The line-up for this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest has been announced today.
For six days between 5-10th June, Doc/Fest celebrates documentary and factual storytelling in all its forms. From city-wide screenings of 150 of the best British and international award-winning feature and short documentaries (most will be attended by filmmakers who will give Q&As following screenings), to free exhibitions of interactive docs and virtual reality projects, two new artist commissions, live music events, filmmaker masterclasses and headline speakers.
Plus running throughout the festival, Ideas & Science, supported by the Wellcome Trust, which looks at creativity and innovation at the heart of documentary, digital and interactive.
Mark Atkin, Acting Sheffield Doc/Fest director said: “In recent years Doc/Fest has seen more and more documentary fans engaging with the festival and coming through its doors – last year over 26,000 people attended festival events, including 12,000 to the Interactive
Exhibition at the Millennium Gallery.
“Doc/Fest is very lucky that Sheffield has so many incredible spaces within the city centre, which has enabled us again this year to showcase even more cutting–edge documentary across all platforms, including bringing a record 150 docs to the city’s cinema screens, collaborating for the first time with the Site Gallery with the Virtual Reality Arcade and again with the Millenium Gallery for the Interactive Exhibition, plus working with the University of Sheffield to bring Heather Phillipson to the iconic Castle House.”
On Friday 5th June Sheffield Doc/Fest opens with a double-header - at the Sheffield Showroom, Joshua Oppenheimer’s hotly anticipated The Look of Silence (UK premiere), in which a family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.
At the City Hall on the opening night, there is the world premiere of Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson’s The Greatest Shows on Earth: A Century of Funfairs, Circuses and Carnivals, a music and archive film with a brand new score by Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason of Sigur Rós and the Head of the Pagan Church in Iceland and godfather of Icelandic music, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.
The film takes us back to the days when the most outlandish, skilful and breathtaking acts travelled the world.
The extraordinary and never before seen footage from fairgrounds, circuses, freak shows, variety performances, music hall and seaside
entertainment takes us from the very birth of film in 1895 to the present day, and incorporates footage from The University of Sheffield’s National Fairground Archive, made exclusively available to SagaFilm and Crossover Labs.
The film will be followed by a Q&A from the director and musicians.
Five packed-days later the festival will close at the Crucible Theatre with Monty Python: The Meaning of Live (international premiere) followed by a conversation with Michael Palin and directors Roger Graef and James Rogan hosted by comedian Josie Long. Pythons talk frankly about their trials, tribulations and successes while preparing for last year’s first live show in 34 years, Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go.
In Graef’s own words, ‘it’s the Pythons as never seen before, and will never be seen again.’
Headline speakers at this year’s Doc/Fest include: Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, stars of ITV’s hit series Long Lost Family, who will share their insights into the making of a programme that delivers some of the most emotionally powerful scenes ever seen on television; historian and BBC TV presenter Lucy Worsley (The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain (2014) and Dancing Cheek To Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance (2014)), whose inimitable style brings history to life; Jolyon Rubinstein, Heydon Prowse and Joe Wade, creators and presenters of BBC Three’s satirical comedy The Revolution Will Be Televised will talk to Owen Jones about their BAFTA winning TV series.
BUG, the BFI’s ever-popular big screen extravaganza of music video and online creativity, returns to Sheffield Doc/Fest with another special show.
Hosted by the brilliant Adam Buxton, Best of BUG will showcase a selection of the most awe-inspiring recent music videos sourced from around the globe, alongside some incredible discoveries from the web.
For more information, including the full list of events, visit https://sheffdocfest.com/