Punk, jazz and gospel are among the genres covered in Doc’n Roll, a music documentary film festival taking place in Edinburgh in the last weekend of April.
The Cameo cinema hosts the series of documentaries and Q&As from April 25 to 28, following a Scottish launch last December for the series of films, which launched last December. The six showings are: The Library Music Film, Stories from the She Punks, Pure Love: The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald, Chilly Gonzales: Shut Up and Play the Piano, It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story, and How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and The Road to Rock’n’Roll.
Confirmed Q&As include a post-screening session with Gina Birch out of The Raincoats (pictured), and Helen Reddington aka Helen McCookerybook of The Chefs – directors of Stories from the She Punks.
According to Morven Masterton, Doc’n Roll Scotland’s Fife-born director, “The beauty of what Doc’n Roll does is that it celebrates music of all genres, and we give a lot of love to the unusual and unexpected along with outstanding portraits of the icons of popular music.”
“We’ve programmed a fantastic mix of films for Edinburgh. My personal favourite is Shut Up and Play The Piano, about the outrageous genius that is Chilly Gonzales. He’s performed in Edinburgh a few times, and if you’ve seen him live you’ll love this look at the man and his alter ego; it captures his eccentricity, energy and talent in such a playful and entertaining way.”
Masterton, who joined the Doc’n Roll team as a volunteer in London, where the festival began in 2014, adds, “For the past few years I’ve been desperate to bring the festival back home to Scotland, and we’ve had a lot of local support to help make it happen.
“We had a sneak Doc’n Roll Scotland preview at a sold-out screening of Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records at The Cameo in December. After the Edinburgh weekender in April, we’re finalising plans for Glasgow in late June. I have high hopes to tour Doc’n Roll across Scotland, and who knows – I may even set something set-up in my beloved Fife in the near future!”
All screenings at Cameo, 38 Home Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LZ
Thursday 25 April, 18:00 – The Library Music Film
Friday 26 April, 18:00 – Stories from the She Punks + Q&A
Saturday 27 April, 15:30 – Pure Love: The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald
Saturday 27 April, 17:00 – How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock’n’roll
Sunday 28 April, 15:30 – It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story
Sunday 28 April, 18:00 – Chilly Gonzales: Shut Up and Play the Piano
Tickets can be purchased at www.docnrollfestival.com/film-schedule