Doc'n Roll Film Festival 2017

Music Documentary Festival returns for 4th Year

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Now in its fourth London edition, the Doc'n Roll Film Festival boasts a diverse range of subject matter across its programme in 2017. Artists covered include Joe Cocker, Ella Fitzgerald, Syl Johnson, Link Ray, Bill Frisell, John Coltrane, Jawbreaker, Tangerine Dream, Greg Wilson, Mike Pickering and L7 to name just a few. Taking place up until 19th November the programme includes six films shortlisted for the Best Music Documentary 2017 prize. We take a look at some of the films on the 2017 line-up that caught our eye.

'Manchester Keeps On Dancing'
Directed by Javi Snez, this new film details the arrival of House music in Manchester from 1980s Chicago. Looking beyond the often told story of the Haçienda the documentary uses never seen before footage of the early Manchester scene alongside interviews with DJs and producers such as Greg Wilson, Mike Pickering, Dave Haslam and Andrew Weatherall.

'Don't Break Down: A film About Jawbreaker'
Directed by Tim Irwin, a film that follows the break up of Jawbreaker, one of America's most influential yet underground punk bands. The film features interviews with the likes of legendary musician/producer Steve Albini and Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong.

'Suburban Steps to Rockland: The Story of The Ealing Club'
The Ealing Club is regarded by many as the UK's first rhythm and blues venue opened in 1962. Despite only being open for three years, the club is credited with introducing Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards and many more to the scene that would spawn a generation of British bands. Giorgio Guernier's film looks at the often overlooked venue's contribution to British music.

'Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul'
John Edgington's film tells the story of the Sheffield gas fitter that became one of the greatest soul singers of all time, famously singing his version of The Beatles' 'A Little Help from My Friends' at Woodstock in 1969.

'L7: Pretend We're Dead'
Sarah Price's film, told from the band's point of viewdocuments the rise of grunge-era band L7. Standing out with their all-female line-up the doc focuses on their fiercely feminist stance in the early '90s, which still managed to shock the establishment almost two decades after punk's heydey. The film begins with their formation as a punk band in 1985 leading up to their 1992 worldwide hit 'Pretend We're Dead'. Interviews include Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Shirley Manson (Garbage), Louise Post (Veruca Salt), Joan Jett and many more.  

The Doc'n Roll Film Fest launched in 2013 with the support fo the BFI to help promote the more underground and subcultural side of the music documentary. 

Find out more about the festival and this year's programme at

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