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We've teamed up with the good people at Doc’n Roll to bring their 2020 Shorts Festival online. We'll be hitting your screens with eight of the hottest music shorts of 2020 spanning some epically eclectic music genres.
Despite the craziness 2020 has presented, Doc'n Roll still received over 75 short film applications for the festival and we'll be splitting the eight finalists over two Thursday screenings each session ending with a Q&A.
Our first installment journeys through Britain's Drill music scene (Take Off Your Hoodies) and explores using live music performance for stroke recovery therapy (Mind Mending). We then dig into feminist, frosty Folk in Norway (Wrong Direction) and discover a fusion of the Modern Electronic genre with Classical influences (Nostalgic Symphony). The Doc’n Roll Shorts Festival 2020 (Programme 1, Thursday, November 5) is one to clear the diary for!
Check out the full lineup below and see what's lined up for our second installment on Thursday, November 12 here.
SHORTS PROGRAMME 1 – Thursday, November 5 (52 mins + Q&A w/ director David Hayes (Take Off Your Hoodies))
Tune in from 6pm Thursday, November 5 for a whole week!
Nostalgic Symphony, Tom Potter, UK, 2020 (3 mins)
‘Nostalgic Symphony’ is a short-form documentary that explores the temporal cycle of music - as Jack Potter, a 20-year-old music producer, fuses Modern Electronic Genre and Classical influences in a symphony of innovation.
Wrong Direction, Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid, Norway, 2020 (18 mins)
On a dark January evening in Oslo six young women decide to form a band. None of them know each other, but everyone knows Maria, a left-wing lesbian with shrill opinions. They play flute, fiddle, guitars, drum and bass, and call themselves a ‘political telegram’. By spring, they have a warm friendship and high hopes for a career. Then real life knocks on the door.
Mind Mending, Markus Schröder, Germany, Portugal, United Kingdom, USA, 2020, 17 mins)
Filipe is only 36 when he suffers a stroke performing on stage with his heavy metal band. Believing that live music will help his recovery, and frustrated by his aphasia, a communication disorder brought on by stroke, Filipe attempts to reconnect with the world by visiting music festivals dressed as a bunny rabbit. After showing signs of improvement, the stress and anxiety caused by his ambition plunge him into depression and epilepsy. He perseveres, but a new diagnosis of bipolar disorder lands him in hospital, following a dramatic and confusing visit to the United States. As he learns to accept that bunny will always be with him, Filipe finally gets a grip on reality when a fresh ray of hope gives him a new perspective.
Please Take Off Your Hoodies, David Hayes, 2020 (UK, 14 mins)
As Britain’s drill music scene continues to divide opinion, a young producer is making his mark from the basement of a Caribbean takeaway in South London. Born in Chicago and influenced by London’s grime scene, UK drill music has been heavily criticised by politicians and journalists for its violent lyrical content and ‘menacing’ youtube videos showing the often-masked artists performing their tracks. But does drill inspire crime or simply reflect reality? This film takes us into the basement of a Caribbean takeaway in South London where producer Tweeko (20) has established his own studio. Beneath the hoodies and masks is something the genre’s critics may not expect or understand: entrepreneurial young men making a living by telling stories about their reality.