In May, the Doc’n Roll Film Festival rolls into town, with a line up of alternative, under-the-radar premiere music documentary films that showcase the spirit, determination and madness it takes to make it in the music industry. Profiling artists from folk, punk, pop, indie, rock, jazz and electronic, the films will be accompanied by a host of Q & As with filmmakers, providing further insight into what drives them.
WEDNESDAY 10 May, 7pm, Vue Cinema
As the band Placebo approached their 20th anniversary they were given a unique opportunity to play ten cities throughout Russia at a time when Russia was at the forefront of the world’s current affairs, but little was reported outside the country about its internal culture. Fronted by Placebo’s Stefan Olsdal, this documentary explores the alternative cultures of Russia’s major cities. As the tour travelled through the country, the band met artists, architects, animators and musicians on a quest to find out about Russia’s alternative creative scenes. From Krasnoyarsk in Siberia to St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea, Placebo: Alt.Russia takes you on the band’s journey, encountering unforgettable characters along the way and capturing the power and raw emotion of Placebo’s live concerts.
Placebo: ALT Russia was the winner of the Best Music Documentary award, Doc’n Roll Film Festival 2016
THURSDAY 11TH May, 7pm, Fruit
Thanks to their scabrous, sweary rants about modern England, Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods have been called the angriest band in Britain. Jason Williamson, a 44-year-old former chicken factory worker and father of two, along with his bandmate and beatmaker Andrew Fearn and their intrepid manager Steve Underwood, a bus driver for Nottingham City Transport and avant-garde 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.
FRIDAY 12 May, 7pm, Middleton Hall
This documentary captures Manchester’s controversial and charismatic native sons Oasis, led by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, tracing their journey to the height of chart success in the 1990s. Previously unseen backstage and live footage serves up the songs and the scenes of an era, the brawls and the brilliance alike.
FRIDAY 12 May 7PM, Vue Cinema
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.
SATURDAY 13 May, 4.30pm, Jubilee Hall
This documentary chronicles the life of Virginia-born singer-songwriter Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, and pays tribute to an artist beloved by his cult followers. Far removed from the mainstream of music, his life mirrored the mesmerizing and unique music, heralded by peers and critics, that blended alt-country, discordant punk and psychedelic pop, and has been described as “defiantly surrealist… with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies.” His collaborators included PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, The Flaming Lips, Danger Mouse, David Lynch and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
SATURDAY 13 May, 8pm, KARDOMAH 94
Tony Palmer introduces a special screening of his classic film Bird on a Wire, an unforgettable account of Leonard Cohen’s now legendary 1972 European Tour.
Long thought lost and only available on very poor quality bootlegs, this classic 1974 tour movie has now been digitally and painstakingly restored to its original glory, thanks to the discovery in 2009 of 296 rusted cans of material in a warehouse in Hollywood. Presenting 17 of Cohen’s greatest songs, emotionally delivered when he was at the height of his powers, this is an unforgettable record of a poet and singer on the brink of worldwide fame.
SATURDAY 13 May, 8pm, Jubilee Hall
The official documentary chronicling the life and work of Jimi Hendrix, including interviews with his father as well as fellow guitarists Pete Townsend and Eric Clapton. Performance footage includes highlights from the Monterey, Woodstock and Isle of Wight Festivals.
The film screening will be followed by a live performance:
Jimi Hendrix (Slight Return)
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s astonishing debut album Are You Experienced, Bristol act Slight Return are proud to present an exhilarating, authentic live performance of landmark Hendrix tracks such as Purple Haze and Hey Joe. From the searing blues of Red House to the space-rock odyssey of Third Stone From The Sun, Hendrix’s music remains as viscerally exciting as it was in 1967, when its primal howls of feedback struck the British music scene like a thunderbolt from rock’s heavens.
SUNDAY 14 MAY, 3pm, KARDOMAH 94
Shot over four years, this feature-length documentary and spans the life and career of the breakthrough jazz-blues-soul star. New interviews and archive footage chart Porter’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 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.
For full festival listings and ticket information go to the Doc’n Roll website
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