Sheffield Doc/Fest announce full lineup for 2017
Top picks include a Jo Cox documentary plus conversations from Nick Broomfield and Louis Theroux
The UK's premier documentary festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest has revealed this year's programme. The world renowned six day event celebrates non-fiction visual storytelling with 182 documentary features; 35 world, 21 international, 24 European and 73 UK premieres for its 24th year.
Doc/Fest kicks off on Fri 9 Jun at Sheffield City Hall with the world premiere of Daisy Asquith's documentary Queerama, which highlights the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women since 1919. A live performance from singer-songwriter John Grant follows. Closing the festival is a special screening of Toby Paton's Jo Cox: Death of an MP, followed by a discussion to celebrate the life of the Yorkshire MP.
First timers to the festival include Peter Greenaway CBE, Ian Hislop, YouTube sensation Elijah Quashie and Sir Lenny Henry in conversation with June Sarpong MBE to discuss campaigning for change through the media and humour. Louis Theroux returns to the festival for a BBC interview with the influential documentary maker, Nick Broomfield, whose controversial documentary Whitney: Can I Be receives its UK premiere at the festival. Oscar-winning editor and sound designer Walter Murch also returns to speak at the new addition of the Doc/Fest Craft Summit, supported by Documentary Campus.
The Alternate Realities strand features a record number of projects and this year it introduces two new immersive VR domes on Tudor Square and Upper Chapel Street which aim to take audiences into the minds of others. Uncover secrets from WWII, see the world through the eyes of a baby or play with an interactive model of a reconstructed city. Future Aleppo is a virtual reality prototype based on the paper craft model created by 15 year old Mohammed Kteish to preserve the culture and history of Aleppo.
'Digital humans: prepare to engage, immerse and emote. This year's Alternate Realities programme is bursting at its digital seams with incredible virtual, augmented and interactive experiences, powerful stories, and illuminating talks and discussions that will bring audiences closer than ever before to the lives of others,' says Dan Tucker, the curator of Alternate Realities. 'From augmented reality to gaming, to virtual reality and interactive installations, the exhibition will be an unearthly garden of factual delights with a focus on stories of home, heritage, intimacy and identity'.
The festival awards 10 prizes in total across categories that include the Grand Jury Award, the Art Doc Award, the New Talent Award and the Environmental Award. Winning films will be selected by a jury including Andrea Arnold, Paul Mason and Reggie Yates.
Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place on Fri 9–Sun 14 Jun. Tickets on sale now.