Doc’n Roll Film Festival has launched Doc'n Roll TV, a pay-per-view video on demand platform with a wide-range of music documentaries. This follows the postponed UK regional tour set to begin on 25 March 2020, and the festival's biggest-ever.
Watch the current selection of music documentaries here.
Like its big-screen big brother, Doc’n Roll TV’s mission is to show some love and respect to the ever-growing number of great music documentaries that the big platforms dismiss as too adventurous, or too niche.
Forde says: “Doc’n Roll TV’s launch lineup is a hand-picked selection of under-the-radar music documentaries, most of which premiered at past editions of Doc’n Roll Film Festival. This unique video on demand platform reflects our determination to bring great music docs to a nationwide audience… and especially during these uncertain times when escapism is no longer frowned upon!”
The 17 films being screened so far are:
- A Joyful Noise: Sun Ra (2016) - two years of footage of jazz legend Sun Ra
- Borbetomagus: A Pollock of Sound (2016) - Feature-length documentary on the unlikely underground success of free jazz/noise group Borbetomagus, beginning in 1979 New York to cult status in East Asia and beyond
- Braniac: Transmissions After Zero (2019) - The influence of Ohio band Braniac on Nine Inch Nails, The National, The Mars Volta, Steve Albini and more, after the untimely death of its singer
- Bunch of Kunst: A Film About Sleaford Mods (2017) - from bedroom recordings to relative mainstream success, the uncompromising Nottingham band take us through two years of making an impact on the music industry
- Conny Plank: The Potential of Noise - tracking the career of Kraftwerk, Neu! and Devo studio engineer and producer Conny Plank
- Death By Metal (2016) - the story of demolishing Florida metal band Death
- Finding Joseph I: The HR from Bad Brains (2017) - the eccentric life and struggles of Paul "HR" Hudson (Joseph I) from legendary DC punks Bad Brains
- Gil Scott-Heron: Black Wax (1983) - cinematic portrait of singer-songwriter-poet Gil Scott-Heron and Midnight Band from the politics to the influence on hip hop
- Gospel According to Al Green (1984) - from millionaire soul star to gospel singer and Pentecostal preacher, Al Green's life is detailed in intimate interviews and passionate performances
- Late Blossom Blues: The Journey of Lee 'Bud' Welch (2018) - the unlikely story of 81-year-old blues man releasing his debut recording in 2014
- L7: Pretend We're Dead (2018) - the fierce story of pioneering feminist grunge-punks L7
- Manchester Keeps On Dancing (2018) - from House to Acid House
- The Revelation of Lee Scratch Perry (2019) - documentary set around the recording of Perry's 2010 album 'Revelation'
- So Which Band is Your Boyfriend In? (2018) - taking in the real-life experiences of women and non-binary members of the UK DIY and underground music scenes, looking at how to make music accessible to all.
- Stiv: No Compromise, No Regrets (2019) - 30 years after the death of Stiv Bators of punk band the Dead Boys, an insight into the band and its frontman's life up to that fateful day in Paris
- We Are the League: Anti-Nowhere League (2018) - how one of the most offensive bands of all time, from deepest Royal Tunbridge Wells in the early 1980s, made waves with no ambition, no discernible talent, and an opportunist streak for angering everybody