Over the next five weeks our documentary Rock n Roll Island is showing at four majorÂ Film Festivals in the US, demonstrating that the power of music has no boundaries. A defining moment in British music history has been captured on film byÂ Cheryl Robson and Helen Walker, who produced and directed a newÂ 30 minute documentary â€˜Rock â€˜nâ€™ Roll Islandâ€™ as part of a wider series of activities celebrating Eel Pie Island’s place in the history of British rock and blues, including the book The British Beat Explosion.
Narrated by Nigel Planer,Â filmÂ features interviews with key players, fans and club-goers of the Eel Pie Island Hotel Club, who were there in the 50s and 60s includingÂ Top Topham from The Yardbirds, Paul Stewart from The Others, Geoff Cole from the Ken Colyer Band, Bob Dwyer from Steve Laneâ€™s Southern Stompers, Don Craine and Keith Grant from The Downliners Sect, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Kinks drummer Mick Avory, and Phil May from The Pretty Things, as well as Eelpiland fans and clubgoers. Additional footage was recorded during 2014/2
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Combining these interviews with original images and footage from the era, including extracts from the well known â€˜Look At Lifeâ€™ film made about Eel Pie, Rock n Roll Island explores the history of how this small island in the River Thames became the focus of a R&B and rock â€˜nâ€™ roll explosion, and a formative part of the UK and international music scene.
Festival and Award Success
20 – 23 October 2016 Rock n Roll Island screening at the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood.
19 – 23 October 2016 Rock n Roll Island shown at the Carmel International Film Festival.
3 October 2016 Rock n Roll Island shown at the Glendale International Film Festival in California at the Pacific Theatres at the Americana.
16 – 18 September 2016 Rock n Roll Island selected for Covellite International Film FestivalÂ and screened at the Festival in Butte Montana.
April 2016, Rock n Roll Island produced and directed by Cheryl Robson and Helen Walker won theÂ top award (The Gold Remi)Â for short film documentary at WorldFest, the Houston International Film Festival.
October 2015 Rock n Roll Island had its World Premiere at Londonâ€™sÂ Raindance Festival.
Read Garth Pearceâ€™s piece in the Daily Express on Rod Stewart and Eel Pie Island and the documentaryÂ â€˜Rock n Roll Islandâ€™ produced and directed by Cheryl Robson.