We are delighted to announce the first details of the Festival programme, taking place 9-14 June 2017. See below for the selected announcements, and to buy tickets. Please note that Full Festival Pass Holders do not need to purchase separate tickets for these events.
To mark 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act, our Opening Night film at City Hall Oval Hall, is the world premiere of Daisy Asquith’s documentary Queerama, followed by a live performance from singer-songwriter John Grant. Created from the treasure trove of the BFI National Archive, Queerama captures the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women starting in 1919 – weaved with the lyrics and music of John Grant and Hercules & Love Affair.
Fifty years since the Summer of Love, the Festival will explore rule-breaking and boundary-pushing artists who are creatively and politically forging new movements for Resistance & Change in 2017: in Alternate Realities, emerging British artist Anna Ridler will present the world premiere of WikiLeaks: A Love Story; in Talks & Sessions, we welcome for the first time maverick game-changer Peter Greenaway CBE; in the Film Programme, filmmakers Yance Ford (Strong Island) and Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan (Whose Streets?), have individually made unflinching examinations of race in America today. And also looking back 50 years, this year’s retrospective will focus on 1967: Summer of Love and Disobedience including the Festival coup of a very rare screening of Silent Revolution / Black Liberation, Edouard (Yves) de Laurot’s lost masterpiece of the civil rights movement featuring Malcolm X and narrated by Ossie Davis.
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 First Programme Announcements
Opening Night Film: Queerama with Performance from John Grant
Daisy Asquith / UK / 2017 / 75 mins / World Premiere
We are delighted to open the Festival with the world premiere of Queerama with a performance by the extraordinary singer-songwriter John Grant. 50 years after decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, director Daisy Asquith mines the jewels of the BFI archive to take us into the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women in the 20th century.
Fri 09 June / 19:30 start, doors at 19:00 / City Hall Oval Hall