Sheffield DocFest ends with pit strike film

Arthur Scargill in front of police lines at  Orgreave during the miners' strike
Arthur Scargill in front of police lines at Orgreave during the miners' strike
Have your say

Sheffield DocFest ends tonight and there’s a screening of The Battle Of Orgreave - just days before the 30th anniversary of the bloody pit strike battle.

The miners’ strike took it’s most violent turn at South Yorkshire’s Orgreave Coking Plant, where NUM president Arthur Scargill had called for a mass picket.

But no one could predict the intensity of events as miners and police clashed on June 18, 1984

The Battle Of Orgreave, a documentary about the confrontation, will be sreened before a Q&A with the director, Yvette Vanson, and Michael Mansfield QC, who represented the miners against criminal charges.

The film will be shown at the Showroom Cinema tonight (Thursday, June 12, 2014) at 8pm.

Other highlights on this last day of DocFest included:

11am, The Crucible: Sheffield DocFest 2014 awards, hosted by Jeremy Hardy, at The Crucible.

1.45pm, Crucible: Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England, in conversation with Anna Higgs, Head of Film4, about where film and digital fit into the Arts Council’s plans for the future.

3pm, Showroom 1: Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, an award-winning, provocative portrait of linguist, intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky, honouring late Canadian documentary filmmaker and friend of the festival, Peter Wintonick.

3.30pm, Crucible Studio: Doc/Fest will honour Malik Bendjelloul whose film Searching For Sugarman opened Doc/Fest in 2012. Three rarely seen, made for TV films will screen: KOBRA (Swedish Arts & Culture show) (2014), Pop i focus – Kraftwork (2002) and Pop I focus – Bjork (2001).

5.15pm, PBS America Showroom 3: Alasdair Gray - A Life In Progress, an intimate portrait of Scottish writer and artist Alasdair Gray, directed by Kevin Cameron. Also screening is Peter Ringbom’s Shield and Spear, which offers a snapshot of contemporary South Africa through a kaleidoscope view of artists living and working there.

2.30pm, Showroom 3: We Are Many, about the Iraq war protest, as part of Best Of The Fest.

8.15pm, Showroom 4: The Last Man On The Moon, about Apollo 17 space elegend Eugene Cernan, who attended the festival earlier this week. Watch Graham Walker’s exclusive chat with him - CLICK HERE.


LIVE EVENTS WEEKEND events at The Crucible Theatre including Saint Etienne playing live tonight to HOW WE USED TO LIVE, Will Gregory (one half of Goldfrapp) & Tony Orrell playing live to HE WHO GETS SLAPPED on Friday, a British Sea Power double bill (FROM THE SEA TO THE LAND BEYOND and MAN OF ARAN) on Saturday, The High Llamas playing to FELIX THE CAT original shorts on Sunday followed by ADAM BUXTON PRESENTS A BUG SPECIAL: DAVID BOWIE. If you would like to come to any of these events you need to see us or email us TODAY please so we can add your name to the list which will be on the door.

For molre see the official Sheffield DocFest web site at

On Twitter follow @sheffdocfest, @hcurrimbhoy and @sarahharveypr using the hashtag #sheffdocfest.

MORE VIDEO: Pulp attended Sheffield DocFest premiere of their film PULP: Life, Death and Supermarkets - CLICK HERE.