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As ever, our 2018 programme of talks was full of fascinating speakers.

Highlights included the Channel 4 Interview with Guy Martin, in which he discussed the highs, lows, twists and turns of his TV journey, and the BBC's interview with celebrated scholar Mary Beard, who spoke about her celebrated broadcasting career and her book Women & Power: A Manifesto, already hailed as a modern feminist classic. 

Small-screen royalty Sir Trevor McDonald discussed his incredible work in non-fiction storytelling, while model and activist Munro Bergdorf joined us to discuss her work, her activism, and Channel 4 documentary What Makes a Woman

BAFTA-winning actor Vicky McClure offered insite into her deeply personal new BBC series, Vicky McClure: My Dementia Choir, and filmmaker Mark Cousins inspired us with new ways of looking at film. 

In the Doc/Fest Exchange, entrepreneur Jamal Edwards – founder of SBTV – inspired in an entirely different way as he discussed his remarkably successful career with comedian Jolyon Rubinstein and former political aide and mental health campaigner Alastair Campbell talked about his new BBC documentary Alastair Campbell: Depression and Me.

And of course the programme included conversation with some incredible filmmaking talent including Khalik Allah and Matthew Heineman, who discussed their own inspirations, as well as their experiences of working in the film industry.

Finally we were delighted to welcome comedian, writer and activist Mark Thomas as this years Desert Island Docs guest, who discussed the films that have inspired him. 

Recordings of many of these talks, along with others from previous years, are available on the Doc/Fest YouTube channel.  

The 2019 Festival programme will be announced in May 2019.