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2017 Talks Highlights

Stacey Dooley Talks...

The popular documentarian and journalist, Stacey Dooley returns to Sheffield Doc/Fest to discuss the art of uncovering surprising and shocking stories. At the heart of Stacey’s documentaries lies her passion for investigating social, economical and cultural issues affecting young people around the world. Stacy will talk about her career, her campaigns against child labour and her latest slate of docs for BBC3.



Oliviero Toscani: The Master of Photography
Oliviero Toscani, world renowned Italian photographer, is best-known for designing controversial advertising campaigns for the Italian brand Benetton. As one of the judges for the Sky Arts series Master of Photography, Oliviero comes to Doc/Fest to talk about the latest in the series, dissect in detail a number of the winning pieces, and discuss the synergies between photography and film. 


Elijah Quashie aka ‘The Chicken Connoisseur’ in The Doc/Fest Exchange
YouTube sensation The Chicken Connoisseur discusses his hugely popular YouTube series The Pengest Munch and his future plans with BBC 1xtra presenter Mim Shaik.




Olly Alexander talks Documentary
Doc/fest are thrilled to welcome Olly Alexander, frontman of the British electronica trio Years and Years to the Festival to discuss the making of his first documentary 'Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay’ (working title). The film screens on BBC3 in July as part of the BBC's Gay Britannia season marking the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 that partially decriminalised homosexual acts in England and Wales. In the documentary, Olly explores why the gay community is more vulnerable to mental health issues, as he opens up about his own long-term battles with depression. The film is being produced by Antidote Productions, the company behind the critically acclaimed Professor Green: Suicide and Me for BBC Three.


Alternate Realities Summit 2017
The Alternate Realities Summit returns to Sheffield Doc/Fest on Sunday 11 June 2017. Join the world’s leading interactive and immersive storytellers to discover how they use the latest technology to examine who we are. Covering games to graphic novels, virtual reality to augmented reality, this day of engaging panels and playful presentations promises to inform and inspire. Speakers include Google’s Jessica Brillhart and design studio Marshmallow Laser Feast. 


The BBC Interview: Louis Theroux meets Nick Broomfield
In a career spanning more than four decades, Nick Broomfield is one of the most influential documentary makers of our time. Having initially carved his name in hard hitting observational fare, when Driving me Crazy went awry in 1988 Nick decided to place himself in the story, going on to make a number of acclaimed films including Biggie and Tupac, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of A Serial Killer and Kurt & Courtney. He returns to Doc/Fest with the much anticipated Whitney ‘Can I Be Me’. Louis Theroux, himself no stranger to being centre of the action, will interview Nick in what promises to be a highlight of this year’s festival.


Sir Lenny Henry in Conversation with June Sarpong MBE
Doc/Fest and Sky are delighted to welcome Sir Lenny Henry to Sheffield. The comedian and actor will discuss his game-changing career and his drive to make change in the fields of arts, diversity and to tackle poverty through the charity Comic Relief. Including a discussion about his passion for blues music, Sir Lenny will talk to broadcaster June Sarpong about his documentary work for Sky Arts and the best ways to campaign for change through the media and through humour.



Peter Greenaway CBE: Where Next for Storytelling?
Acclaimed director and artist Peter Greenaway CBE is widely regarded as
one of the most important innovators of our time. His work stretches back to the 1960s and includes the feature The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, and the multimedia project The Tulse Luper Suitcases. Peter comes to Doc/Fest to discuss his work – including his documentary about the life of the German theologian Martin Luther, marking 500 years since the Reformation – and explore the forms that art takes when responding to social and political change.  


H is for Hawk author Helen MacDonald in conversation in the Doc/Fest Exchange
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: The Next Chapter, a film for BBC/PBS that explores the next chapter in Helen's personal journey of training a goshawk. 




Charles Hazlewood: Exploring My Own Beatles Black Album
A passionate advocate for a wider audience for orchestral music, conductor Charles Hazlewood has worked with musicians including Wyclef Jean, Professor Green, Goldie, and Nigel Kennedy, and was the rst conductor to headline with an orchestra at Glastonbury Festival. In his revealing documentary for Sky, Charles Hazlewood: My Own Beatles Black Album, Charles examines the breakup of the world’s greatest pop group by examining the ‘Fab Four’s’ solo work, and curating his own Beatles’ “Black Album”. Charles will discuss making the documentary, along with clips and musical accompaniment. 


The Real Full Monty... with Alexander Armstrong & Ashley Banjo
For the 20th anniversary of The Full Monty, the legendary iconic Sheffield based film, ITV have commissioned The Real Full Monty, which follows a cast of celebrities as they prepare to perform their own ‘Full Monty’, to raise awareness of men’s cancers. Join presenters Alexander Armstrong and Ashley Banjo, along with members of the cast and crew for a special preview screening of the ITV film, parts of which were filmed at the Shiregreen working men’s club in Sheffield as featured in the original Full Monty film. A talk with both Alex and Ashley will follow the screening.



Doc/Question Time: Is the media failing to reflect the opinions of the people?
A distinguished panel from the world of film, media and politics discuss the rise of populism, ‘echo chambers’ and question how open we all are to contrary points of view in today’s media. This session will be an opportunity to make your voice heard and contribute to a conversation on one of the biggest editorial issues affecting audiences in the UK and beyond.



Ian Hislop & Jolyon Rubinstein: Post-truth & Satire
Ian Hislop, the editor of the satirical news magazine Private Eye and team captain on Have I Got News for You comes to Sheffield Doc/Fest for the rst time. In conversation with the BAFTA-winning actor and satirist Jolyon Rubinstein (The Revolution Will Be Televised, Revolting), Ian will explore the role that satire plays in documenting our world and getting to the truth, and how the medium re ects a political landscape that includes living, breathing caricatures. 


Bruce Parry: From the Forests of Borneo to the Isle of Skye, with Katie Puckrick
Explorer and BAFTA-winner Bruce Parry returns to Sheffield to discuss his new feature length documentary Tawai – A Voice from the Forest, in which he returns to reconnect with the tribes from his BBC adventures and is due for release in cinemas this Autumn. The film is the result of 4 years’ work by Bruce who went travelled across India, Malaysia and the Amazon and sees him go back to visit the Penan of Borneo who have led Bruce to re-evaluate his views on human nature. Bruce will talk to journalist and presenter Katie Puckrik about the making of this ground-breaking film and explore how humankind relates to the natural world.