Sheffield Doc/Fest is thrilled to welcome the acclaimed Salford-based actress and writer Maxine Peake to the Festival for the first time. Talking to Guardian journalist Simon Hattenstone Maxine will discuss her love of documentary film and those docs that have inspired her life, her sense of humour, work and politics. Her wide-ranging career - spanning TV, theatre and film - includes Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies, Shameless, The Village and Silk and the recent BBC drama Three Girls set in Rochdale. In recent years, at the Royal Exchange Manchester, she has played the title roles of Hamlet and Miss Julie. Her next project Funny Cow is set in Sheffield against the backdrop of a working men’s club in the 1970s.