Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square, developed with Wellcome, houses a series of daily talks inspired by ground-breaking Doc/Fest films and interactive and immersive storytelling. There's a fully licensed bar, in addition to a selection of street food curated by Sheffield's one and only Peddlar.
Films in focus include Out of Thin Air, which explores crime and false memory and Icarus, a study of sport and drugs and . Guests include legendary film editor Walter Murch (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), Award-winning filmmakers Daisy Asquith, Lana Wilson, and Yorkshire-born documentary maker, Francis Lee. Acclaimed Indian documentarian Anand Patwardhan, YouTube sensation Elijah Quashie aka ‘The Chicken Connoisseur’ and documentary mogul, Mette Hofmann Meyer share their stories.
Talks are free of charge and open to all.
About Last Night…Tune in to filmmakers and creatives as they discuss the previous day’s highlights
Digging Deeper…Get under the skin of key themes of some of the best Festival films and interactive projects
What’s Their Story? Hear from film and documentary luminaries from across the Doc/Fest universe and beyond
In Conversation…Chats with surprise special guests.
Schedule of Daily Talks:
Saturday 10 June
11:00 About Last Night… daily review including The Departure.
Charlie Phillips of The Guardian will be in conversation with Award-winning filmmaker, Lana Wilson, director of The Departure.
13:30 Digging Deeper… exploring ideas behind Queerama.
Acclaimed filmmaker Daisy Asquith is joined by Mike Nicholls, CampbellX and sexual dissidence historian Dr Lucy Robinson to explore the representation of gay rights and desires in TV and cinema.
16:00 What’s Their Story?... Elijah Quashie aka ‘The Chicken Connoisseur’.
YouTube sensation The Chicken Connoisseur discusses his hugely popular YouTube series The Pengest Munch and his future plans with BBC 1xtra presenter Mim Shaik.
18:00 In Conversation… with Walter Murch
In a career spanning more than 40 years and 3 Oscar wins, legendary film editor Walter Murch credits include The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation and The English Patient. Walter will discuss his own Doc/Fest highlights with Erinma Ochu.
Sunday 11 June
11:00 About Last Night… daily review including Brimstone & Glory
Beth Hewitt, Director of Nations and Regions Media Conference introduces Charlie Phillips of The Guardian in conversation with Viktor Jakovleski, director of Brimstone & Glory.
13:30 Digging Deeper… exploring ideas behind Out of Thin Air
Executive Producer Andy Glynne joins journalist and documentary producer Carol Nahra and psychologists Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall and Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall to delve into one of the strangest criminal investigations in Icelandic history.
16:30 What’s Their Story?... Francis Lee (filmmaker)
We are delighted to welcome Yorkshire-born filmmaker Francis Lee to the Doc/Fest Exchange, whose debut feature God’s Own Country stormed this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and whose documentary The Last Smallholder premiered at Doc/Fest 2014.
18:00 In Conversation… with a surprise guest
Monday 12 June
11:00 About Last Night… daily review including Strong Island
Join cultural observer and poet Naana Orleans Amissah in conversation with Yance Ford, director of Strong Island.
13:30 Digging Deeper… exploring ideas behind Motherland
Delve deeper into themes related to Motherland, a film at the heart of the planet's busiest maternity hospital, with Dr Elspeth Whitby, a senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield’s Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine.
16:00 What’s Their Story?... Anand Patwardan (Doc/Fest Grand Juror)
Acclaimed Indian filmmaker, activist and Doc/Fest Grand Juror Anand Patwardan, has fought and won many battles to screen his essential documentaries. He will discuss both his own work and his Doc/Fest highlights
18:00 In Conversation...with H is for Hawk author Helen MacDonald
Join best selling author Helen MacDonald (H is for Hawk), director/producer Mike Birkhead and Head of Natural History and Specialist Factual at the BBC Tom McDonald to discuss the making of H is for Hawk: a New Chapter, a film made for the BBC & PBS that explores the next chapter in Helen's personal journey of training a goshawk.
Tuesday 13 June
11:00 About Last Night… daily review including Freedom for the Wolf
Join Rajesh Thind, filmmaker and writer, in conversation with Rupert Russell, sociologist and director of Freedom for the Wolf.
13:30 Digging Deeper… exploring ideas behind Icarus
Join journalist and documentary producer Carol Nahra to delve deeper into the politics behind doping in sport with drug testing expert Dr Tom Bassindale and bioethicist and future media expert Professor Andy Miah.
16:00 What’s Their Story?… Mette Hofmann Meyer (Executive Producer at The Why Foundation)
Join Charlie Phillips of The Guardian to explore why The Why matters with documentary mogul, Mette Hofmann Meyer.
18:00 In Conversation… with a surprise guest
Wednesday 14 June
11:00 About Last Night… Doc/Fest Awards round up...
including the Illuminate Award with Doc/Fest Juror Sophie Monks Kaufman, Contributing Editor of Little White Lies.
13:30 Digging Deeper… exploring ideas behind Alternate Realities
Join actor, writer and producer, David Proud, in conversation with future media expert Professor Andy Miah to examine the philosophy and potential behind ground-breaking interactive and virtual reality projects from Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities Exhibition.
16:00 What’s Their Story?... with a surprise guest