Sheffield: Dare to open your mind at Doc/Fest

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Sheffield’s famous international festival of documentary film Doc/Fest returns for its 21st year next month.

From 7th - 12th June the steel city is transformed into a doc-lover’s paradise with more than 150 films from around the world screened across the city.

It is a breeding ground for new projects as film makers, commissioners and students all gather for talks, pitches and masterclasses.

But more importantly it is a chance to open cinema goers’ eyes to a world of issues, ideas and experiences.

Doc/Fest has always had a rebellious streak. And this year is no different with film themes focussing on music, the arts, ideas and science, resistance, cycling, the environment and gay and lesbian characters.

This year’s ‘resistance’ strand includes The Battle of Orgreave - Mike Figgis’ 2001 re-enactment of the miners’ strike clash that erupted on the South Yorkshire coalfield.

Demand will be sky high for the opening night European premiere of Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets at Sheffield City Hall.

Director Florian Habicht unveils the deep affection that the people of Sheffield have for homegrown band Pulp, and the formative effect the town has had on the band’s music and Jarvis Cocker’s distinctive story-telling lyrics.

Special outdoor screenings include films shown deep inside a cave in the Peak District and in the grounds of Chatsworth House.

Special guest speakers include Channel 4 news stalwart Jon Snow who will discuss his extensive career in television.

And Adam Buxton returns by popular demand to present a special BUG show celebrating some of David Bowie’s music videos and films.

See the full Doc/Fest programme and ticket prices at