Doc’ n Roll Film Festival Glasgow

doc n roll film festival

June, 2019

Clyde and joy! Doc’n Roll unveils its first ever festival in Glasgow

GFT / CCA / citizenM

Hot on the heels of its debut Scottish line-up in Edinburgh earlier this year, Doc’n Roll is proud to be taking the UK’s Music Documentary Festival to Glasgow, Scotland’s music city. An action-packed film programme will include Scottish premieres, Q&As, afterparties, live performances and a selection of shorts.


Covering an expanded weekend, from Thursday 27 June to Sunday 30 June, the festival will kick off at the majestic Glasgow Film Theatre, with two big hitters: the award-winning Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records 27 June at GFT and the Scottish premiere of Our Most Brilliant Friends, 28 June, GFT, the beautiful black and white road movie about indie band Slow Club). Both films will include a post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers. A Trojan-themed afterparty, hosted by Walk N Skank, at The Berkeley Suite, will make for a skanking good opening to the festival.

Over the course of the weekend the festival will pack in 10 full-length music docs that run the gamut from reggae to jazz, indie, gospel, punk, electronic, metal and mantra, much of which will be shown at the pioneering CCA on Sauchiehall Street. That’s not all: there’s a free Sunday afternoon programme of shorts at citizenM featuring a selection of films with a Scottish Connection, Hannah Currie’s We Are All Here, and Boiler Room’s Stay True Scotland.


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With Glasgow known as one of the original homes for UK house music nights, Doc’n Roll is especially pleased to be presenting two Scottish premieres that celebrate the history of the scene. Never Stop: A Music that Resists, 28 June CCA, explores Detroit techno, while French Waves, 29 Jun CCA, takes a lighter look at the electronic phenomenon across the Channel. “We’re delighted to host French Directors Jacqueline Caux and Julian Starke for both screenings. We’ve created a special ticket offer for clubbers to see both films at one low price so there’s no reason not to do the double!”

There’s also a special two-film ticket offer for jazz fans, who are invited to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon with the divine voice of one of the twentieth century’s true greats (Pure Love: The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald), 30 June, CCA, followed by the story of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane and the unexpected champions who built a label to bring them to the world (It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story) Sunday, 30 June, CCA.


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Doc’n Roll Scotland director Morven Masterton says: “The enthusiasm for our events in Edinburgh and Dundee gave us the confidence to put together an ambitious festival for Glasgow. It’s a special place, not only because it’s got such a strong and established music scene, but also because of the variety of venues in the city. The CCA and GFT are perfect homes for us because they embrace creativity, experimentation, and expression.

“I’m really looking forward to the opening night screening of Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records. Whether you’re a reggae fan or just an avid music-lover, you’ll enjoy it. For a documentary it captures a real sense of drama, as well as an important piece of our history.”

Masterton adds: “My personal favourites from the Doc’n Roll Glasgow line-up are two very different films, both Scottish premieres. First is Our Most Brilliant Friends, which captures the sad parting of ways of Slow Club, and the second is French Waves, which is a really light-hearted look at the electronic scene, French Touch, that unexpectedly developed in the 1990s.”

“Thanks to interest we’ve received locally we’ve got a few other exciting additions in the pipeline which will top what’s already set to be a great weekend of film, music and conversation. It’s now about spreading the word, many of these events are one offs, so if you miss it, you miss out!”

Full programme

Doc’n Roll Film festival Glasgow 2019 Venues

Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose St, Glasgow G3 6RB
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD
citizenM, 60 Renfrew St, Glasgow G2 3BW

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