Doc’n Roll!

Doc’n Roll!

Doc’n Roll, the UK’s Music Documentary Festival, returns for its 5th Brighton edition from 25th to 29th March 2020 with a thrillingly eclectic programme at both Duke Of York’s Picturehouse and Duke’s at Komedia.

Doc’n Roll Brighton looks forward to screening 6 features, each providing a fascinating doorway into a musical world. Join us as we witness the births of movements both musical (UK Drum & Bass and the mysterious Synthwave) and political (antifascist protest group Rock Against Racism), go behind-the-scenes with living legend David Crosby and uncover the rebel roots of today’s desert festivals.

As ever, this year’s programme is set to dazzle music lovers, entertain documentary devotees and break down boundaries, shining a light on musical outliers and the pioneers who have proved that music is a universal language of hope and inclusion.

Doc’n Roll 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. Launched in 2014 by founder Colm Forde, its mission is to show long-overdue love to the many under-the-radar music docs that risk-averse film programmers have long ignored. 

Forde says: “I’m delighted to present our film programme for the 5th Brighton edition of Doc’n Roll. Focusing on musical outliers, this year’s selection of films, including works by first-time directors, is a testament to the power of music as a universal language of hope and inclusion.”

Two of the films that premiered at Doc’n Roll London 2019 and are being shown in Brighton – David Crosby: Remember My Name, and The Rise of the Synths – were shortlisted for the Best Music Documentary 2019 prize, judged by a jury panel featuring Paul Rodgers (Head of BBC 6 Music), Sophie K (journalist, Kerrang!), Jen Long (Take Care Management), Julia Nottingham (Head of Dorothy St Pictures) and author and broadcaster, Emma Dabiri.


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