FASHION designer Ozwald Boateng and best-selling author Terry Pratchett are among the personalities who will be attending Sheffield Doc/Fest next month.
They both have films made about them in the line-up of more than 100 documentaries being shown at the festival which is taking place in the summer for the first time.
As usual it will attract some of the most talented and compelling documentary filmmakers working in the business today headed by Morgan Spurlock whose Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, in which the American skewers the omnipresent world of product placement, is the opening film.
Adam Curtis, whose latest series for BBC, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, about Asif Kapadia (Senna) and John Akomfrah’s (The Nine Muses).
Also attending are Leonard Retel Helmrich who continues his award-winning trilogy with Position Among the Stars, Oscar-nominated director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) with his latest film, The Interrupters, which sees ex-Chicago gang members come together to fight crime, and acclaimed war photographer turned filmmaker Danfung Dennis and Hell and Back Again following a soldier on the frontline in Afghanistan and back home during his painful recovery from a serious injury.
Many of them will give masterclass and in-conversation sessions including the BBC interview with Adam Curtis and the Channel 4 Interview with KEO Films. Newspaper columnist AA Gill will be in conversation with the BBC’s Nick Fraser, and there will be interviews with TV presenter and former Royal Marine Bruce Parry and film-maker Molly Dineen. Masterclasses include John Akomfrah, Nick Broomfield, Leonard Retel Helmrich, Steve James, and Morgan Spurlock.
Ozwald Boateng will attend Doc/Fest with director Varon Bonicos to talk about their 12-year collaboration on A Man’s Story which profiles the design, his business and personal life. Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die looks at the realities of assisted death will be introduced by the fantasy writer who will also give a masterclass.
This year’s 110-plus film programme - including 79 features - is themed around the categories of Art, Bent, Green and Music, as well as a new focus on protest films, with some responding to events in the Middle East.
In the music strand are Hit So Hard, about Patty Schemel, the hard-hitting drummer of Courtney Love’s Hole during its peak years., actor and director Michael Rapaport’s Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, and Jeanie Finlay’s Sound It Out about the North East’s last surviving vinyl shop.
Among other highlights in the programme are stand-out titles by Martin Scorsese, Barbara Kopple, James Marsh, Alma Har’el, Marie Losier and Charles Ferguson. Meanwhile subjects range from BruceLaBruce, potential future US president Donald Trump, Genesis P-Orridge, Chastity Bono, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Marc Calvet.
Some films will receive joint premieres in Sheffield and Edinburgh in a groundbreaking collaboration between Doc/Fest and the Edinburgh International Film Festival which follows on June 15-26.
The full programme for Sheffield Doc/Fest which runs from June 8-12 at venues across Sheffield is on www.sheffdocfest.com.
Public tickets went on sale Monday at the Showroom cinema.