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Sunday 31 March 2019

Putting The Roll Film Into Rock'n'Roll: Doc'n Roll Film Festival Returns To Brighton For Its Fourth Annual Edition

Taking over Brighton's art spaces and select theatres between 1st - 7th April 2019, Doc'n Roll Film Festival returns with a programme full of music documentaries about bands, scenes and labels, stimulating live Q&As with an array of artists and directors, exclusive after-show parties, and much more.

The ultimate arts festival for film buffs and music aficionados alike, Doc'n Roll 2019 will present six feature films that chart the stories of ground-breaking labels. 

Blue Note (It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story) and Trojan (Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records); shine new light on the previously unexplored depths of the Detroit techno scene that would redefine electronic music. 


(Never Stop – A Music That Resists); explores the best soundtracks you never knew existed (The Library Music Film); launch you full-pelt into the world of punk's fearless heroines as they break the glass ceiling and blow the genre apart (Stories from The She Punks); and take you behind the scenes with Badly Drawn Boy as he creates his Mercury Prize-winning debut (About A Badly Drawn Boy: The Story of the Hour of Bewilderbeast). 

Among a number of live Q&A highlights, expect candid insights from punk pioneer and co-director Helen Reddington (The Chefs) as she discusses She Punks, and The Mitcham Submarine's first-hand account of working with Damon Gough, AKA Badly Drawn Boy, on his cinematic portrait of a unique artist and a seminal album.  

This year the festival will also introduce a selection of film shorts especially selected for the 2019 edition.

Doc"n Roll Brighton runs from 1st to 7th April 2019. For full details of the venues, films and to purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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Originally conceived as a solo project by Siobhan Fahey, Shakespears Sister were thus born by a one-time punk turned chart-pop singer who left girl-group Bananarama in the late eighties.

Accidents, heartbreak and a career curse plagued Brighton-duo Blood Red Shoes on the road to their new LP, the appropriately and knowingly-titled, Get Tragic. 

Lemon Jelly producer Fred Deakin's The Lasters is an ambitious new solo project inspired by classic concept albums like The Who's Quadrophenia and Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds.

Having just got off the road from supporting Pixies, The Big Moon will be heading to Brighton, early next year, in support of new album, Walking Like We Do.

In Daniel Rachel's book Walls Come Tumbling Down, he reports that on 5th August 1976, on stage at the Birmingham Odeon, a drunk Eric Clapton harangued an audience of 2,000 rock fans. 
Credit Helen Murray

It is the part that restarted Laurence Olivier's career. Corin Redgrave performed it late on in life. Michael Gambon did so on screen. Three years ago, Kenneth Branagh took it on in the West End. Now, this autumn, it's Shane Richie's turn ..

You will have seen Henry Paker's name whizz by as a writer on the credits of a huge variety of comedy shows, from Michael McIntyre's Big Show, Eight Out Of Ten Cats, and Mock The Week all the way to Comic Relief and Top Gear. 

The University of Brighton will launch Brighton CCA, the first major new contemporary arts gallery in the city for twenty years, on Saturday 19th October 2019. 

At a time when LGBTQ+ education in schools is being protested; when the scourge of anti-Semitism is rearing its head on the political left as well as the right; Jewish graves desecrated with swastikas and religious and queer people are attacked in their community spaces – Becoming Electra presents an uplifting, challenging and hopeful story of a proud, queer Jewish girl finding her voice.
(c) The Unthanks 2018

The Emily Brontë Song Cycle is a work commissioned by the Brontë Society, written and recorded using Emily Brontë’s piano in her home, by composer, pianist and producer Adrian McNally of the band The Unthanks, and performed with sisters Rachel & Becky Unthank.
Credit Philippa Barr

‘Children are curious and accepting. Teaching them that "different" is not bad is key to the eradication of forms of hate, not just homophobia. The question I often get asked is: "Are you a boy or a girl?". The answer I give is, "I am whatever you want me to be!" According to one boy, I'm now a unicorn.’
Credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

As Frankenstein arrives at Theatre Royal Brighton for a week of performances, Rona Munro discusses (below) her new adaptation of Mary Shelley's Gothic masterpiece which places the writer herself (depicted by Eilidh Loan) amongst the action, as she wrestles with her creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then and now.

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