Something for the (Easter) weekend? You’re in luck… and the weather can’t play its part in spoiling the fun. The Doc’N Roll Film Festival is in town and hosting screenings all over the shop, with films focusing on Liverpool, jazz, rock and lots more over the next few days. Get yourself to a screening. By Alan O’Hare.

It’s been to London and Brighton, and will be heading to Hull and Manchester next, but the Doc’n Roll Film Festival takes the spotlight in Liverpool this week. Headlining, as it were, is the UK premiere of ‘Some Other Guys – The Story Of The Big Three’ at the British Music Experience.

“I’m delighted to bring ‘Doc’n Roll’ back to Liverpool,” says programmer Colm Forde. “We’re premiering nine music docs over six days – covering rock, electronic, jazz and post-punk. We’ll also be stirring up discussion via post-screening Q&As from the filmmakers and their musical accomplices.” So far, so good – and when you carry on reading and have a sneak preview of what’s on offer with our trailers, you’ll be ready to pull up a pew right away.

The festival is supported by the British Film Institute, using funds from the National Lottery, to grow audience appetite and enjoyment for a wide range of independent British and international film. Launched four years ago to chase recognition for under-the-radar music films that are largely ignored by risk-averse film programmers, ‘Doc’n Roll’ has something to appeal to music obsessives of all ages. Now, let’s find out where they put that bass amp back in 1959…

What’s on

‘L7: Pretend We’re Dead’
Wednesday, March 28th, 7pm.
Lovelocks Cafe, Old Haymarket, Liverpool.

Grunge. Punk. Girls. Boys. Men. Women. And L7 (pictured) on ‘The Word’… remember? Featuring exclusive interviews with Exene Cervenka (X), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Shirley Manson (Garbage), Louise Post (Veruca Salt), Joan Jett and many more.

‘Manchester Keeps On Dancing’
Thursday, March 29th, 7.30pm.
British Music Experience, Cunard Building, Liverpool
Music that moved from Chicago to Manchester and beyond. Were you there? You probably don’t remember. But when the tunes are this good; who cares? Features contributions from Mike Pickering, Dave Haslam, Andrew Weatherall, Laurent Garnier, Todd Terry and many more.

‘The Inertia Variations’
Thursday, March 29th, 8.30pm.
FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool
THE THE are back… well, sort of. Reluctant genius Matt Johnson, perhaps the most cerebral of the post-punks, has been conflicted by creative inertia for decades. This is the story of what happens next. The film has live music, poetry, interviews and discussion – including a Q&A via SKYPE with the man himself.

‘Some Other Guys – The Story Of The Big Three’
Friday, March 30th, 7.30pm.
British Music Experience, Cunard Building, Liverpool
Sunday, April 1st, 3.30pm.
FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool
Starring Brian ‘Griff’ Griffiths, Johnny ‘Gus’ Gustafson, Johnny ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, and many others from the early days of British rock and roll, this is the story of The Big Three. How did The Beatles rocket to stardom whilst their rivals vanished from the music scene just as ‘The British Invasion’ was beginning? Q&A afterwards at BME, too.

‘Raving Iran’
Friday, March 30th, 8.30pm.
FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool
What do you want to know about Tehran’s underground techno scene? Anoosh and Arash are at the centre of it and are tired of hiding from the police. So, they organise one last manic techno rave in the desert, under dangerous circumstances… what could possibly go wrong?

‘Play Your Gender’
Saturday, March 31st, 2.30pm.
FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool
Just five percent of music producers are women and only six women have ever been nominated for the ‘Producer of the Year’ award at The Grammys. No woman has ever won. Why? The documentary features interviews with Sara Quinn (Tegan & Sara), Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins) and Patty Schemel (Hole), alongside many more of the music industry’s most talented women.

‘Pure Love: The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald’
Saturday, March 31st, 4.30pm.
FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool
With absolute pitch and perfect intonation, Ella Fitzgerald’s voice spanned three octaves, her phrasing seemed effortless, and there is almost no style of music in which she did not excel. As Ira Gershwin may have said: “I didn’t realise how good our songs were until Ella sang them.”

‘Chasing ‘Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary’
Sunday, April 1st, 1pm.
FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool
The definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to influence and inspire people around the world. The film features great insights from notable fans, including commentary from Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common and many others.

Doc’n Roll Film Festival 2018
March 29th-April 1st
Various venues, Liverpool

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L7 pic courtesy Doc’N Roll