What's on at Hackney Picturehouse - Doc'n Roll Festival
The Sad and Beautiful World Of Sparklehorse + Skype Q&A with director Alex Crowton.
Directors: Alex Crowton and Bobby Dass, UK, 2016, 87min
This documentary chronicles the life of Mark Linkous and pays respectful tribute to an artist feverishly beloved by his cult followers. An artist far removed from the mainstream of music, his existence mirrored his mesmerising and unique music. Sparklehorse’s music was heralded by his peers and critics; a mix of alt-country, discordant punk and psychedelic pop; it has been described as “defiantly surrealist… with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies.” Collaborators included PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, The Flaming Lips, Danger Mouse, David Lynch and Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Featuring interviews with Jonathon Donahue and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), David Lowery (Cracker), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Gemma Hayes, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), Ed Harcourt, Matthew Wright, John Parish, Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Emily Haines (Metric), the film also features an in-depth interview with Linkous himself.
Northern Disco Lights: The Rise and Rise of Norwegian Dance Music
Director: Ben Davis, UK, 2016, 74 mins.
After the screening we're joined for a Q&A by Ben Davis via skype.
This fascinating film tells the story of how a group of friends in the remote cities of Bergen and Tromsø gave birth to a unique sound that went on to re-define dance music as it is known today and transform a country in the process. The generation of DJs and musicians it inspired have gone on to conquer the world. Staring Prins Thomas, Annie, Bjørn Torske, Lindstrøm, Idjut Boys, Bill Brewster, amongst many others.
Gregory Porter: Don't Forget Your Music + Q&A with director Alfred Bailey
Director: Alfred George Bailey, UK, 2016, 87 mins
This feature film was shot over four years and spans the life and career of the breakthrough star. New interviews and archive footage chart Gregory’s incredible journey from humble beginnings in Bakersfield, California, to stage, studio and beyond, with his remarkable story underpinned by exclusive access during recording of the new Grammy winning album, TAKE ME TO THE ALLEY. The film features contributions from musical luminaries including Don Was, Hubert Laws, Van Morrison, Jools Holland, Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Jana Herzen and many more.
The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale - plus Skype Q&A with director Bob Hannam
Director: Bob Hannam, USA, 2016, 125 min.
The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale follows this hard rock/punk band’s history, with rare behind-the-scenes footage ranging from their early days in Washington to their multiple modern incarnations, with an eye on the enduring influence they’ve had throughout their 30-year plus history. Featuring interviews with Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Gene Simmons, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Mark Arm, J. Mascis, Josh Homme, David Yow and many more.