The BBC Interview: A Conversation with Reggie Yates

Broadcaster, actor, writer and director, Reggie is one of TV's most exciting talents. His recent documentaries for BBC Three – perceptive, thoughtful explorations of important issues – take in some of the world’s most divided societies. Reggie discussed his career so far and shared insights into future projects and ambitions. 

A recording of Reggie's talk will be available on the Doc/Fest Youtube channel soon



Sir David Attenborough in Conversation

Sheffield Doc/Fest was absolutely thrilled to welcome world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough to the 2016 Festival. Long established as the world’s leading natural history documentarian and presenter, Sir David’s long and celebrated career has also included the highest-level work off screen, as Controller of BBC2, and Director of Programmes across the BBC. He has been responsible for commissioning many innovative titles over the years, including the 13 part documentary television series The Ascent of Man. In 1966 he oversaw the introduction of colour television to Britain and in 1969 was responsible for clearing the BBC schedule for the moon landing. Sir David discussed his long and illustrious career with Charlotte Moore, Controller of Channels and iPlayer for the BBC.

A recording of the talk is now available on the Doc/Fest Youtube Channel

Professor Green: Documentaries and Me

Professor Green

Professor Green, Stephen Manderson to his friends, came to the 2016 Festival to talk about his documentaries made for BBC Three –  intense personal portraits of difficult subjects including male suicide and homelessness.

A recording of Stephen's talk will be available on the Doc/Fest Youtube channel soon.

D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus in Conversation with Francine Stock

DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus

Talking to BBC Radio 4 Film Programme presenter Francine Stock, renowned filmmakers and Academy Award-winners D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus discussed their latest film Unlocking the Cage, as well as looking back over a body of work spanning 40 years. 

A recording of this talk is available on the Doc/Fest Youtube channel now.

BBC Storyville


The Absolutely Adventurous Joanna Lumley in Conversation

 Joanna Lumley

Doc/Fest and ITV were thrilled to welcome a true legend to the 2016 Festival: Joanna Lumley OBE. Her documentary work has included epic journeys to discover diverse cultures and continents and intimate portraits of pop icons. This was a rare opportunity to hear her discuss her experiences on films as well her future documentary work.

A recording of Joanna's talk will be available on the Doc/Fest Youtube channel soon.



The Channel 4 Interview: Michael Moore

Michael Moore

Sheffield Doc/Fest and Channel 4 welcomed Oscar-winning director Michael Moore back to Sheffield in 2016, 18 years after his first visit. Voted one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” by Time Magazine, he is widely regarded as one of the most important filmmakers working in documentary. Michael discussed his new film, Where to Invade Next, and looked back over his hugely successful career.

A recording of Michael's talk will be available on the Doc/Fest Youtube channel soon.

Channel 4


Ronnie O’Sullivan in Conversation

Ronnie O'Sullivan

The maverick and phenomenally gifted snooker player Ronnie the Rocket, who has won five World Championship titles at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, talked with Guardian journalist Simon Hattenstone about the documentaries that have inspired him throughout his life and snooker career.

 A recording of Ronnie's talk is available on the Doc/Fest Youtube channel now.


Freddie Flintoff & Robert Penn Talk Chips & Docs

Freddie Flintoff

Cricketing legend Freddie Flintoff, along with journalist and co-presenter Robert Penn, talked to comedian Mark Dolan about their Sky 1 series Flintoff: Lord of the Fries and the upcoming Freddie Fries Again. They discussed the making of the series that saw them travelling the UK in their fish and chip van, and share moments from their recent trip to Australia to film Freddie Down Under.

A recording of Freddie and Robert's talk will be available on the Doc/Fest Youtube channel soon.



Shane Meadows and Mark Herbert in Conversation

Sheffield Doc/Fest were delighted to welcome close friends and long-term collaborators, acclaimed, award-winning writer and filmmaker Shane Meadows and producer and CEO Mark Herbert of award-winning Sheffield-based indie Warp Films (Dead Man’s Shoes (2004,This is England (2006 to 2015)), and music documentary The Stone Roses: Made of Stone(2013), for an informal conversation at the Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square. They discussed Shane’s mentoring of three emerging Nottingham based filmmakers through the process of making their first mockumentary series, his own future plans, and Mark’s current and future factual plans at Warp Films.

A recording of Freddie and Robert's talk will be available on the Doc/Fest Youtube channel soon.


Our BBC, Our Channel 4: A Future for Public Service TV?

Bars and Tones

As the BBC Charter Renewal moved into its final stages and the possible privatisation of Channel 4 currently on the government's agenda, the future of these public cultural institutions is currently in doubt. A distinguished panel of speakers including Lord Puttnam, Hugh Narris (DCMS), Ralph Lee (Channel 4), Alison Kirkham (BBC) and Jane Martinson (The Guardian) debated the issues facing public service television in the UK.

A recording of this talk is available on the Doc/Fest Youtube channel now.

Sheffield Hallam University University of Sheffield


Adam Buxton Presents a BUG Special: David Bowie

Adam Buxton

Ground control to Major Tom: the BFI’s sell-out music video show returned to Doc/Fest 2016 for a Bowie extravaganza. Hosted by comedian Adam Buxton, this is his love letter to the Thin White Duke, originally created to coincide with the V&A’s ‘David Bowie is Making a Scene’ and Buxton’s own BBC6 music documentary on the pop icon.