We hope everyone is staying healthy and sane in these trying times. In the spirit of togetherness we have put together a list of Sheffield Doc/Fest films you can watch. We’ll keep adding to it as filmmakers continue making films available to audiences online. 

99 problems by Ross Killeen, produced by Louise Byrne (Ireland 2018) / UK Premiere

The inside scoop on the murky world of the ice-cream business. Through the eyes of Pinky, the self-declared 'king of the ice-cream men', we're taken into this unregulated industry.

Watch on Mailchimp Presents.

A Bigger Splash (New Restoration)  by Jack Hazan, produced by Buzzy Enterprises (UK 1974) / European Premiere

When David Hockney's beautiful lover, Peter Schlesinger, breaks up with him, it leaves David a complete emotional wreck. This unique docudrama presents a semi-fictionalised account of the story behind A Bigger Splash.

Watch on Chili.

A Dog Called Money by Seamus Murphy, produced by Isabel Davis, Katie Holly, Seamus Murphy, James Wilson (Ireland, UK 2019) / UK Premiere

Award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy has made a film that investigates the creative process behind his project with PJ Harvey. While tracing the sources of songs and detailing the journey of their birth, he brings to life the people and places at their very heart.

Watch on Amazon.

American Factory by Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar, produced by Jeff Reichert , Julie Parker Benello (USA 2019) / UK Premiere

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

Watch on Netflix.

Apollo 11 by Todd Douglas Miller, produced by Todd Douglas Miller, Thomas Petersen, Evam Krauss (USA 2019) 

Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Watch on Netflix.

Danny by Aaron Zeghers, Lewis Bennett, produced by Aaron Zeghers (Canada 2019) / European Premiere

After being diagnosed with leukemia in 1993, Danny picks up a camcorder and begins to create a film, with himself as the central character. The lo-fi Vancouver cityscape reflects back an alienated existentialism as Danny grapples with his personal demons, spurred on in the face of his own mortality. Danny - as himself - is impressive, funny, and intelligent enough to have built his own sailboat, but also neurotic and full of regret. What comes forth is a sometimes-hilarious, sometimes-heartbreaking found footage documentary about disease, mental illness, manhood, and the meaning of life.

Watch on Vimeo. 

Diego Maradona by Asif Kapadia, produced by James Gay-Rees, Paul Martin (UK 2019) / UK Premiere

Having never won a major tournament, SSC Napoli had always underachieved. But when Diego Maradona arrived in 1984, all hell broke loose. In a city where the devil would have needed bodyguards, Maradona became bigger than God himself. This is the wild and unforgettable story of a God-given talent, glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption and ultimately redemption.

Watch on All 4.

Disconnected by Alice Aedy, produced by Jack Harries , Archie Pearch (UK 2019) / World Premiere

The present appears to be a sci-fi dystopia. Against visions of British cities and faces illuminated by smartphones, anonymous voicemails from young people are left for the Minister for Loneliness.

Watch on The Atlantic website.

For Sama by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts, produced by Waad al-Kateab (Syria, UK 2019) / UK Premiere

Told as a message from a young Syrian mother Waad al-Kateab to her daughter, For Sama traces Waad’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth while catastrophic conflict rises around her. An intimate, visceral documentary about the female experience of war, Waad’s camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as she wrestles with an impossible choice – whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

Watch on All 4.

Ghosts of Sugar Land by Bassam Tariq, produced by Bassam Tariq, Farihah Zaman (USA 2019) / European Premiere

In Sugar Land, Texas, a group of young Muslim-American men ponder the disappearance of their friend “Mark,” who is suspected of joining ISIS.

Watch on Netflix.

Hail Satan? by Penny Lane, produced by Gabriel Sedgwick (USA 2019) 

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humour, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.

Watch on Netflix.

Honeyland by Kotevska Tamara, Ljubomir Stefanov, produced by Atanas Georgiev (Trice Films), Ljubomir Stefanov (Macedonia 2019)

In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something woman, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently maneuvers the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back at her homestead, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares.One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze’s peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back—not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But soon Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.

Watch on Amazon.

Hunting For Hedonia by Pernille Rose Grønkjær, produced by Sigrid Dyekjær (Denmark 2019) / UK Premiere

What if there was a place deep in the brain that can take you from pain to pleasure? What if tiny pulsing electrodes in your head could change your mind? Hunting for Hedonia will examine and elucidate future growth in the use of so-called 'deep brain stimulation'. With permanent electrodes in selected areas of the brain scientists have begun to correct abnormal activity and thereby normalize various psychiatric conditions. This way the method provokes the fundamental question of what is normal and how much we want our psyche and our mental characteristics manipulated.

Watch on Amazon Prime.

Knock Down The House by Rachel Lears, produced by Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick, Sarah Olson (USA 2019)

A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner's daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates to challenge powerful incumbents in Congress. One of their races will become the most shocking political upsets in recent American history.

Watch on Netflix.

Midnight Family by Luke Lorentzen, produced by Kellen Quinn, Luke Lorentzen, Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes (USA 2019) / UK Premiere

Public ambulances are scarce in Mexico City. The employment-crisis offers few alternatives, so the Ochoa family spend most nights in their private ambulance listening for emergency signals, up against corrupt police and competing rescue squads. Under the lurid city lights, they race other vehicles to the scene, with the aim of delivering casualties to private hospitals – regardless of proximity.

Watch on Amazon.

Midnight Traveler by Hassan Fazili, produced by Old Chilly Pictures (Afghanistan 2019) / UK Premiere

After receiving a Taliban death sentence, Afghan filmmaker Hassan Fazili decides to get his family to safety in Western Europe. Staying one step ahead of aggressive smugglers and right-wing nationalists, Hassan, his wife and two daughters capture their dramatic journey on mobile phones, pausing occasionally to contemplate the wonder and natural beauty all around them.

Watch on Amazon.

On The President's Orders by James Jones, Olivier Sarbil, produced by Dan Edge , Raney Aronson-Rath (UK, France 2019) / UK Premiere

Shot like a Hollywood thriller, this visceral exposé lays bare the deadly heart of darkness behind Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte's single-minded war on drugs. A powerful indictment focusing on the individuals caught up in the senseless crossfire, from a brutal, cross-carrying police chief to a whisky-sipping mortician patiently waiting for the next victim to arrive.

Watch on YouTube.

Seahorse by Jeanie Finlay, produced by Andrea Cornwell, Jeanie Finlay (UK 2019) / European Premiere

Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family but this poses unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but he was unprepared for the reality of pregnancy, both physically and challenging society's fundamental understanding of gender & family. To him what feels pragmatic, to others feels confronting; this wasn't part of his plan. Against a backdrop of hostility towards trans people, he is forced to confront his naivety. Made with unprecedented access & collaboration, it’s an audacious & lyrical story about what makes us who we are.

Watch on Vimeo On Demand.

Tattooed Tears (40th Anniversary) by Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill, produced by Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill (USA 1979) 

The California Youth Authority was created in 1941 ''to replace retributive punishment with treatment and rehabilitation''. Tattooed Tears, celebrating the 40th year since its original release, is an intimate, hands on encounter with a maximum security juvenile correctional facility in Chino, California. The film becomes a 13–week odyssey into hell, charting with great compassion many young men’s struggle for survival in a brutal environment.

Watch on Amazon Prime.

The Amazing Jonathan Documentary by Ben Berman, produced by Miranda Bailey, Ben Berman, Russell Groves, Amanda Marshall, Jacob Perlin (USA 2019) / European Premiere

In 2014 the subversive magician John Edward Szeles AKA Amazing Johnathan was given a year to live, but lives on. Ben Berman embarks on making a film about him but it becomes trickier than anticipated. With familiar faces such as Weird Al Yancovic and Eric Andre joining this hall of mirrors, this is an incredibly entertaining documentary, full of twists.

Watch on Chili.

The Brink by Alison Klayman, produced by Marie Therese Guirgis (USA 2019) 

Follow Trump's former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, elucidating his efforts to mobilise and unify far-right parties to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliament elections.

Watch on Chili.

The Edge Of Democracy by Petra Costa, produced by Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris, Tiago Pavan (Brazil 2019) / UK Premiere / MeetMarket 2017

A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis - the personal and political fuse to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. Combining unprecedented access to leaders past and present, including Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva, with accounts of her own family's complex political and industrial past, filmmaker Petra Costa (ELENA) witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains.

Watch on Netflix.

The Great Hack by Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim, produced by Judy Korin, Pedro Kos, Karim Amer, Geralyn Dreyfous (USA, UK 2019) / European Premiere

From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.

Watch on Netflix.

Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl by Amy Goldstein, produced by Anouchka van Riel , Amy Goldstein (USA 2018) / UK Premiere

A broken foot was the catalyst for Nando’s employee Kate Nash to kick-start her music career; her success was meteoric. With frank video-diaries – a format echoing former criticisms of her style - Nash shares her journey and the unhealthy expectations of women perpetuated by the media. From pop to wrestling, Nash has come a long way, and she isn’t compromising.

Watch on BBC iPlayer.

Watergate by Charles Ferguson, produced by Charles Ferguson (USA 2018) / UK Premiere

From Academy Award® -winning director Charles Ferguson, comes the full story of the conspiracy led by President Nixon and his White House staff and how they were brought to justice. New interviews with journalists, Nixon administration officials, members of congress, prosecutors with archival footage and information from the Nixon White House tapes bring a fresh perspective on the Watergate case.

Watch on Chili.

XY Chelsea by Tim Travers Hawkins, produced by Julia Nottingham , Lucas Ochoa , Thomas Benski , Isabel Davis (UK, USA 2019) 

In 2010, Chelsea Manning uploaded thousands of documents to WikiLeaks revealing U.S soldiers targeting civilians in Iraq. Obama’s last act in office was to free her from a lifetime prison sentence. XY Chelsea follows Manning’s release in 2017; her complicated adjustment to an unexpected freedom and public obligations, and the impact of the past and present on her journey ahead.

Watch on Chili.

Unrest by Jennifer Breal, produced by Jennifer Breal, Lindsey Dryden, Patricia E. Gillespie, Alysa Nahmias, Deborah Hoffmann (USA 2017) / MeetMarket 2017

Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself to document her devastating symptoms. Searching for answers, Jennifer discovers a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Together, Jen and her new husband, Omar, must find a way to build a life and fight for a cure.

Watch on Vimeo On Demand.

One Child Nation by Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, produced by Christoph Jörg, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn (China, USA 2019) / UK Premiere / MeetMarket 2017

In order to expose rampant human-rights abuses, filmmaker Nanfu Wang fearlessly confronted Chinese government agents in her 2016 Sundance Film Festival documentary, Hooligan Sparrow. Her goal in One Child Nation is no less daunting: unmask the tightly held secrets of China’s one-child policy and, in so doing, free the voices of millions irreparably harmed by the practice. For Wang, now a first-time mother, investigating the policy of forcibly restricting family size spawns traumatic recollections from her own family’s recent past. These stories, in turn, unleash a dizzying number of revelations from journalists, officials, parents, and activists about the widespread enforcement of sterilization, child abandonment, and state-sponsored kidnappings. With chilling clarity, Wang’s new documentary reveals how relentless propaganda brainwashed and terrorized countless Chinese citizens into committing unspeakable crimes against fellow villagers and family members. Through interviews with both victims and instigators, along with revelatory data regarding the sheer number of abandoned children (nearly all of them infant girls), One Child Nation breaks open decades of silence on a vast, unprecedented social experiment that shaped—and destroyed—countless lives.

Watch on Amazon.

The Eyes of Orson Welles by Mark Cousins, produced by Mary Bell, Adam Dawtrey (UK 2018) / UK Premiere / MeetMarket 2017

With exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, Mark Cousins dives into the world of the legendary man to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen - through Welles’ own eyes. He vividly brings to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, exploring his genius in the age of Trump.

Watch on Amazon

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid by Feargal Ward, produced by Luke McManus (Ireland, Germany 2017) / UK Premiere / MeetMarket 2017

In The Lonely Battle Of Thomas Reid we find Thomas, the Irish farmer living on the fringes of mainstream society. Beyond the walls of his 17th century farm looms a vast American factory - vital to the national economy but an unsettling presence. Thomas does not welcome the State agents who come to forcibly purchase his house and lands. He vows to resist.

Watch on Amazon.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution by Stanley Nelson Jr., produced by Laurens Grant, Stanley Nelson Jr. (USA 2015) / MeetMarket 2014

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

Watch on My5.

The Silence of Others by Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar, produced by Robert Bahar, Almudena Carracedo (Spain, USA 2018) / UK Premiere / MeetMarket 2015

The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows victims and survivors as they organize the groundbreaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still divided four decades into democracy.

Watch on BBC iPlayer.

The World According to John Irving by André Schafer, produced by George Roy Hill (Germany 2012) / MeetMarket 2010

When reading John Irving, you get the feeling that you are sitting at a table and one of the characters is handing you a glass of wine: Irving is one of the world’s most read writers: More than 10 million copies of his 12 novels have been sold in 30 languages. In 2012 Irving celebrated his 70th birthday. The film visualises the elation in Irving’s novels, a factor which makes him a literary figure of global format: a reality available for everyone, approachable though closely knitted and inhabited by characters and inventions boasting an exuberant lust for storytelling.

Available on Amazon.

A Whole Lott More by Victor Buhler, produced by Victor Buhler, Mike Lerner (UK 2014) / MeetMarket 2010

Around eight million people in America have a developmental disability.  Those who work often find jobs in ‘workplaces’ - coalitions of businesses and social service agencies that traditionally provide manufacturing jobs.  In Toledo, Ohio, there is Lott Industries. For decades Lott Industries competed successfully for auto industry contracts, employing 1200 workers with disabilities. With the collapse of the local auto industry in neighboring Detroit, Lott has struggled to keep its doors open.

A Whole Lott More looks at the impact of Lott’s struggles and examines the wider world of employment options for people with disabilities.  Our documentary focuses on three unforgettable individuals – each with a different attitude towards work and each with a different disability.  The film showcases their incredible resilience and makes the case for greater employment opportunities for all.

Available on Vimeo On Demand.

Plastic China by Jiuliang Wang, produced by Ruby Chen (China, 2016) / MeetMarket 2014

Plastic China’s main character Yi-Jie is an unschooled 11-year-old girl whose family works and lives in a typical plastic waste household-recycling workshop. As much as her life is poor and distorted, she’s a truly global child who learns the outside world from the waste workshop that her family lives in and works in - also known as the "United Nations of Plastic Wastes".  She lives her happiness and sorrows amongst the waste, as well. Small packs of discarded instant black powder tells her the bitter taste of coffee"; the English children’s learning cards teach her words like "summer" and "father’s day"; and broken Barbie dolls are her best friends to talk to. This is her world.

Watch on Vimeo On Demand

América by Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside, produced by Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside (USA 2018) / UK Premiere

Diego, a young circus artist, must return home and reunite with his brothers after their ninety-three-year-old grandmother, América, falls from her bed, causing their father to be jailed under accusation of elder neglect. Diego is a dreamer who sees poetry and purpose in this tragedy. He believes América, despite her immobility and advanced dementia, fell wilfully, to bring the separated family back together.

Watch on Chili.

Black Mother by Khalik Allah, produced by Khalik Allah, Leah Giblin (USA 2018) / UK Premiere

In this utterly original film, celebrated American photographer Khalik Allah weaves the voices of Jamaica - the prostitutes, faith healers and old timers - into a mesmerising tapestry. Shooting through a singular lens, Allah creates a wondrous mosaic reflecting the natural, spiritual and cultural fabric of contemporary Jamaica in all its glory.

Watch on Chili

Black Sheep by Ed Perkins, produced by Simon Chinn (UK 2017) / European Premiere

Cornelius' family departed London following Damilola Taylor's murder. Non-actors reconstruct Cornelius' memories of the chilling racist violence he subsequently faced, and the extreme measures he took for survival.

Watch on Amazon

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes by Sophie Huber, produced by Susanne Guggenberger, Chiemi Karasawa, Hercli Bundi, Sophie Huber (Switzerland, USA 2018) / European Premiere

The film explores the vision behind the iconic American jazz record label. Through current recording sessions, rare archive and conversations with iconic Blue Note artists, the film reveals an intimate perspective of a legacy that continues to be vital in today’s political climate. Legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter come together with today’s generation of ground-breaking Blue Note artists such as Robert Glasper and Ambrose Akinmusire to record an All-Stars album.

Watch on Amazon

Female Human Animal by Josh Appignanesi, produced by Jacqui Davies (UK 2018) / European Premiere

Shot in the real-life contemporary art world, Female Human Animal is a psychothriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life and “modern men” have to offer her. When writer Chloe Aridjis curates an inspiring retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington, an elusive, brooding man appears, seeming to offer more. A darkly romantic docufiction that puts on screen the lurid unconscious of our new sexual politics.

Watch on BFI Player

For the Birds by Richard Miron, produced by Richard Miron, Jeffrey Star, Holly Meehl (USA 2018) / World Premiere

A woman’s love for her pet ducks and chickens - all 200 of them - begins to threaten her marriage and draw attention from local animal rescuers. As an escalating custody battle unfolds in vérité, an unlikely cast of characters finds their own fates intertwined with the fate of these birds.

Watch on Netflix.

Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield, produced by Frank Evers (USA 2018)

Lauren Greenfield's postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture. Simultaneously personal journey and historical essay, the film bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream, and the human costs of late stage capitalism, narcissism, and greed.

Watch on BFI Player.

Have You Seen The Listers? by Eddie Martin, produced by Sarah Shaw, Eddie Martin (Autralia 2017) / UK Premiere

From All This Mayhem director Eddie Martin comes the exciting story of the Lister family in Have You Seen the Listers? Anthony Lister sets out to become the world's greatest street artist which takes him from his home in Australia to New York and across the world. With unbelievable home footage capturing the highs and lows of family life, this is a touching, funny, and one-of-a-kind family portrait.

Watch on Netflix.

I, Dolours by Maurice Sweeney, produced by Nuala Cunningham, Ed Moloney, Paul Myler (Ireland 2017) / European Premiere

Intense cinematic portrait of Dolours Price, one time IRA radical terrorist and hunger striker, who gave a lengthy interview shortly before her death at the age of 61. Set against her haunting testimonial are vivid fictional re-enactments masterfully interspersed with searing doc footage. Ultimately Price's turbulent life mirrors the violent, complex history of Northern Ireland's long civil conflict.

Watch on Chili

McQueen by Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui, produced by Andee Ryder, Nick Taussig, Paul Van Carter (UK, USA 2017)

"Lee" Alexander McQueen’s rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale laced with the gothic. An unremarkable working-class boy from East London, he harnessed his demons and went on to become a global one-man fashion brand. This film is an intimate revelation of McQueen’s own world, which celebrates a radical and mesmerising genius of profound influence.

Watch on Netflix.