DOC’N ROLL FILM FESTIVAL
28 OCTOBER-14 NOVEMBER 2021
8TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE BEST IN MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES, LIVE IN UK CINEMAS + ONLINE FROM 28 OCTOBER TO 14 NOVEMBER
Doc´n Roll Film Festival returns – at last! – to the big screens of London for its 8th and most ambitious edition yet, with 34 feature-length documentaries and 8 shorts, with both in-cinema and online offerings. Plus, for the first time ever, the 2021 edition will also screen selected titles across the nation’s cities including Brighton, Cardiff, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool and Manchester, offering a truly UK-wide programme of premiere music docs.
This year’s outstanding crop of films selected by the UK’s Music Documentary Festival run across four strands: Sisters, Brothers, Global Visions and DIY. There are tales of romantics and rebels, outliers and outlaws, Roma folk artists and Native American heavy metallers, icons from Prince to Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis and The Triffids’ David McComb to Guy Clark, and female trailblazers including St. Vincent, Lydia Lunch, Fanny, Karen Dalton and Goat Girl. Along the way, a wide range of eras, cultures, rhythms and music scenes stretching from diaspora hip-hop and African rumba to electronic, folk, punk and soul will be in the spotlight.
Many of this year’s festival selections are noteworthy for their focus on identity, including gender and race, and the search for our roots and sense of place in the world. As globalisation’s impact is increasingly felt on social, economic and cultural levels, music-makers’ passion to explore who we are feels ever more urgent and meaningful.
Doc’n Roll 2021 will also offer timely profiles of the musicians in settings as diverse as Brazil, Myanmar, Congo, Vietnam, Serbia and the Basque country who are working to highlight injustice, foreground legacies of trauma and mental health issues, and play inspirational roles in movements for change.
Six of the films in this year’s lineup will compete for the Doc’n Roll Jury Award for Documentary of the Year, judged by a panel of music and film luminaries. Up for the prestigious award are Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over; The Nowhere Inn: St Vincent; Fanny: The Right To Rock; The Rumba Kings; Bury Us! A Punk Rock Uprising; and Love Yourself Today: Damien Dempsey.
After a challenging 2020 that saw the cancellation of Doc’n Roll London on opening night as COVID-19 restrictions were brought back into force, Doc’n Roll is back bigger than ever this year, both in London and around the UK. In addition, the festival is going international, launching with a new Doc’n Roll festival in Oslo, Norway starting on 2 October.
Running alongside the London festival, Doc’n Roll’s 2021 regional festivals include Brighton (29 Oct to 3 Nov), Cardiff (8 to 14 Nov), Glasgow (1 to 4 Nov), Edinburgh (5 to 8 Nov), Exeter (2 to 7 Nov), Liverpool (5 to 11 Nov), Manchester (2 to 7 Nov), Newcastle (2 to 7 Nov), Nottingham (31 Oct to 5 Nov) and Sheffield (4 to 6 Nov). See below for London and online listings, with regional listings to come.
Please note that all in person Q&As are dependent on travel restrictions this autumn.
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