Curzon Soho is a host venue the 6th London edition of the Doc'n'Roll film festival, the documentary film festival discovering, supporting and exhibiting compelling music stories.
This year's line up spans stories from Norway to New Zealand with films including Once Aurora, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps, Show me the Picture: Jim Marshall, Desolation Center and David Crosby: Remember My Name.
Stian Servoss, Benjamin Langeland | Norway | 2019 | 70mins
Aurora is a pop music sensation from a small town in Western Norway. She was discovered at the age of 16, dropped out of school, and spent the next years touring the world with her first album.
At the age of 20, she is at a breaking point. Is this really what she wants, and if not, does she have any other option but to continue?
Sunday 3 November 6.00pm | Curzon Soho.
UK Premiere + Q&A
Martha Kehoe, Joan Tosoni | Canada | 2019 | 91mins
In Canada's history, there are few people who signified the nation's modern confidence in its arts more than Gordon Lightfoot.
This singer-songwriter's singular talent in music changed the world's opinion of Canada's culture with his tremendous variety of songs that both celebrated the nation and touched its soul.
Sparing nothing about Lightfoot's personal weaknesses and failures as well as his triumphs, this film covers Lightfoot's career from his own words and his closest associates with recordings of his greatest hits.
Thursday 7 November 6.30pm | Curzon Soho.
UK Premiere + Q&A
Julia Parnell, Rob Curry | New Zealand | 2019 | 92mins
Martin Phillipps and The Chills are among the founding pioneers of the iconic Dunedin Sound, a groundbreaking musical movement of the late 80s that inspired seminal musicians around the world and ushered in a vibrant alternative culture in New Zealand.
Finding fame in Europe with the otherworldly song ‘Pink Frost’ and on US college radio with the chart- topping ‘Heavenly Pop Hit’, The Chills came tantalizingly close to conquering the international musical world. But his uncompromising vision and constant pressure to succeed saw the eccentric songwriter Phillipps fall into decades of debt and addiction in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand. Now 54, Phillipps has been given a dire medical prognosis, forcing him to reconcile a lifetime of hoarding, alienating band-members and indulging in substance abuse to bravely embrace change while he still can.
Set against the backdrop of Dunedin - a misty and isolated small town - The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps is a cautionary but life-affirming tale of what happens after the glory, about learning to cope with past decisions and the radical act of reinvention.
The film boasts intimate interviews with peers Neil Finn and an ever-revolving cast of band members as they ponder why this music from the bottom of the world has impacted so many and where it all went wrong. This unique story exemplifies the nature of regret, the acceptance of unfulfilled dreams and rediscovering a creative lifeline.
Saturday 9 November 6.00pm | Curzon Soho.
UK Premiere + Q&A
Alfred George Bailey | UK | 2019 | 92mins
Legendary US photographer Jim Marshall's diary of a life in music captures both the volatile man behind the lens and the seismic changes that defined the 1960s. A child of immigrants he battled inner demons and fought his way to become one of the most trusted mavericks, the man with five Leica M4s hanging round his neck.
A passion for music led him to capture some of the most iconic figures in music history from the jazz greats to Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and The Rolling Stones. His abrasive but honest approach to his subjects combined with his incredible skill to build trust expanded his portfolio beyond celebrities, documenting key moments in US history and a time of great turbulence.
Sunday 10 November 5.00pm | Curzon Soho.
UK Premiere + Q&A
Stuart Swezey | USA | 2018 | 94mins
Desolation Center is the previously the untold story of a series of Reagan-era guerrilla music and art performance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have paved the way for Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, collective experiences that have become crucial parts of alternative culture in the 21st century.
The feature documentary splices interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic and more, documenting a time when pushing the boundaries of music, art, and performance felt like an unspoken obligation.
Saturday 16 November 5.00pm | Curzon Soho.
UK Premiere + skype Q&A
A. J. Eaton | USA | 2018 | 95mins
Taking viewers through soaring career highs, along with the chemical variety that led to ravaging addictions and serious prison time, David Crosby: Remember My Name explodes myths and sheds profound new light on all the music, politics, and personalities that crossed his incredible and ongoing path.
In the illuminating twilight of his days as a living legend, “Croz” has chosen living over the legend . He’s making less money but more music than ever, hitting the road despite serious health issues, surrounded by young players who have helped inspire a critically - acclaimed creative streak of fresh songs, albums, and performances.
As a troubled talent but uncompromising and principled spirit whose voice has been harmoniously woven into the fabric of pop culture and music royalty since the mid - 1960s (first with the Byrds but most famously as a founding member of the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Crosby finally distinguishes himself as a masterful raconteur and unsparingly self-aware survivour.
Due to unforeseen circumstances director A.J. Eaton can no longer attend the Q&A in person but will participate via Skype. We have additional DJs in the bar after the event.
Sunday 17 November 5.00pm | Curzon Soho.