Doncumentary film fans will get another chance to see two of this year’s DocFest favourites with Best Of Fest screenings at the city’s Showroom cinema.
Iraq war protest film We Are Many will be in Showroom 3, tomoprrow (Thu, June 12) at 2pm, and Last Man On The Moon, about Apollo astronaut Cpt Eugene Cernan, is in Showroom 2, at 8.15pm.
There will also be a special screening of The Battle For Orgreave, plus a Q&A with director Yvette Vanson and Michael Mansfield QC, in Showroom 3, 8pm.
A DocFest spokeswoman told The Star: “Following sold-out screenings and standing ovations at their world premieres, We Are Many and The Last Man On The Moon have been major hits of the festival.
“So we are giving documentary film fans a final chance to see them.
“Amir Amirani’s much-acclaimed We Are Many tells the story of the largest anti-war march in history, featuring a cast including Damon Albarn, Richard Branson, Danny Glover, and Hans Blix, with music by Simon Russell and Brian Eno.
“Space biography The Last Man On The Moon charts the incredible story of astronaut Cpt Eugene Cernan, who was a very special guest at DocFest earlier in the week.
“And marking the 30th Anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave, Doc/Fest will screen the 1985 film The Battle For Orgreave, which set out to put the record straight a year on from the 48-day trial which saw miners charged with riot at Orgreave and facing life imprisonment.
“Compelling testimonies as miners recount their own history, unique footage of police violence, and in depth analysis of the mass picket and the ensuing events of June 18 1984 at the Orgreave coking plant make this a historic and important document of our time.
“There will also be a Q&A with director Yvette Vanson and Michael Mansfield QC.”
Another closing night highlight, on Thursday, will be electro pop trio Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs and their touring band performing, for the very first time, the live soundtrack to their latest film, How We Used to Live.
That will be at Sheffield’s Crucible, Thursday, June 12, 8pm.
Directed by Paul Kelly, How We Used to Live, is a celebration of post-war London created through a compelling use of rare colour footage from the BFI National Archive and original music by Saint Etienne, with a narration by Ian McShane.
Premiered to great acclaim last October at the London Film Festival, it was named as one of Sight and Sound magazine’s Best Films of 2013. The screening and performance will be followed by a Q&A with Saint Etienne, director Paul Kelly and co-writer Travis Elborough.
LIVE EVENTS WEEKEND
After the festival closes on Thursday, the party continues with a Live Events Weekend, including a double-bill from British Sea Power, a firm festival favourite, who return on Saturday to accompany archive screenings of Man of Aran and From the Sea to the Land Beyond.
* He Who Gets Slapped with Will Gregory, of Goldfrapp, at Sheffield Crucible, Friday, June 13, 6.30pm
Will Gregory, the male half of electro-poppers Goldfrapp, reunites with his collaborator from The Gas Giants, Tony Orrell, to play live in the theatre to the 1924 silent classic He Who Gets Slapped.
Gregory and Orrell are known for their anarchic and experimental music blurring the boundaries of jazz, electronica and pop which will create a mind boggling night in the theatre with the screening of this MGM masterpiece.
* Man of Aran with British Sea Power, at Sheffield Crucible, Saturday, June 14, 4pm.
British Sea Power will perform their celebrated live soundtrack to Robert J Flaherty’s 1934 fictional documentary Man of Aran.
Life on the Aran Islands in the 1930’s was hard - families were forced to fight against the elements for their livelihoods.
It was the custom of the men to await the annual migration of basking sharks. If caught, they would provide a family with enough oil for a year, but to catch them meant setting sail in a flimsy boat.
British Sea Power guitarist Martin Noble says, “It’s a wonderful film. The images vary between huge drama and a brilliant kind of ridiculousness – check out the amazing, foot-wide bobbled berets that the fishermen wear. It’s a great look, like a 1930s Irish version of Jack White or Kraftwerk. It’s a film that’s also relevant to the current era – a time when the idea of living a simpler life is in the air. The film shows something I’d like to think I could do, but know I never will.”
* From The Sea To The Land Beyond with British Sea Power, at Sheffield Crucible, Saturday, June 14, 7pm.
Made from over 100 years of BFI archive footage, award-winning director Penny Woolcock’s film is a portrait of our unique coastline and the role it plays in our lives - during wartime, on our holidays and as a hive of activity during the industrial age. British Sea Power will captain this cinematic voyage with their performance of an original composition of score rich in the imagination, epic power and range of which they are renowned.
* Felix The Cat: The Original Megastar with Sean O’Hagan & The High Llamas, at Sheffield Crucible, Sunday, June 15, 1pm.
A rare programme of Felix the Cat animated shorts accompanied by a live performance of a specially re-scored soundtrack by Sean O’Hagan & The High Llamas.
In its time, Felix The Cat was easily the world’s most famous animated cartoon. The best Felix cartoons depicted a world in which nothing was ever quite as it seemed.
Everything had an edge and Felix straddled the excesses of the swinging jazz era and the innocence of cinematic cartoons with consummate ease. Loved for more than 75 years, Felix The Cat is a classic in the truest sense of the word and for every episode that contains an eye-popping narrative audacity there is another that depicts the equally startling simplistic innocence of the age in which Felix ruled.
This is presented by the London International Animation Festival.
A BUG Special: David Bowie, at Sheffield Crucible, Sunday, June 15, 4.30pm.
Adam Buxton returns by popular demand to Sheffield to present a very special BUG show celebrating some of David Bowie’s music video and film output.
This is Adam’s love letter to David Bowie originally put together to coincide with V&A’s David Bowie Is Making A Scene exhibition last year, and Buxton’s own 6music documentary on the legendary pop star. A rare chance to see Adam perform BUG: David Bowie live.
For full details of all this and more see www.sheffdocfest.com,
Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary and digital media festival. It is the place to see world and UK premieres of the best creative documentaries from the cinema, television and online arenas, and to hear from and meet filmmakers at Q&A sessions. Highlights of the film programme are honoured with an award programme including the Sheffield Special Jury, Innovation, Green, Youth Jury, Inspiration, Student Doc, Short Form and Audience Awards. In 2013, 3,129 full festival pass holders from 69 countries attended the Festival and it attracted over 22,000 members of the film-loving public.