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Doc'n Roll Festival in Hackney (25th-28th September, Hackney Picturehouse)

25- 28 September

Hackney Picturehouse

Tickets and details here.



This could be the first of it's kind in London: a documentary mini-season, but one devoted exclusively to music documentaries.

Hosted by the Hackney Picturehouse, the festival will kick off with the London premiere of A Band Called Death, the story of the world’s first black punk band, Death, a group formed by three brothers from Detroit in 1974. A Skype Q&A will follow the screening with band members, Bobby and Dannis Hackney.  11 other docs will follow this premiere, with plenty of director and talent Q&A's alongside the films plus live DJ sets.

You can read the full press release below:

The inaugural Doc’n Roll Festival kicks off on Thursday 25 September at Hackney Picturehouse. Over four days there will be twelve films, several Q&A sessions, live gigs and DJ sets in both the cinema and across the road at new venue Stage 3 which will act as the festival’s hub. As London's first and only festival dedicated exclusively to music documentaries, the line-up will include films and live acts spanning various musical genres and eras. Highlights include an exclusive Julien Temple retrospective on 27 September with an extended talk from the director plus a sneak peek at clips from his upcoming Wilko Johnson doc, live sets from Ming City Rockers and The ‘45s, as well as DJ sets from Primal Scream’s Simone Marie Butler and photographer and filmmaker Dean Chalkley. 

Doc’n Roll opens with the London premiere of A Band Called Death; the extraordinary and little known story of the world’s first black punk band, Death, formed by three brothers from Detroit in 1974. A Skype Q&A will follow the screening with band members, Bobby and Dannis Hackney. 

On Friday 26th British filmmaker Karen Whitehead will screen the UK premiere of Her Aim Is True which tells the story of rock ‘n’ roll outsider, the wonderful photographer Jini Dellaccio, who recently passed away, aged 97. Dellaccio first found herself taking pictures of rock and pop stars in the 1960s and is now described as the photographer who visualised punk before it had a name and embodied indie before it was cool. Whitehead, who interviewed Dellaccio for her film, will be at the screening for a Q&A session. 

On Sunday 28th Doc’n Roll will close with Howard S. Bergman and Susan Stahman’s A Life in the Death of Joe Meek which, through contributions from a cast of musicians including Jimmy Page, Alex Kapranos, Edwyn Collins and Mike Berry, offers a fascinating insight into the life of Britain’s first independent pop record producer. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Howard Berger, and Mike Berry, whose first hit “A Tribute to Buddy Holly’ was produced by Meek in 1961, and chaired by author and Meek enthusiast Travis Elborough.

The Doc‘n Roll line-up also includes portraits of two great talents; Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction and AKA Doc Pomus. Sophie Huber’s Harry Dean Stanton a mesmerising, impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor which explores his enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes candid scenes with household names. William Hechter’s AKA Doc Pomus tells the story of Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder (1925-1991), who was paralysed with polio as a child. As a teenager he began performing as a blues singer under the stage name Doc Pomus and by the 1950’s he had become one of the most successful songwriters of the early rock and roll era, penning, “Save the Last Dance for Me”, “Viva Las Vegas” and dozens of other hits.
Also screening are Jeff Broadway’s Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton featuring interviews and footage from some of hip-hop’s finest, discussing the fiercely independent, avant-garde record label, Stones Throw Records; punk rock pioneer Grant Hart is the subject of Gorman Bechard’s Every Everything: the music, life & times of Grant Hart, Danny Garcia’s Looking for Johnny, a new documentary on the life of the late New York Dolls and Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders; and The Punk Syndrome about the unlikely Finnish punk band - Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day and their journey to fame.