IDLES to release documentary ‘Don’t Go Gentle’ in cinemas next month

The documentary is coming to cinemas in July

IDLES are set to release their documentary, Don’t Go Gentle, in cinemas next month.

The documentary film, directed by Mark Archer, will be available to view in cinemas from July 2 with fans able to buy tickets for the screenings here. The film will also have some previews and Q&A sessions with filmmakers in selected cinemas from June 23-30.

The documentary will be available to stream via VOD from August 6 and can be pre-ordered here.


You can see the film’s trailer and preview dates below:

Initial Previews and Q&As

23 – Watershed, Bristol
24 – Rio Cinema, London
24 – Abbeydale Cinema, Sheffield
25 – Duke of York, Brighton
26 – Picturehouse Arts, Cambridge
27 – Moth Club, London
27 – 
Curzon Soho, London
30 – Clapham Grand, London
30 – Showcase Cabot Circus, Bristol

1 – Ritzy, London
1 – Phoenix, Exeter

A synopsis of the film reads: “Don’t Go Gentle captures the 10 year journey of IDLES’ struggle, grief and moving determination. Exploring their vulnerabilities through their experience, lyrics and sound, we learn the reasons why these five individuals have connected with legions of people across the world. We see just how that relationship unfolds in the most courageous and positive of human ways.

“In a time when the ground is shifting beneath our feet, where open communication and truthful reflection are more vital than ever, we journey with lead singer Joe Talbot and the band as they tear across stages, knocking down stereotypes, empowering fans to talk about mental health and the realities we may not feel comfortable to speak about.”

NME’s four star review of the film said: “Don’t Go Gentle, created by the AF Gang themselves, tracks the journey of the band, the community that runs alongside them, and how music can forge togetherness like little else…”


Don’t Go Gentle hammers home some very worthwhile lessons: social media isn’t always toxic, there is room for community as well as division online, and bands can still change your life – this one in particular.”

Last month (May 27), it was announced that IDLES will perform at next year’s Primavera Sound Festival. The Barcelona-held event is set to return next year for its 20th anniversary after the 2020 edition was cancelled earlier this month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Primavera confirmed the first 100 acts for the 2021 line-up, announcing that the likes of The Strokes, Tame Impala, Gorillaz, FKA twigs and Tyler, the Creator will perform next year between June 2-6.