Star-studded line-up for documentary festival

Bragg, Melvyn
Bragg, Melvyn
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Sheffield Doc Fest - Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the start of Sheffield’s documentary film festival and industry get-together which will take place over five days.

The first speaker in a series of ‘In Conversation’ events at the Crucible Studio will be South Bank Show presenter Melvyn Bragg, who will speak at 1pm tomorrow on the arts in television.

Other sessions will include Sheffield’s Michael Palin, comedian Sue Perkins talking to BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow and filmmakers giving a behind-the-scenes look at Wiggins: A Year in Yellow, on the cycling star Bradley Wiggins.

A star from family history show Who Do You Think You Are? will talk of their experiences.

An addition this year’s programme of 123 films is a strand that highlights cultish documentaries and their accompanying fiction films.

Apocalypse Now plays with Hearts of Darkness and the editor, Walter Murch, will appear for a Q&A. He will also present his new work, Particle Fever. It follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment ever, to discover the origins of all matter.

Film pundit Mark Kermode will present his documentary The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist along with the original film.

Apart from that, there are more than 120 feature-length, short and interactive documentary films in the Showroom, Library and Odeon Cinemas, plus free outdoor screenings on Howard Street.

More than 75 directors will be on hand to take part in Q&A sessions on their films.

Box office: Showroom Workstation or call 0114 275 7727.