Doc’n Roll Film Festival Set To Return For Its Fifth Year

Long-running and diverse the Fifth Annual Doc’n Roll Film Festival will take over London this 1 to 18 November across ten of the city’s best-loved movie houses. Doc’n Roll London 2018 will screen 28 music documentaries that spotlight the icons and rebels of Afghanistan, Wales, Ethiopia and Ukraine; tell the stories of the groundbreaking record labels Blue Note and Trojan; map the worlds of grindcore (Slave To The Grind), metal (RockKabul) blues, Detroit techno, “she-punks” and Kirtan mantras; and go behind the scenes with artists including Slow Club, Silvana, Sepultura, the Wedding Present, Chilly Gonzales, Badly Drawn Boy and Blondie’s Clem Burke. Watch a bunch of awesome trailers and get the full details below.


This year’s edition includes 25 world, European, UK and London premieres, filmmaker and artist Q&As and live music events. 2018 also marks Doc’n Roll’s debut collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery, in an exclusive event celebrating the world premiere of Kojey Radical, a short film by renowned photographer and filmmaker Dean Chalkley.

Doc’n Roll Film Festival was launched in 2014 by founder Colm Forde to show some long-overdue love to the countless under-the-radar music docs being ignored by risk-averse film programmers.

Colm comments:

Our 5th London edition is the culmination of five years of relentless DIY spirit – blood sweat and tears from ourselves and a passionate volunteer group of independent film and music fanatics. Along the way, we’ve grown an ever expanding young audience of underserved fans across the UK, while inspiring many flattering imitators and upsetting the industry dinosaurs! Our programme of 28 premiere films includes 16 first-time directors who champion the power of music and film as universal languages of hope and inclusion. We are also delighted to bring these amazing films on tour in 2019 to many alternative music cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton and Nottingham – come and get ’em…!”

Doc’n Roll programmer and festival CEO Vanessa Lobon Garcia says:

This is our fifth year of giving music lovers the opportunity to watch these films as they were designed to be watched – LOUD. We’re hugely proud to present an incredible line-up of films that represent who we are and what we stand for at Doc’n Roll, via the diversity of music subcultures represented. Doc’n Roll London’s fifth edition celebrates first-time filmmakers who bring a wide range of stories and themes to the screen – love and war, creativity and conflict, depression and hope, gender, equality, family and friendship – through the shared channel of music. These films allow us to travel to other countries, lives and cultures. If you love music, then you’ll love Doc’n Roll.”

Six films premiering this year have been shortlisted for the Best Music Documentary 2018 prize, judged by a jury panel of Geoff Travis (founder, Rough Trade Records), Estella Adeyeri (musician and sound engineer), Kirsty Allison (poet and music journalist), Oli Harbottle (Head of Distribution, Dogwoof) and Jess Partridge (PRS Foundation and London in Stereo).

Kicking the festival off in fine style on 1 November is the world premiere of Slow Club – Our Most Brilliant Friends at the Barbican Centre, featuring a Q&A with the band’s Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson and director Piers Dennis.

Tickets on sale from Friday 28th September via

Quick Listings:

Thurs 1 Nov, 6.45pm – Barbican Centre

Our Most Brilliant Friends (World Premiere + Q&A)

Slow Club

Fri 2 Nov, 6:30pm – The Photographers’ Gallery

Kojey Radical short film (World Premiere + Q&A)

Fri 2 Nov, 9pm – Genesis Cinema

We Are The League (How Deep Do You Want It?) (World Premiere + Q&A)

Anti-Nowhere League

Sat 3 Nov, 3pm – Curzon Soho

Some Other Guys – The Story of The Big Three (London Premiere + Q&A)

The Big Three

Sat 3 Nov, 4pm – Rio Dalston

Something Left Behind (London Premiere + Q&A)

The Wedding Present

Sat 3 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central

My View: Clem Burke (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 4 Nov, 2.30pm – Genesis Cinema

RocKabul (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 4 Nov, 4pm – Barbican Centre

Mantra: Sounds into Silence (UK premiere + Q&A)

Sun 4 Nov, 5.30pm – Rio Dalston

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records + Q&A

Wed 7 Nov, 8pm – Everyman King’s Cross Cinema

Never Stop – A Music That Resists (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Detroit Techno followed by after party at Spiritland

Thur 8 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central

I Can Only Be Mary Lane (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Thur 8 Nov, 8.45pm – Barbican Centre

Anorac (London Premiere + Q&A)

Welsh-language pop music

Friday 9 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central

Is It Punk Music? (UK Premiere + Q&A)


Sat 10 Nov, 3.00pm – The Castle Cinema

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

Sat 10 Nov, 3.30pm – Barbican Centre

Anne Clark: I’ll Walk Out Into Tomorrow (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 10 Nov, 6pm – Curzon Soho

Silvana (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 10 Nov, 7pm – Genesis Cinema

Stories from She Punks (World Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 11 Nov 3pm – Picturehouse Central

Blue Note Records – Beyond the Notes (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 11 Nov, 4pm – Rio Dalston

Sepultura Endurance (UK Premiere)

Sun 11 Nov 5pm – Curzon Soho

The Library Music Film (London Premiere + Q&A)

Mon 12 Nov, 8.45pm – Barbican Centre

Chilly Gonzales – Shut Up and Play The Piano + Q&A

Tue 13 Nov, 8.30pm – Rich Mix

My Darling Son: Morski & The Turbans (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Wed 14 Nov, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central

Myth (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Vasyl Slipak Opera Singer

Wed 14 Nov, 8.30pm – Rich Mix

Slave to the Grind (London Premiere + Q&A)


Thur 5 Nov, 8.45pm – Ritzy

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

Thur 15 Nov, 9.10pm – Picturehouse Central

About a Badly Drawn Boy: The Story of The Hour Of Bewilderbeast (London Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 17 Nov 1pm – Ronnie Scotts

Blue Note Records – Beyond the Notes + Q&A

Sat 17 Nov, 4pm – Picturehouse Central

How They Got Over: Black Quartets and the Road to Rock’n’Roll (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sat 17 Nov, 6.30pm – Genesis Cinema

So, Which Band Is Your Boyfriend In…? (London Premiere + Q&A)

UK Female DIY and underground scene

Sun 18 Nov, 4pm – Bertha Doc House

Pure Love: The Voice Of Ella Fitzgerald

Sun 18 Nov, 5.30pm – Curzon Soho

Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul (UK Premiere + Q&A)

Sun 18 Nov, 6pm – Picturehouse Central

Listen To My Song (World Premiere + Q&A)

Ex FARC Colombian musician Esteban