Sheffield Doc/Fest Reveals Programme Highlights 2016
This year's edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest will feature a variety of highlights that have now been officially announced as part of the upcoming festival programme. The agenda includes the opening of Doc/Fest by documentary activist Michael Moore, a journey through the adventureous life of filmmaker Joanna Lumley and the UK premiere of Notes on Blindness, an acclaimed production based on audio diaries of John Hull.
Making every festival edition unique is key when organizing a major event like Sheffield Doc/Fest on a yearly basis. Documentary filmmakers and enthusiasts will have all reason to look forward to the upcoming Doc/Fest edition. “Moore, Lumley and Hull have in their own distinct and brilliant ways creatively challenged the status quo with real and meaningful impact. Michael Moore will open the festival with Where To Invade Next, and the trailblazing Joanna Lumley will come to Sheffield to give the ITV Interview. Through the Notes On Blindness feature documentary – which was pitched at the festival’s MeetMarket in 2012 - the words of John Hull will offer a truly inspirational experience. I am thrilled to be able to announce these three incredible game changers will be part of Doc/Fest this year”, says Elizabeth McIntyre, CEO & Festival Director.
Multi-award-winning activist filmmaker Michael Moore will return to Sheffield to open the 23rd edition of the festival on Friday 10 June at Sheffield’s iconic venue City Hall with the UK premiere of his provocative and hilarious Where to Invade Next followed by an on-stage interview.
On Sunday 12 June, Doc/Fest and ITV welcome a true legend to the Crucible Theatre: Joanna Lumley. The celebrated actor, documentarian and campaigner will come to Sheffield to talk about her esteemed, exciting and eclectic career in TV and film. Her documentary work has included epic journeys to discover diverse cultures and continents and intimate portraits of pop icons from Elvis to will.i.am.
Sheffield Doc/Fest will further showcase the project Notes on Blindness which was originally pitched at MeetMarket in 2012 and is produced by Alex Usborne, Sheffield-based producer of 104 Films and considered the world leader in disability cinema. John Hull’s cognitive and emotional experience of blindness will be explored across the festival in June: in the Showroom Cinema, the Film programme will screen the UK premiere of the acclaimed hybrid documentary which uses actors to lip sync John Hull’s audio diaries. The virtual reality Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness will be presented as part of the VR exhibition at Site Gallery as the European premiere of the complete six-chapter experience.
The full programme of this year's edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest will be announced on 4 May 2016.
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