hugely talented and highly influential band. Hear what the countless number of peers, collaborators, understudies, admirers, even haters, have to say about their encounters with The Melvins over the past 3 decades and more. And come away with a lesson in how to survive in the wicked world of the music biz without taking yourself too damn seriously.
The documentary features interviews with Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Jello Biafra, Gene Simmons, Krist Novoselic, Mark Arm, J. Mascis, Josh Homme, David Yow and many more.
SATURDAY 1ST APRIL
Bunch Of Kunst: Sleaford Mods – SKYPE Q&A (feat. Dir. Christine Franz)
2017, Dir Christine Franz, Germany, 98 min.
Trailer – https://youtu.be/ZjbCCRwDN7M
“Bunch of Kunst” is a music documentary about British DIY-punk duo Sleaford Mods, following them on their two-year journey from Nottingham bedroom recording sessions to mainstream success.
Synopsis – v2 (85 words)
Thanks to their sweary rants about modern England, Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods have been called “the angriest band in Britain”. At 44, former chicken factory worker and father of two, Jason Williamson, his band mate, beatmaker Andrew Fearn, and their manager Steve Underwood, a bus driver for Nottingham City Transport and avantgarde bedroom label owner, have won over fans with their brutally honest lyrics and DIY ethos. “Bunch of Kunst” tells the story of three guys taking on the music business on their own terms.
Synopsis – v1 (144 words)
“Young people are signing major record deals and they just sing about love. I’m a great believer of love. But for fuck’s sake, there’s a lot going on! Who wants to hear that if you are on 15 Pounds a week? And you turn the telly on and some fucker is spitting on about love“, says singer Jason Williamson. Thanks to their sweary rants about modern England, Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods have been called “the angriest band in Britain”. At 44, former chicken factory worker and father of two, Jason Williamson, his band mate, beatmaker Andrew Fearn, and their manager Steve Underwood, a bus driver for Nottingham City Transport and avantgarde bedroom label owner, have won over fans with their brutally honest lyrics and DIY ethos. “Bunch of Kunst” tells the story of three guys taking on the music business on their own terms.
SUNDAY 2ND APRIL
The Sad and Beautiful World Of Sparklehorse + LIVE Q&A (feat. Co-Dir. Alex Crowton)
Dirs. Alex Crowton and Bobby Dass, UK, 2016, 87min
This documentary chronicles the life of Mark Linkous and pays respectful tribute to an artist feverishly beloved by his cult followers. An artist far removed from the mainstream of music, his existence mirrored his mesmerizing and unique music.
Sparklehorse’s music was heralded by his peers and critics; a mix of alt-country, discordant punk and psychedelic pop; it has been described as “defiantly surrealist… with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies.” Collaborators included PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, The Flaming Lips, Danger Mouse, David Lynch and Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Featuring interviews with Jonathon Donahue and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), David Lowery (Cracker), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Gemma Hayes, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), Ed Harcourt, Matthew Wright, John Parish, Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Emily Haines (Metric), the film also features an in-depth interview with Linkous himself.
He was at once a humble, modest man and the epitome of a Southern gentleman. He was also a recovering addict who battled with debilitating bouts of depression. The dual nature of his personality reflects the extremes of his music; beautiful, surreal, off-kilter pop contrasted with dark, distorted ballads and discordant punk-rock.
SUNDAY 2ND APRIL
Gregory Porter: Don’t Forget Your Music + LIVE Q&A (feat. Producer Oonagh Mc)
Dir. Alfred George Bailey, UK, 2016, 90min
Trailer – https://vimeo.com/157771059
This feature film was shot over four years and spans the life and career of the breakthrough star. New interviews and archive footage chart Gregory’s incredible journey from humble beginnings in Bakersfield, California, to stage, studio and beyond, with his remarkable story underpinned by exclusive access during recording of the new Grammy winning (Best Jazz Vocal) album, TAKE ME TO THE ALLEY. The film features contributions from musical luminaries including Don Was, Hubert Laws, Van Morrison, Jools Holland, Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Jana Herzen and many more…
It is an intimate portrait of an incomparable talent that explores some of the trials that Porter has encountered in his life: the absence of his father growing up and how jazz music filled the void, racial hostility in his hometown, and his triumphant journey to musical success.
The film touches on universal themes of fulfilling one’s promise, the hardest and most important lessons gleaned from life, and how success can come calling for you at any time. Above all it speaks of the redemptive, all-conquering power of a mother’s love – the inspiration that would ultimately lead him back on the path to his destiny.