London's first music documentary festival comes to Hackney
Hackney Picturehouse and Stage 3 host the first Doc'n Roll Festival 2014
LONDON'S first festival dedicated to music documentaries is coming to the Hackney Picturehouse from 25 to 28 September.
Doc’n Roll Festival has announced its full line-up, featuring 12 films, most of which are followed by Q&A sessions.
The festival hub is located across the road at the newly opened Stage 3 bar in Hackney Empire, where audiences can soak up the sounds of bands the Ming City Rockers and the 45s, along with DJ sets from Primal Scream’s Simone Marie Butler.
Audiences will be given the chance to see films from Julien Temple, such as 'Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten', 'LONDON: The Modern Babylon' and 'Oil City Confidential'. Temple will be in attendance, answering questions from the floor.
Festival Director, Colm Forde, said: “We chose to launch Doc’n Roll Festival in Hackney as the borough is renowned for its culturally diverse, artistic community – not to mention a wild party or two.
“This complements our programme of exciting films and live gigs perfectly. The three festival directors hail from Ireland, Spain and Poland, but all love living in Hackney and feel very welcome here.”
A Band Called Death
7.30pm, Thursday, 25 September
Detroit, 1974. The city is fanatical about Motown and soul music, but the aptly named David Hackney and his two younger brothers go against the grain to form their own band ‘Death’ (above). Described by Jack White as 'ahead of punk, ahead of time,' their music was largely unheard for 35 years. London premiere, followed by a Q&A with Bobby and Dennis Hackney.
The Punk Syndrome
6.30pm, Friday, 26 September
This film tells the story of Finnish punk band ‘Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day’ and how four musicians with learning difficulties fight, fall in love and become national heroes.
Her Aim Is True
6.45pm, Friday, 26 September, Hackney Picturehouse
A UK premier about the first female photographer of rock 'n' roll, Jini Dellaccio, who recently passed away, aged 97 (above). Jini is described as the woman who visualised punk before it had a name, and embodied indie before it was cool. Followed by a Q&A session with director Karen Whitehead.
Looking For Johnny
9pm, Friday, 26 September, Hackney Picturehouse
Director Danny Garcia ('The Rise and Fall of The Clash') investigates the life and death of New York Dolls and Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders. Garcia spoke to 50 people who were closest to the rocker about his music. Followed by a Q&A.
Simone Marie Butler (Primal Scream) DJ Set
11pm, Friday, 26 September, Stage 3
Primal Scream bassist and DJ, Simone Marie Butler, will bring the second day of the festival to a close with a 90 minute rock 'n' roll set, drawing on influences from musicians across the Doc’n Roll programme.
Ming City Rockers (live)
12midnight, Friday, 26 September, Stage 3
Ming City Rockers (above) will be playing material from their soon to be released self-titled debut album, alongside New York Dolls covers in honour of Johnny Thunders and the evening's screening of 'Looking For Johnny'.
London: The Modern Babylon
3pm, Saturday, 27 September, Hackney Picturehouse
Julien Temple unearths a century of music and film archive to tell a story of cultural upheaval and reinvention. Featuring soundbites from the likes of David Bowie, Ray Davies, Mick Jagger and Malcolm McLaren – as well as an eclectic soundtrack spanning 100 years. Followed by a Q&A with Julien Temple.
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
5.30pm, Saturday, 27 September, Hackney Picturehouse
Julien Temple paints a portrait of the self described 'mouthy little git' and frontman of The Clash, Joe Strummer (above). Interviews with his closest companions reveal a complex figure who used his gift for music to decompress his conscience.
Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times Of Grant Hart
6.30pm, Saturday, 27 September, Hackney Picturehouse
The story of punk rock pioneer Grant Hart is an unfiltered, unrestrained look in to the former Hüsker Dü co-songwriter/singer/drummer’s world.
Oil City Confidential
8.30pm, Saturday, 27 September, Hackney Picturehouse
A film noir feature-length documentary about Dr Feelgood and the story of four unlikely heroes from Canvey Island. The film explores their lives and how their music fitted into the cultural landscape of the early 1970s before punk rock arrived.
The 45s (live)
11.15pm, Saturday, 27 September, Stage 3
A one-hour set from 'the Yardbirds’ illegitimate kiddies', a blues band formed in 2012 in Carlisle by a bunch of 15-year-old lads (above). The suited and booted youngsters will be performing original songs as well as their take on classics from Dr Feelgood and The Who, with a nod to Sparko and Wilko Johnson.
Dean Chalkley DJ Set
12midnight, Saturday, 27 September, Stage 3
Photographer and film-maker Dean Chalkley brings an impressive music collection to the festival to create a great vibe with a variety of soul and classic R ‘n’ B sounds.
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
2pm, Sunday, 28 September, Hackney Picturehouse
A mesmerising portrayal of the actor comprising film clips from some of his 250 films, intimate moments and his own heartbreaking renditions of American folk songs. Includes candid scenes with Debbie Harry, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard and many more.
AKA Doc Pomus
3.30pm, Sunday, 28 September, Stage 3
Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder, reinvented himself as blues singer Doc Pomus (above), then emerged as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, penning hits such as ‘Save The Last Dance for Me’, ‘A Teenager In Love’ and dozens of other hits. The film brings to life his incredible journey.
Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton
7.30pm, Sunday, 28 September, Hackney Picturehouse
Stones Throw Records was a fiercely independent, avant-garde record label. Their story is laced with tragedy, but the label owner’s single-minded pursuit of the music he loves ensures it continues as a vital force in the digital music era. Features exclusive interviews with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Mike D (Beastie Boys), and many more.
A Life In The Death Of Joe Meek
7.45pm, Sunday, 28 September, Hackney Picturehouse
The UK premier documents the life of the man who is seen as a Svengali by many. The English record producer and songwriter nurtured hundreds of teen artists such as Jimmie Page, Steve Howe, Ritchie Blackmore, who helped to define new commercial sounds. Followed by a Q&A with one of the film's two directors.
Closing Party at Stage 3
9.45pm, Sunday, 27 September
An invitation for everyone to hang out and discuss the first ever Doc’n Roll Festival!