Amps, guitars, action: Doc’n Roll Film festival returns to Picturehouse Cinemas this spring with a lineup of thrillingly up-close and ear-bending music documentaries and Q&As as part of their Sounds of London film season.
From heavy rock in all its mane-shaking pomp to punk’s gritty, gobby subversion and the blackest-hearted provocateur of Britpop, via a designer whose sleeves wrapped up countless soundtracks of youth, these sharp-eyed films capture the brilliance and the bust-ups, the riffs and the rebellion, the hustlers and dreamers and moments of heart-stopping musical glory.
Art Will Save The World (15)
Director: Niall McCann. Ireland, 2012. 70mins.
A rare outing for this celebrated documentary about - and narrated by – Luke Haines. The prolifically inventive songwriter and former frontman of the criminally underrated Auteurs and delightfully arch Black Box Recorder, he is now probably best known as the author of Bad Vibes, a comically cold-blooded post-mortem of the mid-90s Britpop scene, Featuring interviews with Jarvis Cocker and writers John Niven, David Peace and Stewart Home, the film follows a bizarre commercial spiral from a Mercury award nomination that saw the Auteurs beaten to the prize by Suede’s debut album by just a single vote to an incongruous Top of the Pops appearance with the Black Box Recorder.
“This film is bloody brilliant” The Quietus
Thursday 21 April, HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE – 8:30PM
SCREENING + Q&A featuring director Niall McCann and Luke Haines hosted by music writer, Zöe Howe
Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same (15)
Director: Joe Massot. USA 1976. 137mins
The line forms – and ends – here for the world’s greatest, most influential rock band. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016, this legendary and ground-breaking concert film of Led Zeppelin’s electrifying 1973 performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden immerses us in both the band’s live performance and its members’ personal lives with backstage footage – and their own private hallucinations via animated sequences.
Augmenting the performances, fantasy sequences and at-home glimpses of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and the late John Bonham are rare extras including additional songs. It all adds up to the complete Madison Square Garden Concert experience. The Song Remains the Same. So does the group’s power and place in rock lore.
East End Babylon (15)
A story spanning over a hundred years, a story of the most impoverished place in Britain, and a people, culture and way of life that is now all but extinct but that gave birth to one of the most ferocious rock’n’roll bands that ever lived.
East End Babylon takes us on a journey through smoky boxing clubs, battles on the terraces and piss stained boozers as three dead end kids formed a band that would be the last word in rock’n’roll savagery. Screening as part of Punk.London.
Thursday 14 April, HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE – 8:30PM
SCREENING + Q&A featuring director Richard England and band member Mick Geggus, hosted by Zöe Howe
Taken By Storm: The Art Of Storm Thorgerson And Hipginosis (15)
Director: Roddy Bogawa. USA 2013. 95mins.
Described by writer Douglas Adams as “the best album designer in the world”, Storm Thorgerson’s career spanned five decades as he and his studio Hipgnosis created some of the most iconic album covers ever made, including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy.
Featuring interviews with Robert Plant, David Gilmour, Peter Gabriel and many more, this fascinating documentary gives a glimpse into Thorgerson’s creative processes and career before his death in 2013.
Thursday 28, April, RITZY PICTUREHOUSE – 8:30PM
SCREENING + Q&A featuring producer Orian Williams, hosted by musician and broadcaster Simone Marie
Part of Britain on Film, this season is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London and proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network funded by the National Lottery.