Doc’n Roll Film Festival

Doc´n Roll Film Festival, the UK´s acclaimed music documentary festival, brings its rich and innovative programming to Hull in April – May 2017, working with Hull Independent Cinema and supported by the BFI.

Taking pride of place in the Season Two: Roots and Routes programme of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations, Doc’n Roll Film Festival will present a slate of 10 acclaimed music documentaries – all of them North East premieres – across iconic city venues, many with in-person Q&As from key creatives and directors.

Celebrating genres ranging from singer-songwriters and folk to jazz and electronic, rock and alternative, these films capture the passion and drama of music-making and spotlight those who make it: the headstrong mavericks and troubled cult heroes, the era-defining icons and Britpop superstars, from Gregory Porter and The Orb to Sleaford Mods and Sparklehorse, and from Oasis and Placebo to Leonard Cohen and Jimi Hendrix.

Aptly for a city that has long been a gateway to Europe, a place of migration and transitions where paths cross and journeys begin, Doc’n Roll Film Festival’s Hull programme celebrates the vitality of UK bands, the vision of UK directors and the role of the UK in nourishing and disseminating musical talent from all over the world.

This festival is part of Transformative Film Culture For Hull, a year-long celebration and showcase of film and filmmaking funded by the BFI and taking place as part of Hull 2017.

Sam Hunt, Executive Producer at Hull 2017, said: ” Whatever your musical persuasion, Doc’n Roll Film Festival is bringing a really exciting line up of films as part of Hull 2017. This is a great city for music and we’ve an incredible variety to be enjoyed throughout our City of Culture year. This terrific festival captures just some of the magic and passion, getting to the heart of this thrilling artform.”

Tony Palmer, Director of Bird On A Wire: Leonard Cohen, said: “Leonard would be thrilled to know that his film Bird On A Wire is part of this year’s Doc’n Roll Film Festival Hull and its UK City of Culture celebrations.”

The Festival kicks off on 29 April at 5pm with Northern Disco Lights: The Rise and Rise of Norwegian Dance Music, including a Q&A with director Ben Davis, and closes on 14 May with Gregory Porter: Don’t Forget Your Music, including a Q&A with producer Oonagh McDonnell, hosted by writer and musician Zoë Howe.

More details of each film and complete listings can be found on the festival website.

Doc’n Roll Film Festival takes place at various venues in Hull from Saturday 29 April to Sunday 14 May 2017.