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Doc'n Roll Festival

Sat, 28 May

Doc'N Roll presents: In A Silent Way + pre-recorded Q&A

30 years after the release of Talk Talk’s fourth album Spirit of Eden, superfan of the 1980s British art-rock band - Belgian director Gwenaël Breës - found himself crisscrossing the country in an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the record. The problem? Up to his death in 2019 lead singer Mark Hollis notoriously declined all interview requests and the rest of the band has followed suit, refusing to allow their music to be used on film. Armed with a boom mic, Breës must attempt the impossible - to make a film about a band that does not want to be filmed, and tell the story of the ultimate art rock album without playing the record. His journey becomes an organic quest with silence as a horizon line and punk as a philosophy, as he contends, despite all obstacles, that music is accessible to all and the human spirit is above technique. The documentary will be followed by a 30 minutes pre-recorded Q&A.

Sun, 29 May

Doc'N Roll presents: Love in Bright Landscapes - David McComb of The Triffids

In a short life, David McComb gave up secrets in the shape of his songs, as the singer-songwriter and driving force of the great Australian band, The Triffids. McComb believed in the power of the song, and in The Triffids’ 1986 masterpiece Born Sandy Devotional he found a new Australian voice: a poetically inspired vision of desolate, broken-hearts cast against the bright expanse of beaches, deserts and highways. Using his familiar Western Australian landscape as the canvas for his towering psychodramas, the tragedy and triumph of McComb’s driven, passionate life is brought to the screen with McComb’s poetry and newly discovered letters read by Australian-born Man Booker Prize-winning novelist DBC Pierre; interwoven with excerpts from no less than 75 of David's songs. But McComb’s health faltered and after a heart transplant in 1996, he died in 1999, days short of his 37th birthday - leaving a slew of unanswered questions and unrecorded songs. Love in Bright Landscapes reveals the man behind the songs - via beautifully restored 35mm slides, delightfully evocative home movies and heart-rending interviewees with colleagues, family, and friends.

Wed, 1 Jun

Doc'N Roll presents: Karen Dalton: In My Own Time

Blues and folk singer Karen Dalton was a prominent figure in 1960s New York. Idolized by Bob Dylan and Nick Cave, Karen discarded the traditional trappings of success and led an unconventional life until her early death. Since most images of Karen have been lost or destroyed, the film uses Karen’s dulcet melodies and interviews with loved ones to build a rich portrait of this singular woman and her hauntingly beautiful voice.

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