A number of premieres have been announced for this years’ Sheffield Doc/fest, including a film from Martin Scorsese and a special event screening which will feature a live soundtrack by city musician Richard Hawley.
Florian Habicht’s documentary about Pulp’s 2012 concert at the Motorpoint Arena and the band’s relationship with their home city had already been listed to open the festival, and now a number of other titles have been added to the line-up.
Of the most eye-catching is Martin Scorsese’s ‘A 50 Year Argument’, a documentary about The New York Review of Books.
Co-directed with David Tedeschi, the film looks at the review journal since its launch in 1963 and how it continuously reflects American culture.
With a wealth of feature movies behind him that includes Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and The Wolf of Wall Street, as well as a number of documentary credits, Scorsese is a tentpole addition for Doc/Fest.
Also featuring in the festival programme is the premiere of ‘Love is All’ by Kim Longinotto, which see archive material to study how love is represented in cinema.
The special screening of the movie at Chatsworth House will feature a live soundtrack from Sheffield’s own Richard Hawley.
Other bands performing live soundtracks across the June festival include Saint Etienne, Goldfrapp, British Sea Power and Summer Camp.
‘Stop at nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story’, by Alex Homes, will also receive a premiere at a diverse Doc/Fest, which will also screen documentaries about South Africa, dog fighting and the miner’s strike.
For the first time this year Sheffield Doc/Fest will be recognised by the Academy Awards as an Oscar-qualifying festival in the short documentary category, meaning that the short film winning that category will be considered for the 2015 Academy Awards.
Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place at various venues, including The Showroom cinema, between 7-12 June.