As ever, our 2018 programme of talks is full of fascinating speakers.
Highlights include the Channel 4 Interview with Guy Martin, in which he will discuss the highs, lows, twists and turns of his TV journey, and the BBC's interview with celebrated scholar Mary Beard, who will speak about her new book Women & Power: A Manifesto, already hailed as a modern feminist classic.
Small-screen royalty Sir Trevor McDonald will discuss his incredible work in non-fiction storytelling, while model and activist Munro Bergdorf will join us to discuss her work, her activism, and a new documentary What Makes a Woman (working title).
BAFTA-winning actor Vicky McClure will offer insite into her deeply personal new BBC series, Vicky McClure: My Dementia Choir, and filmmaker Mark Cousins will inspire us with new ways of looking at film.
In our Doc/Fest Exchange, entrepreneur Jamal Edwards – founder of SBTV – will inspire in an entirely different way as he discusses his remarkably successful career with comedian Jolyon Rubinstein.
Of course, we'll be in conversation with some incredible filmmaking talent as we sit down for masterclasses from Khalik Allah and Matthew Heineman, who will discuss their own inspirations, as well as their experiences of working in the film industry.
And we are delighted to welcome comedian, writer and activist Mark Thomas as this years Desert Island Docs guest.
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Sat 9 June / 12:00 / Netflix Netflix Crucible Studio
As both a high-profile activist and an international model, Munroe Bergdorf's experiences as a transgender woman remain the driving force behind her work. Voted 8th in Pride Power's Top 100 List 2017 Munroe uses her public platform to campaign for and support the trans community worldwide, and all those who define as 'women'. She joins us in conversation to discuss her work, her activism, and a new documentary What Makes a Woman (working title), currently in production with Antidote Productions for Channel 4.
Sun 10 June / 18:30 / Netflix Netflix Crucible Studio
Acclaimed filmmaker and author Mark Cousins works to reassess not only how we look at film, but how we can look at the world differently through the image world of a filmmaker. Join Mark for an intimate lecture exploring the aesthetics, politics and emotion of ‘looking’. Using 30 key cultural images, Mark will examine how our ‘looking selves’ develop, the ways that looking has changed through the centuries and explore how our social and cultural surroundings shape what we see.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with Mark.
Sun 10 June / 13:00 / Crucible Adelphi
Self-taught photographer and filmmaker, Khalik Allah's profoundly personal work has been described as "street opera"; visceral, haunting and honest. Having previously worked with Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep, Khalik's feature debut Field Niggas, garnered critical acclaim from the cultural press and his follow up Black Mother receives its UK premier at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Khalik will talk to film programmer Ashley Clark, about his work as an artist and the creation of a unique and daring film language and aesthetic.
Sat 9 June / 16:30 / Netflix Crucible Studio
Matthew Heineman, the BAFTA- and Oscar- nominated director, is one of the most exciting documentary filmmakers working today. His films City of Ghosts (awarded Doc/Fest’s Grand Jury Award 2017) and Cartel Land (awarded Doc/Fest’s Tim Hetherington Award 2015) offered searing comment on the fight against ISIS and the war on drugs. Doc/Fest welcomes Matthew back to Sheffield to discuss these films and his new documentary series The Trade depicting the US heroin epidemic, two episodes of which are screening at the Festival.
Tues 12 June / 18:00 / Sheffield City Hall Ballroom
The BBC and Doc/Fest are delighted to welcome Britain's best-known classicist to Sheffied. Mary's scholarly, yet accessible style has made her both a popular presenter and very public intellectual. In conversation with Charlotte Moore, Director of Content at the BBC, Mary will discuss her broadcasting career, which includes co-presenting a major new series of Civilisations, along with David Olusoga and Simon Schama, as well as her most recent book, Women & Power: A Manifesto, hailed as a modern feminist classic.
Sun 10 June / 13:00 / Exchange Dome, Tudor Square
Britain's hottest young entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, founded YouTube-based SBTV in 2006 with a self-recorded grainy rap battle. Now hailed as one of the most important digital youth culture platforms, SBTV boasts over 950,000 subscribers and 600+ million views and has launched the careers of countless UK grime and hip-hop artists. On a mission to break the stigma around mental illness, Jamal talks to Jolyon Rubinstein (The Revolusion Will Be Televised) about his influential career, his recent documentary exploring mental health and his future plans for SBTV and beyond.
This talk is free and open to all. No Ticket is required.
Art 50: Art in a Post Brexit Britain with Kirsty Wark
Mon 11 June / 14:30 / Netflix Crucible Studio
What will Britain look and feel like – both to Britons and to the rest of the world looking in– when it is no longer a member of the European Union? When Article 50 was triggered in March 2018, Sky Arts launched Art 50, in collaboration with The Barbican, Sage Gateshead, Baltic and Storyvault Films, inviting artists from all walks of life and art forms, to each create a piece of work examining post Brexit Britain. A number of the commissioned artists, including playwrite John Godber and writer Dreda Say Mitchell, join Newsnight's Kirsty Wark to discuss their projects and how they reveal ways we’re redefining ourselves.
Mon 11 June / 18:00 / Sheffield City Hall Ballroom
Sheffield Doc/Fest and Channel 4 welcome the Grimsby-born, TV adventurer, record breaker, motorcycle racer and lorry mechanic to the Festival for the first time. With inspirational documentaries, produced by North One, spanning world speed records, Formula 1 motor racing, the Wall of Death and his First World War tank build, the enigmatic Guy Martin is genuine and honest. However, he is known to shy away from the limelight; this will be a rare opportunity to hear first hand about Guy’s passion for engineering, big builds and the thrill of speed.
The talk will be BSL interpreted
Mon 11 June / 19:00 / Netflix Netflix Crucible Studio
We welcome BAFTA-winning actor Vicky McClure, star of This is England (produced by Sheffield based Warp Films), as well as Line of Duty and Broadchurch, to Sheffield Doc/Fest for the first time, to discuss her new BBC series, Vicky McClure: My Dementia Choir, produced by Curve, a deeply personal journey to discover the extent of music's power to fight dementia. For the series, Nottingham born Vicky, who has close personal experience of dementia through caring for her grandmother, joins forces with the University of Nottingham to form a unique choir for one unforgettable performance. Vicky will discuss the making of the programmes, her role with the Alzheimer's Society and the ambition to leave a lasting legacy in our understanding of how music therapy can help people with dementia.
Mon 11 June / 12:00 / Netflix Netflix Crucible Studio
Sir Trevor McDonald has spent five decades reporting and investigating some of the most troubling stories to be broadcast. Nevertheless, he was left so deeply affected by the making of his award-winning 2013 series Inside Death Row that he swore to "never, ever do another prison series". So what has caused him to change his mind? Following the impact of his ITV Death Row 2018, Sir Trevor discusses what drives to make some of the most moving, gripping and inspiring documentaries.
Mon 11 June / 16:00 / Exchange Dome on Tudor Square
Join host and co-creator of S-Town Brian Reed in conversation with Director/ Producer, Richard Miron (For the Birds) to explore the real life mysteries and strange tales that inspired their work. S-Town is a seven-episode documentary podcast from the makers of Serial and This American Life.
Sun 10 June / 15:00 / Sheffield City Hall Ballroom
One of the UK's best-known political performers, Mark has won awards for his stage and human rights work, including the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. His politically charged shows and writing challenge many diverse issues such as the arms trade, Coca-Cola and the Israeli Wall in the West Bank. His work has changed the law, kyboshed politicians' careers and has been performed across the world. Presented in collaboration with Off the Shelf and in conversation with Guardian journalist Simon Hattenstone, Mark will discuss the documentaries that have moved and inspired him throughout his life.
For the full programme of industry sessions available with your Festival Pass, please click here.
Recordings of the Talks from this and previous years are available on the Doc/Fest Youtube Channel.