Music documentary festival, Doc’N Roll, brings its rich and innovative programming to Hull in April – May 2017.
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.
Northern Disco Lights: The Rise and Rise of Norwegian Dance Music + Q&A with director Ben Davis
29 APRIL, 5.00pm at KARDOMAH 94
This fascinating film tells the story of how a group of friends in the remote Norwegian cities of Bergen and Tromsø gave birth to a unique sound that would redefine dance music and transform a country in the process. The generation of DJs and musicians it inspired have gone on to conquer the world. Staring Prins Thomas, Annie, Bjørn Torske, Lindstrøm, Idjut Boys and Bill Brewster, amongst many others. This film is a perfect complement to John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux taking place in Hull over the same weekend.
Bunch of Kunst: Sleaford Mods
11 MAY, 7pm at FRUIT
Thanks to their scabrous, sweary rants about modern England, Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods have been called the angriest band in Britain. Jason Williamson, a 44-year-old former chicken factory worker and father of two, along with his bandmate and beatmaker Andrew Fearn and their intrepid manager Steve Underwood, a bus driver for Nottingham City Transport and avant-garde bedroom label owner, have won over fans with their brutally honest lyrics and DIY ethos. Bunch of Kunst tells the story of three guys taking on the music business on their own terms.
Supersonic: Oasis + Q&A with Oasis’ graphic designer Brian Cannon and Manchester-based musician and journalist John Robb
12 MAY, 7pm at MIDDLETON HALL
This documentary captures Manchester’s controversial and charismatic native sons Oasis, led by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, tracing their journey to the height of chart success in the 1990s. Previously unseen backstage and live footage serves up the songs and the scenes of an era, the brawls and the brilliance alike.
The Sad and Beautiful World Of Sparklehorse + Q&A with the directors
13th MAY, 4.30pm at JUBILEE HALL
This documentary chronicles the life of Virginia-born singer-songwriter Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, and pays tribute to an artist beloved by his cult followers. Far removed from the mainstream of music, his life mirrored the mesmerizing and unique music, heralded by peers and critics, that blended alt-country, discordant punk and psychedelic pop, and has been described as “defiantly surrealist… with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies.” His collaborators included PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, The Flaming Lips, Danger Mouse, David Lynch and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
Featuring interviews with Jonathon Donahue and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), David Lowery (Cracker), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Gemma Hayes, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), Ed Harcourt, Matthew Wright, John Parish, Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Emily Haines (Metric), the film also features an in-depth interview with Linkous himself.
A humble man and the epitome of a Southern gentleman, he was also a recovering addict who battled debilitating bouts of depression and took his own life in 2010. The dual nature of his personality reflects the extremes of his music; beautiful, surreal, off-kilter pop contrasted with dark, distorted ballads and discordant punk-rock.