(Image: Sisters With Transistors by Lisa Rovner)

Today we launch the third of our series of Autumn weekenders: Rhyme & Rhythm

Screenings will take place Friday 30 October - Sunday 1 November at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, while most titles can also be seen in parallel on Doc/Player, for Digital Industry Passholders, and on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects, for UK public, until Thursday 12 November. 

Rhyme & Rhythm

Film has a rich tradition of incorporating and interacting with other practices and it is within this Rhyme & Rhythm strand where cinema and other art forms meet. Through performance – traditional and contemporary dance, and theatre; photography; and music – classical, electronic, gypsy folk, and post-punk.

Each film offers one artistic expression within another and spotlights the work of each artist:

Margarita Fernandez by Edgardo Cozarinsky, Brigitte Lacombe by Lynne Ramsay, Oona Doherty by Cara Holmes, Jérôme Bel by Jérôme Bel.

Art is also a form of resistance and the majority of the artists featured use their craft to imagine and demand a better world: In Bring Down the Walls, the dance floor becomes a space of liberation for the Black, Latinx and queer community, and in Gracefully, a drag queen continues to dance in defiance of the ban in Iran. 

In Schlingensief – A Voice That Shook the Silence, an incredible assembly of archive captures the legacy of the prolific theatre and filmmaker. In Sisters with Transistors, archive is used to tell the remarkable story of electronic music's unsung heroines.  

Finally, Faith and Branko reminds us that despite language and cultural barriers, it is possible to fall in love not just with music but through music. A timely reminder that in a climate not only of social distancing, but mass isolation, insularity and segregation, art and culture crosses borders and brings us together.

From the UK and Serbia, across Europe, to Argentina and Iran, a diverse range of creative talent both in front of and behind the camera will rock and shine in this year’s Rhyme & Rhythm selection, offering encounters and inspirations to a different beat.

– Melanie Iredale (Deputy Director) & Agnès Wildenstein (Associate Programmer)


The Schedule:

Friday 30 October

Catherine Harte, United Kingdom / Serbia, 2020, 82’ - World Premiere

Presented in partnership with Live Cinema UK, supported by Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Screening online from 30 October – 20:00 until midnight 12 November.


Saturday 31 October

Phil Collins, United States, Germany, 2020, 88' - UK Premiere.

Presented in partnership with No Bounds Festival.

Alongside our Exchange activity and open to all, we are also holding a series of documentaries from our 2020 programme to be screened at the Showroom Cinema, for just £1.  More information is available here

  • SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS + Live online Q&A with director and a short pre-recorded performance from The Space Lady - 17:00

Lisa Rovner, United Kingdom, 2020, 82’ - European Premiere

Presented in partnership with No Bounds Festival and with Live Cinema UK, supported by Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Screening online from 31 October – 19:00 until midnight 12 November

Jérôme Bel, France, 2019, 92’ - UK Premiere

Presented in partnership with Forced Entertainment. 

Screening online from 31 October – 22:00 until midnight 12 November


Sunday 1 November

Lynne Ramsay, United Kingdom, 2019, 30’. Screening alongside MEDIUM.

  • MEDIUM + Pre-recorded Q&A with director - 11:00

Edgardo Cozarinsky, Argentina, 2020, 71’ - UK Premiere. Screening alongside BRIGITTE.

Both will screen online from 1 November – 13:00 until midnight 12 November.

Bettina Böhler, Germany, 2020, 124’ - UK Premiere.

Screening online from 1 November - 16:00 until midnight 12 November.

Cara Holmes, Ireland, 2019, 11’ - International Premiere. Screening alongside GRACEFULLY.

Arash Eshaghi, Iran, 2019, 62’ - UK Premiere. Screening alongside WELCOME TO A BRIGHT WHITE LIMBO.

Both will screen online from 1 November – 19:00 until midnight 12 November.


As part of our Autumn Weekender series, we will also be welcoming DJ, radio presenter and blogger Yinka Bokinni to our online festival on Saturday 31 October, to talk about the making of her documentary Damilola: The Boy Next Doorfor this years' Channel 4 interview. Details for the live streamed talk are available here.

Tickets for screenings at The Showroom Cinema can be found via our individual films pages. Films available online can be watched on Sheffield Doc/Fest Selects. 

Details of The Showroom Cinema’s safety measures can be found here. We ask that everyone respect and abide by the measures communicated and that we all place collective interests above any individual ones. Beyond protecting ourselves, we have a responsibility to protect each other.