Doc ‘N’ Roll Festival 2021 is in full swing!

34 feature-length documentaries and 8 shorts, including features about Prince, Talk Talk, and Guy Clark

Doc´n Roll Film Festival is celebrating the best in music documentaries. Last year’s premiere was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the eighth edition of the festival has bounced back bigger than ever!

Film and music fans have had the choice of 34 feature-length documentaries and 8 shorts. The hybrid in-cinema and online festival includes films about household names like Prince, Talk Talk, and Guy Clark.

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Alongside the established festival in London, the event has been taken regional for the first time. There have been screenings in Brighton, Cardiff, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool, and Manchester.

Doc ‘N’ Roll Festival 2021 has focused particularly on identity, including gender, race, and roots. Musicians from Brazil, Myanmar, Congo, Vietnam, Serbia and the Basque country are seeking to highlight injustice and inspire change.

Cinema screenings

If you’re quick, you can catch screenings in Liverpool and Edinburgh until November 11, and in London and Cardiff until November 14.

In London, you can see films about Guy Clark, Faith and Branko, Karen Dalton, Niña Coyote eta Chico Tornado, and Fanny. Many of these events have Q&As after the screening and some have a DJ set (COVID permitting). There’s also the short film programme at House of Vans on November 12.

If you’re in Cardiff, you can catch screenings of films featuring Talk Talk, Lydia Lunch, St Vincent, Karen Dalton, The Rumba Kings, and Dom Salvador and Abolition.

In Liverpool, you can see St Vincent’s film. In Edinburgh, there’s a film about revolutionary British musician and composer Matthew Herbert.

Online screenings

Can’t make it out? No worries! Many of the films are available to stream online until November 21, 2021.

What’s more, the festival organisers have curated a list of under the radar and cult music documentaries to rent for your streaming pleasure. The extensive list includes films about Idles, L7, Poly Styrene, Twisted Sister, Brian Jones, Al Green, Sleaford Mods, and the recent classic So Which Band Is Your Boyfriend In?

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