Doc ‘n’ Roll, the UK´s music documentary festival returns for its 3rd London edition from from 2nd to 13th November 2016.
Doc’n Roll Film Festival is delighted to present an amazing selection of diverse music documentaries on subjects including Parliament/Funkadelic, The Melvins, Frank Zappa, Sid and Nancy, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bad Brains, Placebo, The Orb, Gregory Porter, satanic black metal, Norwegian disco, Burmese punk, jazz stars Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and Bill Evans, plus legendary producer Bert Berns (starring Keith Richards, Paul McCartney and Van Morrison).
This year’s London Doc‘n Roll Festival features multiple filmmakers Q&As, world premieres, European premieres, UK premieres and London premieres.
Eight of the films premiered at this year’s Doc‘n Roll Film Festival have been short-listed to participate in a competition for the Best Music Doc 2016 prize, judged by a panel consisting of Faye Milton (Savages) Simon Taffe (End Of The Road Festival), Liz Kershaw (BBC 6music), Steve Mason and renowned photographer/filmmaker Dean Chalkley.
Kicking the festival off in fine style on 2nd November is the world premiere of Gregory Porter Don’t Forget Your Music at BFI Southbank, featuring a Q&A with Mr Porter himself and the director Alfred George Bailey.
‘God Save The Queen‘ is the all-female cast music documentary debut film by Nick Donnelly. It comes from the film and music brand, Urban Kingdom, a company that has devoted itself to independent expression of media.
‘God Save The Queen‘ stars an influential cast of women in the music industry including Martha Reeves, Carla-Marie Williams, and former music TV station manager Cat Park. These brilliant women come together and discuss the prejudices and inequality regarding the female fame model in Britain, whilst highlighting the choices these women have made in their careers to develop respect.
This month, five years ago, Urban Kingdom released the most popular all-female British Hip Hop collaboration of recent years (Game Over – Female Takeover).
Urban Kingdom’s hope is to get people excited about the women in this industry who produce, write, and perform fantastic music.
Hollywood actor and social activist, Danny Glover, narrates the documentary about Steel Pulse featuring music legends Snoop Lion, Gwen Stefani and Rita Marley.
Steel Pulse, director Yoni Gal and the Oscar-nominated producer Mike Lerner this month launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise completion funds for their feature documentary, Dreadtown, due for release end of 2016.
Dreadtown is the first official documentary film to tell the story of how Steel Pulse took the Black British experience to the world through their unique reggae sound. Fans all over the world are being invited to be part of the Steel Pulse story by donating to their Indiegogo campaign, which can be found here bit.ly/dreadtown
The film not only explores the forces that made Steel Pulse, but also their significance to communities inside and outside the music world. Dreadtown will feature interviews with stars such as Snoop Lion, Rita Marley, Gwen Stefani, Matt Groening (creator, The Simpsons), Lennox Lewis (World Heavyweight Boxing Champion), Alpha Blondy (United Nations Ambassador of Peace), Burning Spear, UB40, John Lydon (Sex Pistols), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Chris Blackwell (founder, Island Records), Aswad, Billy Idol, Jason Mraz, and many more.
The first half of the film explores the British context to Steel Pulse’s influential reggae music. Coming from Handsworth in Birmingham/England, Steel Pulse witnessed the hard edge of British working-class life during the 1970’s, a time of political upheaval and racial tension. Songs such as “Handsworth Revolution” and “Ku Klux Klan” looked to music to confront the exploitation and violence faced by the Caribbean and Indian migrant communities in the U.K. Steel Pulse responded to the rise of the far right in Britain through catchy reggae beats.
The film also explores how Steel Pulse related this past to audiences in the U.S, now the band’s second home. They climbed the ladder of obscurity in the US through the 1980’s and by 1993 they were playing at the inaugural festivities in Washington D.C., at the personal request of an unlikely fan, President Bill Clinton. A rich mix of contemporary performance, interview and exclusive archive will frame the incendiary issues of race and police/minority relations from 1970’s Britain to the present day in America.
Beyond an exploration of reggae music and popular culture during the 1980’s and early 1990’s, the documentary film explores socio-political issues that continue to resonate in the U.S. and beyond. Resonance with those same issues today requires names, not explanation; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York and Trayvon Martin in Sanford. The list continues, as does Steel Pulse’s mission to confront injustice and empower communities.
Michael Nyman published an influential book in 1974 on experimental music called Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond. John Cage and other avant garde and experimental composers had a significant influence on Michael Nyman who is best known as a composer in his own right. He released his self-titled debut album in 1981. But is best known for his beautiful film scores.
Mike D (Michael Diamond), MCA (Adam Yauch), and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) AKA The Beastie Boys are played by the likes of Seth Rogan, Elijah Wood, Will Ferrell and Jack Black in the promo video for their current single, ‘Make Some Noise‘.
The video is an edited version of a 30 minute short film wiritten and directed by Adam Yauch called ‘Fight For Your Right Revisited’. The film includes cameo appearances from a wealth of Hollywood stars including Susan Sarandon, Steve Buscemi, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Steenburgen, Chloe Sevigny, Ann Archer and the band themselves.
The film pays homage to The Beastie Boys first hit single, ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)‘
The film includes a brilliant dance off between the ‘real’ Beastie Boys from the present and the ‘real’ Beastie Boys of the future in a very amusing ‘dance off’ with some hilarious results.
The Beastie Boys’ Fight For Your Right Revisited film will be screened in the Film & Music Arena at Latitude Festival 2011.