Sheffield DocFest 2012: Red carpet world premieres at top documentary festival

On song: Gareth Malone, centre, with members of the Military Wives Choir.                                                   Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
On song: Gareth Malone, centre, with members of the Military Wives Choir. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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HOLLYWOOD says ‘ey up’ to South Yorkshire next week when the region plays host to some of the biggest names in film making for the 19th annual Sheffield Doc Fest.

It features 11 world, 11 European and 20 UK premieres.

There’s a total of 83 featured documentaries, including two secret screenings, 10 outdoor screenings, plus 27 shorts and four cross platform films.

Of the 11 world premieres, nine are by UK filmmakers.

But the festival - from June 13-17 - isn’t just for industry insiders and film-makers to discuss business and their art. It has lots to offer local people, says Hussain Currimboy, Doc/Fest Film Programmer since 2008.

“I’m excited by the new talent that has emerged this year in documentary, especially from Britain,” he said.

“And very proud to have such big films about artists. In fact, 2012 feels like it’s definitely the year of the artist inspired documentary.”

Hussain helped to popularise the festival by bringing comedy legend Joan Rivers two years ago and last year Supersize Me film-maker Morgan Spurlock.

Amongst this year’s speakers is James Bond director Michael Apted, who also made the Up TV documentary series following the lives of ordinary people that recently returned tom our TV screens with ‘56 Up’.

Doc/Fest features a much bigger and still free outdoor screening programme, plus an amazing line-up of events, documentaries and personalities, he says.

Hussain, who has worked for Australian film festivals in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane, said: “Sheffield audiences know their stuff and ask great Q&A questions.

“We have a great programme with something for everybody, featuring arts, politics, music, sports and social issues. We’re always looking for well-made films.”

Visit sheffdocfest.com and to purchase tickets visit www.showroomworkstation.org.uk.