LICENSED to chill! That’s this year’s Sheffield Documentary Film Festival - Doc/Fest 2012 - with highlights ranging from talks by James Bond director Michael Apted to the makers of TV’s Frozen Planet, writes Graham Walker.
Doc/Fest, back for a 19th year in Sheffield, will once again take over the city’s cinemas, theatres and art galleries - with four days of free outdoor screenings at the Howard Street screen.
Military Wives choirmaster Gareth Malone, who helped to record the Diamond Jubilee song, Sing, is also coming to town.
The UK’s premiere documentary and media festival - running from June 13 to 17 - features a film programme book-ended by two legends of rock music and poetry, Mexican-American Rodriguez (Searching For Sugar Man) and punk poet John Cooper Clarke.
Sheffield’s documentary lovers can immerse themselves in a programme of over 120 films from more than 20 countries, including features, shorts and multi-media, cross platform films, as well as attending on-stage interviews with some big names of TV and films.
It is the place to see world and UK premieres of the best creative documentaries from the cinema, television and online arenas, and to hear from and meet filmmakers at Q&A sessions.
Hussain Currimbhoy, Doc/Fest Film Programmer since 2008 is delighted with the way this year’s programme has developed.
“Our 2012 programme which is made up of 82 feature films, 27 shorts, four Cross Platform films, 10 outdoor films and one rather brilliant art installation,” said Hussain
“A recession of economics is persistent, but there ain’t no recession of creativity around here. We received 1,500 submissions this year.
“I’m really excited to be launching new films like Fire in the Blood: an Indian-made examination (and expose) of the pharmaceutical companies and their endless, inhuman greed.
“We are also really proud of Jaywick Escapes, another beautifully crafted film that feels like this year’s Bombay Beach.
“Hopefully just as many international delegates will see it as well as locals because it shows how easily a portion of a wealthy, healthy nation can go sour. It starts with one town and before you know it: Greece.
“A new short film programme comes to life this year in the programme too. We have assembled two 100-minute collections of short films playing on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 to fulfil everyone’s short film desires. Many are world premieres too.”
Highlights of the programme are honoured with awards including the Sheffield Special Jury, Innovation, Green, Youth Jury, Inspiration, Student Doc and Audience Awards.
Bond fans will be shaken and stirred when The World Is Not Enough film director Michael Apted, aged 71, talks about his career (Town Hall Reception Rooms, Thursday, June 14, 6.30pm), with special attention given to his TV series Up, which has followed the lives of 14 seven-year-old children since 1964 - revisiting them every seven years, The latest series is 56 Up. The former Coronation Street director, whose film work includes Agatha, featuring Vanessa Redgrave and Coal Miner’s Daughter, which earned Sissy Spacek an Oscar for best actress, directed the Official Film of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, narrated by his 1999 Bond star Pierce Brosnan.
The team behind BBC 1’s Frozen Planet will reveal how the series was made in BAFTA: Making of Frozen Planet (Crucible Studio, Friday, June 15, 12.30pm).
BBC choirmaster Gareth Malone (Crucible Theatre, Saturday, June 16, 1.15pm) will talk about his rise to fame.
This year for the first time, Doc/Fest has teamed up with Showroom Workstation to offer a great value festival pass to non-delegates looking to get the most out of the Doc/Fest film programme. The Doc/Lovers’ Pass offers as many films as you can fit in throughout the packed Doc/Fest 2012 film programme for just £60/£50 concessions. Full detail, including timings, tickets and more are available on the official Sheffield Doc/Fest web site at www.sheffdocfest.com