- 20 WORLD PREMIERES at Sheffield Doc/Fest
- Sat 7: 4 World Prems - Mr. Somebody?, The 50 Year Argument, Still The Enemy Within and Night Will Fall
- Sun 8: 6 World Prems - Peter De Rome Grandfather of Gay Porn, We Are Many, Ecocide – Voices from Paradise, Going to the Dogs, The Last Man on the Moon, and One Rogue Reporter
- Mon 9: 3 World Prems - Pakistan’s Hidden Shame, In The Shadow of War, and Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and Last Nazi War Crime
- Tue 10: 1 World Prem: Unearthed
- Weds 11: 4 World Prems - Beaverland, Profession: Documentarist, The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins and Love is All
- Thurs 12: 2 World Prems - Kids on the Breadline and Alasdair Gray: A Life in Progress
World Premieres abound at this year’s festival including: Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s A 50 YEAR ARGUMENT; Penny Woolcock’s GOING TO THE DOGS; PETER DE ROME GRANDFATHER OF GAY PORN; Kim Longinotto’s LOVE IS ALL screening at Chatsworth;space biography THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON, with former astronaut Captain Eugene Cernan attending the festival; and STOP AT NOTHING: THE LANCE ARMSTRONG STORY.
Director/Producer: Michelle Heighway | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 59 MINS
Sat 7th June, 10.45 – Vimeo Showroom 2
Thur 12th June, 15.30 – ITN Source Showroom 4
Nestled amongst his hoard of papers, photos, and random objects, the “oddest man in Britain” Jake Mangle-Wurzel describes with great lucidity his obsession with never throwing anything away. “A lot of it is humour but a lot of it is philosophical,” he muses. After his wife and daughter left him some forty years ago, he vowed to spend the rest of his days as a professional lunatic. His small Huddersfield cottage became a den for an unfettered, inventive whimsy, featuring an outdoor tub and a “tab end” sculpture made with an especially unusual adhesive (and it’s not what you think). Oscillating wildly from mad to insightful, Mangle-Wurzel carves a inspirational yet lonely figure of boundless imagination. Yorkshire filmmaker Michelle Heighway chronicles the committed eccentric’s highs and lows over a period of five years that includes a council-ordered clean up and a devastating fire. As the film bears witness, their mutual fondness develops into trust and a genuine friendship that extends well beyond the frame.
The 50 Year Argument
Sat 7th June, 13.30 – PBS America Showroom 3
Mon 9th June, 21.30 – ITN Source Showroom 4
Director: Martin Scorsese David Tedeschi | Producer: Margarot Bodde, Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi | Country: United States | Year: 2014 | Duration: 90 MINS
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese and his longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi, A 50 Year Argument rides the waves of literary, political, and cultural history as charted by the The New York Review of Books, America’s leading journal of ideas for over 50 years. Provocative, idiosyncratic and incendiary, the film weaves rarely seen archival material, contributor interviews, excerpts from writings by such icons as James Baldwin, Gore Vidal, and Joan Didion along with original verité footage filmed in the Review’s West Village offices. Confrontation and original argument are in the Review's DNA - the magazine seems as vital now as when it was run by its indefatigable founding editors, Robert Silvers and the late Barbara Epstein. Co-produced with the BBC's award-winning Arena and shaped by Scorcese's vivid filmmaking style, A 50 Year Argument captures the power of ideas in influencing history.
Still The Enemy Within
Director: Owen Gower | Year: 2013 | Duration: 100 MINS
Sat 7th June, 13.45 – ITN Source Showroom 4
Wed 11th June, 20.30 – ITN Source Showroom 4
By the time that Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979, the Tories had been planning for years how to crush the trade unions. This archive-rich film takes us back to the frontline of that battleground: the 1984 miners strike. Lasting a year, it brought tens of thousands of miners to the picket lines, in protest at the shutting of collieries, and loss of jobs. Told primarily from the retrospective of the miners' communities themselves, we hear how the initial euphoria and solidarity evolved into desperation, starvation and bitter division. Interviewees recount how the state ruthlessly confronted the industry - from stockpiling coal before the strike, to ongoing harassment by thousands of riot police throughout, all aided by a relentless national media campaign. The government's ultimate triumph smoothed the way for a country still determined to sell off its public assets in the pursuit of free enterprise.
Night Will Fall
Director: Andre Singer | Country: United Kingdom, United States, Israel | Year: 2014 | Duration: 80 MINS
Sat 7th June, 15.00 – Showroom 1
Mon 9th June, 20.30 – PBS America Showroom 3
In 1945, a remarkable documentary was made about the liberation of the Nazi Concentration Camps. The film was masterminded by Sidney Bernstein, founder of Granada TV, and had involvement from Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder and Richard Crossman. But within six months of having been green lit, the British and American governments withdrew support for the film and it was consigned, incomplete, to the archives of the Imperial War Museum. Using unflinching archive film and eyewitness testimony, Night Will Fall reveals what allied cameramen and troops encountered on Liberation and tells the untold story of the film's history: how politics and ambition scuppered the production of one of the most extraordinary films of the 20th century and how now, 70 years after liberation, Bernstein's film is finally complete.
Peter De Rome Grandfather of Gay Porn
Director: Ethan Reid | Producer: Alex Main | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 97 MINS
Sun 8th June, 12:15 - Showroom 3
Wed 11th June, 17:45 - Showroom 3
During Peter de Rome’s lifetime, being gay has gone from a pathological disorder to an accepted part of human sexuality. At 90, de Rome’s sense of mischief has not diminished, and it’s easy to see how he might have charmed his way to those wonderfully illicit encounters that he has committed to film. His dreamy pornscapes evolved from brazen cruising experiences to the later genre mash-ups: porn-horror, anyone? The erotic thrill of getting caught and the (gay) joy of sex were only ever filmed for a small, trusted audience, liberating de Rome of a wider artistic burden and emboldening him to make some truly inventive, groundbreaking work. But word spread quickly about the films in the New York underground, attracting the likes of David Hockney and Andy Warhol to the viewing parties. Director Ethan Reid’s portrait of gay porn’s granddaddy celebrates his life and revisits some of the most orgasmic moments caught on film.
Director/Producer: Amir Amirani | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 104 MINS
Sun 8th June, 12.30 – Library Theatre
Mon 9th June, 18.00 – Library Theatre
The image is impressed upon our collective consciousness: the Twin Towers cut against a bright blue sky, plumes of smoke billowing from the sides. To this day, the reverberations of 9/11 can still be felt. Usurping the tragedy to start a “war on terror”, the Bush administration — with Tony Blair’s backing — created tenuous connections between the Taliban and Iraq. Activists on both sides of the Atlantic quickly responded by challenging the legitimacy of the war. What began as separate and dispersed anti-war efforts began to cohere, resulting in the largest mobilisation of people in history: on February 15th 2003, over 36 million people took to the streets. In a series of gripping interviews, journalist and documentary maker Amir Amirani looks at the consequences of the protests, from the failed intervention on Iraq to the rise of organised dissent in the post-9/11 present.
Director/Producer: Juliet Brown | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 58 MINS
Sun 8th June, 13:00 – Showroom 1
When BP’s Macondo oil well exploded in 2010, it killed 11 men and spilled over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In the tiny South Louisianan fishing community Grand Isle, the countdown began as locals watched the murky expanse creep into their lapping crystal water, leaving behind a horrifying red paste along the shoreline. The entire Gulf ecosystem collapsed within two years, not from the spill directly, but rather from the dispersants sprayed by BP’s aircrafts to sink the oil out of sight — and to the seabed. “Where all life starts,” laments one trawlerman as he ponders his future. As crustaceans burst with tumours and healthy people fall ill, BP wash their hands clean by pronouncing the waters “safe” once again. Spending two years after the oilspill recording life on Grand Isle, filmmaker Juliet Brown exposes one of the greatest ecological disasters in recent history and its impact on local lives.
Director: Penny Woolcock | Producer: Jack Woodcraft, Matt Hay | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 62 MINS
Sun 8th June, 13.15 – Odeon
Multi-award winning filmmaker Penny Woolcock is reunited with former gang member Dylan Duffus (1 Day, One Mile Away) to explore the criminal subculture of the dog fighting world and man's conflicted relationship with dogs. Demonised by the media, certain breeds of dog are seen as 'status symbols', and some are also trained to fight. Dog fighting has, in recent years, been identified by the police and RSPCA as a growing problem in inner-city areas. In this challenging film Penny engages with those involved in dog fighting, speaks to academics and historians about blood sports in general and questions man's treatment of animals as commodities. Warning: Audience members may find some scenes upsetting.
The Last Man on the Moon
Director: Mark Craig | Producer: Gareth Dodds, Patrick Mark, Sara Giles | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration:105 MINS
Sun 8th June, 15.15 – PBS America Showroom 3
Mon 9th June, 15.45 – PBS America Showroom 3
The 1960s was an extraordinary time for the United States. Unburdened by post-war reparations, Americans were preoccupied with other developments like NASA, the game-changing space programme that put Neil Armstrong on the moon. Yet it was astronauts like Eugene Cernan who paved the uneven, perilous path to lunar exploration. A test pilot who lived to court danger, he was recruited along with 14 other men in a secretive process that saw them become the closest of friends and adversaries. In this intensely competitive environment, Cernan was one of only three men who was sent twice to the moon, with his second trip also being NASA’s final lunar mission. As he looks back at what he loved and lost during the eight years in Houston, an incomparably eventful life emerges into view. Director Mark Craig crafts a quietly epic biography that combines the rare insight of the surviving former astronauts with archival footage and otherworldly moonscapes.
One Rogue Reporter
Director: Rich Peppiatt, Tom Jenkinson | Producer: Rich Peppiatt | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 55 MINS
Sun 8th June, 15.30 – Vimeo Showroom 2
Tues 10th June, 13.15 – PBS America Showroom 3
Back in 2011, Rich Peppiatt was a young, disillusioned reporter for the Daily Star ready to drop a bomb of a brilliant resignation letter to the management. Almost instantly, it was picked up by the broadsheets, retweeted and reposted on all the media blogs as a two-fingered salute to sleazebag journalism. The “tabloid hack” was now the David to the paper’s Goliath and over the next year, he resolved to turn the tables back on Fleet Street. Like a rash that won’t let up, Peppiatt plagued the mean boys of News Corp et al with his Pandora’s box of hilarious pranks. He confronts the head bullies and strips them down —sometimes literally — with their own tricks of the trade: wreak havoc, because it doesn’t matter as long as you bring the story in. Featuring interviews with Hugh Grant, Steve Coogan, and John Prescott, One Rogue Reporter is a gutsy takedown best served funny.
Director: Mo Naqvi| Producer: Jamie Doran | Country: United Kingdom, Pakistan | Year: 2014 | Duration: 47 MINS
Mon 9th June, 12.30 – Showroom 1
In Pakistan, 25 per cent of boys are sexually abused by older men before they reach 16 years of age. This powerful new observational documentary takes us into the lives of the child victims in the town of Peshawar, bordering Afghanistan. We also encounter the men behind this horrific practice and the police who turn a blind eye in return for bribes.
In The Shadow of War
Director/Producer: Georgia Scott, Sophia Scott | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 74 MINS
Mon 9th June, 13.00 – PBS America Showroom 3
Thousands of children born in the midst of the Bosnian war were abandoned, orphaned or abused. The four young people profiled here are sadly all too typical of a blighted generation. Having watched his father convicted of war crimes as a boy, Ante is struggling to figure out how to carve his own identity. After years of abuse, Magdalena is trying to escape her father, who refuses to acknowledge his post traumatic stress - a disorder which affects a third of the population. Ilija's best moments are spent with the local diving club, which is helping to overcome the grief of his mother's abandonment. Raised in an orphanage, Elvis is convinced that God hates him. His mentor Walter is trying to steer him away from the self-destructive path he seems intent on. An important film, which reminds us that war's devastation doesn't end with the ceasefire.
Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans and The Last Nazi War Crime
Director: Jacqui Morris, David Morris | Producer: Jacqui Morris | Country: United Kingdom, Canada | Year: 2014 | Duration: 99 MINS
Mon 9th June, 15.15 – ITN Source Showroom 4
Wed 11th June, 13.00 – Library Theatre
As editor of The Sunday Times for fourteen years, Sir Harold Evans proved to be the right man in the right place at the right time. In an investigative climate all too rare by today's standards, Evans had the freedom and resources to allow teams of journalists to work on long-term projects, including the exposure of Kim Philby as a Soviet spy. As Evans himself details in this stylish documentary, his longest and most hard fought campaign was for the victims of Thalidomide. Originally developed by the Germans in World War II to counter effect sarin gas, post-war the drug was blithely prescribed by British doctors as an antidote to morning sickness, leading to tens of thousands of children born with serious defects. The Sunday Times' fight to win compensation for their struggling families would take more than a decade, as Evans tenaciously pursued the drug companies through the English courts and beyond.
Director: Jolynn Minnaar | Producer: Dylan Voogt, Saskia Schiel, Stacey Keppler | Country: South Africa, United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 100 MINS
Tues 10th June, 18.00 – Showroom 2
Wed 11th June, 10.15 – Sheffield Library Theatre
Karoo, South Africa. As this sparsely populated region considers introducing shale gas drilling, film-maker Jolynn Minnaarat first keeps an open mind. After all, the community is impoverished, with very high unemployment and bleak prospects, and could do with a booming industry. Armed with nothing more than her inquisitive nature and a camera, she soon finds herself travelling to America, to the frontline of the fracking industry. What she discovers is a bleak landscape, where powerful energy companies have exploited the land, at a terrible cost to both the environment and the health of the local communities. It's a world where ill families are either desperate to talk, or bound by nondisclosure agreements that allow the companies to control a dangerous mythology. Minaar's journey into America's heart of darkness is an absorbing primer on the fracking industry -- and a necessary wake-up call to the rest of the world.
Director: Antonio Luca, Nicolas Molina | Producer: Francisco Herve | Country: Chile | Year: 2014 | Duration: 66 MINS
Wed 11th June, 12:15 - Showroom 2
Biologists and lovebirds Derek and Giorgia have a mission: to do something about the plague of beavers on Tierra del Fuego. In 1946, fifty beavers were introduced to the island off the tip of South America, in the hope they would lead to a fur trade. Without predators, the pesky creatures have thrived, and now evidence of their uninterrupted industriousness is everywhere -- elaborate dams, and gnawed trees being plentiful. In fact, they are completely changing the ecosystem of this island, killing the plants that shelter the penguins from the wind, and turning the island into grasslands. The locals, including the penguin keeper, are not happy about it, and wish Derek and Giorgia all the best. The trouble is, the beavers are rather good at eluding capture, working under the cover of night and disappearing in the day.
Director: Shirin Barghnavard, Nahid Razaei, Sahar Salahshoor, Sepideh Abtahi, Mina Keshavarz, Farhnaz Sharifi, Firouseh Khosrovani | Producer: Shirin Barghnavard, Nahid Razaei| Country: Iran | Year: 2014 | Duration: 80 MINS
Wed 11th June, 14.30 – Vimeo Showroom 2
In this absorbing film, seven independent woman Iranian documentary makers take us into their personal and professional world, in an Iran that continues to be punctured by political, social and economic crises. What becomes clear over seven autobiographical chapters, is that choosing to become a documentary maker in Iran is a brave decision, often placing your liberty in danger. These women are driven by the need to document their world, and the forces that continue to restrict their movement and freedom. Whether it is making a film about department stores in Tehran featuring mannequins with severed heads and breasts, or the women singers they used to love as children, who have been banned from radio and TV since the revolution, or the huge swell of hope that comes with each election, these directors provide a rare and incisive view inside contemporary Iran, a country they continue to love, even as they will it to change.
Director/Producer: Christopher Riley | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 60 MINS
Wed 11th June, 15.45 – Showroom 1
This is the story of one of the most extraordinary and audacious experiments in the history of science, which a visionary neuroscientist called John Lilly embarked on in the 1960s. His ambition was to build a communications bridge between humans and a little studied species of big-brained marine mammals called Tursiops Truncata – or the bottlenose dolphin; to teach them to speak English. The experiment was seized upon by NASA, who were embarking on the first search for extra-terrestrial intelligence beyond the Earth, and immediately saw the potential to practice communicating on the dolphins, before ET made contact. Backed with funding from NASA and other government agencies Lilly recruited a young female researcher called Margaret Howe to live with an adolescent male dolphin called Peter, in a specially built lab in the Caribbean. Over the summer of 1965 the pair began to co-habit in this domestic dolphinarium; with Margaret giving Peter daily English lessons. But what started with 60s idealism would spiral into the darkness of the decade, and end in a tragedy, mired in scandal and rumours about a sexual relationship between Peter and Margaret.
Love is All
Director: Kim Longinotto | Producer: Crossover and Lone Star Productions, Mark Atkin, Martin Rosenbaum | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 70 MINS
Wed 11th June, 18:00 – Chatsworth
Set to a stunning soundtrack by Richard Hawley, this new BBC NORTH, BBC STORYVILLE and BFI commission, produced by Crossover and Lone Star with BFI National Archive and Yorkshire Film Archive footage, Love is All takes us on a journey through the 20th-century, exploring of love and courtship on screen in a century of unprecedented social upheaval. From the very first kisses ever caught on film, through the disruption of war to the birth of youth culture, gay liberation and free love, we follow courting couples flirting at tea dances, kissing in the back of the movies, shacking up and fighting for the right to love. This is the celluloid story of love and courtship since the birth of the movie camera; told with spell binding footage from the British Film Institute archive.
Director/Producer: Jezza Neumann| Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 48 MINS
Thurs 12th June, 10:30 - Showroom 4
Over one and half million people in the UK had to turn to food banks last year, three times as many as in the previous year. Cara is 9 and lives with her gran in West London; Rosie is 8 and lives in Hull with her mum and sister; and Niomi is 14 and lives in Suffolk with her brother and her Dad. Through their eyes, and in their words we find out what it's like when there is just not enough food in cupboard; when choices have to be made to heat or eat; when loan companies hear you are struggling and start bombarding you; and when sudden illness means that a normal life vanishes overnight. From BAFTA winning film-maker, Jezza Neumann, this is compassionate and moving portrait of the life for the kids on Britain's breadlines.
Alasdair Gray: A Life in Progress
Director: Kevin Cameron | Producer: Kevin Cameron | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2013 | Duration: 94 MINS
Thurs 12th June, 17.15 – PBS America Showroom 3
It is little wonder that this film has been 15 years in the making. And it isn’t only because Alasdair Gray tends toward the scatty or freely associative, but because you would never want to part company with him. Following the Scottish artist’s streams of thought, his operatic descriptions, and sudden bursts of laughter, you start to believe that life can be looked at differently, lived more truly. Famous for his devotion to Glasgow as well as his “eccentricity” (which the poet Liz Lochhead succinctly debunks), he penned the ambitious, four-part Lanark in 1981, a literary classic based on his beloved hometown. In his 70s, Gray is still a tornado of socialist optimism who insists on getting a labourer’s hourly wage and pays his assistants the same. As BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Kevin Cameron traces a lifetime of talent and anxiety through his work, we see how he came to be Glasgow’s “little grey deity”.
Director/Producer: Lulia Stoain | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 30 MINS
Mon 9th June, 9.45– Odeon
During the Kosovo War thousands of Albanian women were held hostage by Serbian troops, tortured and forced to witness the execution of their husbands. According to the old law of Kanun war widows in Kosovo are forbidden to remarry, work or lead an independent life outside of their homes. Held back by tradition they are now fighting depression and poverty. In a small village of widows, counsellors are trying to convince the women that the healing journey can start right in their garden. All they need is a wooden box and a queen bee.
Inside the Mind of Colin Furze
Director/Producer: David Beazley | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 3 MINS
Mon 9th June, 15.30 – Odeon
Tearing about on the world’s fastest mobility scooter, Colin Furze has gained momentum as a record-breaking inventor. From the wall of death to the world’s fastest toilet, he transforms mundane objects with audacious abandon and brilliant humour.
Love Me Tender
Director/Producer: Tim Knights | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2014 | Duration: 28 MINS
Mon 9th June, 9.45 – Odeon
Three young men face the future with trepidation. One just out of jail, one becoming housed, and one adjusting to the separation from his girlfriend and their daughter. Loneliness, despondency and the threat of sliding into old habits looms over their tentative optimism.
Director/Producer: Max Good | Country: United States | Year: 2013 | Duration: 5 MINS
Mon 9th June, 15.30 – Odeon
Deadbeat musician Ed faces imminent death with dry wit, wisdom, and calm. The 16mm black and white film captures the soft glow from the light of the city as he rolls past each of his life expectancy estimates with unflinching cool.
Still Can’t Hear Her Mouth
Director: Derville Quigley | Producer: Derville Quigley | Country: United Kingdom | Year: 2013 | Duration: 10 MINS
Sat 7th June, 16.50 – Howard Street Screen
Sun 8th June, 15.30 – Odeon
+ showing daily at Peace Gardens and Howard Street Screen (see website for details)
Disappearing landmarks and distant memories remain adrift in the visions of these storytellers. From a brutal crime to experiences of young love, the impressions of these encounters linger in the liminal of the present from Sheffield to Northern Ireland and Budapest.