·      Special Preview of Work-In-Progress Multi-Media Performance 8 Minutes By Alexander Whitley Dance Company Including A Specially Composed Score by Electroacoustic Music Innovator Daniel Wohl, Ahead of its World Premiere At Sadler’s Wells;

·      WHITNEY “Can I Be Me” At Sheffield’s City Hall Followed By A Tribute Performance From Michelle John; Evening Transmitted To 130 Cinemas Across The UK And Ireland;

·      Festival Parties Celebrate Themes Of Resistance, Subculture And 50 Years Of Sexual Offences Act;

·      Doc/Rhythm Strand World Premiere Screenings: Lost In Vagueness Attended By Roy Gurwitz And Sofia Olins, Bruk Out! With Live Dancehall Event At Doc/Fest Exchange, Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution Attended by Yony Leyser;

·      Years And Years Frontman Olly Alexander Talks About BBC3 Doc “Growing Up Gay” (Working Title);

·      Comedian Alexander Armstrong And Dancer Ashley Banjo On The Making Of The Real Full Monty.


Building on Doc/Fest’s reputation as a place for music and dance, this year’s Festival features energetic portraits of dance, music and contemporary culture from established and emerging performers within the renowned and newly named Doc/Rhythm film strand, plus at the Festival’s parties and talks, special guests and live appearances will celebrate resistance, subculture and 50 Years of the Sexual Offences Act.

Continuing a Doc/Fest tradition of celebrating work by cross-discipline creative artists, and ahead of the World Premiere at Sadler's Wells later in June, the Festival will present a Special Work-in-Progress Preview of 8 Minutes by Alexander Whitley Dance Company featuring a stunning installation of high-definition imagery from BAFTA award-winning visual artist Tal Rosner, and a specially created score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl. Through dance, film and music including images and data of solar science research 8 Minutes explores the spectacular forces at work in the universe and illuminate our relationship with the star that gives us life.

From City Hall, Sheffield the Festival will screen the UK Premiere of WHITNEY ‘Can I Be Me' including a tribute performance from Michelle John from The Voice, who performed with Whitney Houston as a backing vocalist in 1999. Following the screening Sarah Jane Crawford will interview director Nick Broomfield. Supported by the BFI, the evening will be broadcast live to 130 cinemas across the UK and Ireland.


Two party nights on Friday and Saturday will embrace the celebration of queer and subculture that runs throughout the Festival. Following the Opening Night event at City Hall, the World Premiere of Daisy Asquith’s Queerama including a short performance from John Grant, the Queerama Opening Night Party will feature Nag Nag Nag club-night legend Jonny Slut. The Resisdance: Saturday Night Party of dancing and DIY culture includes very special live guests, the genre defying Skinny Girl Diet, who recently described themselves in VICE as “making feminist punk music for other freaks and weirdos like ourselves", and on the decks Cate Le Bon with a post-punk female influence DJ set.


Continuing the LGBTQ+ celebration, Yony Leyser’s Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution profiles the 1980s queer fanzine scene, which evolved when the punk and Gay Rights movements considered some individuals just too ‘out there’ to be let in. Featuring the likes of Kim Gordon, Peaches, Kathleen Hanna, Bruce la Bruce and the inimitable John Waters.

Roy Gurwitz, anarchic punk traveller and founder of Lost Vagueness, a place of opulence and decadence, reminiscent of a permissive 1920’s Berlin - last experienced at Glastonbury 2007 - will attend the Festival’s World Premiere of director Sofia Ollins’ Lost In Vagueness which retraces Britain’s subculture history, to see how anti-hero Gurvitz and Festival founder Michael Eavis came together to reinvigorate Glastonbury Festival.

The World Premiere of Cori McKenna’s celebration of female expression Bruk Out! takes us deep inside the raw, energetic world of Jamaican Dancehall culture, which attracts devotees from around the world, drawn to the fierce energy, all enveloping embrace and legendary twerking; following the screening a Dancehall Dance Class at Doc/Exchange on Tudor Square with dancehall queen Ale Camara will bring the raunchy dance craze to the streets of Sheffield.

Talks At The Crucible:

In Talks & Sessions at the Crucible, Olly Alexander frontman of the British electronica trio Years and Years will discuss the making of his first documentary 'Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay’ (working title). Produced by Antidote Productions and screening on BBC3 later this year, Olly explores why the gay community can be vulnerable to mental health issues, as he opens up about his own long-term battles with depression.


Comedian and TV presenter Alexander Armstrong and English street dancer Ashley Banjo will discuss the making of The Real Full Monty and how they taught male celebrities how to expose their famous flesh to maximum effect and perform their own ‘Full Monty’, to raise awareness of men’s cancers. The Talk will follow a special preview screening of the ITV film, which was in part filmed at the Shiregreen working men’s club in Sheffield, as featured in the original Full Monty film.

With his piano, conductor Charles Hazlewood will discuss his Sky documentary My Beatles’ Black Album with Charles Hazlewood in which he examines the break-up of the world’s greatest pop group.  Hazelwood has worked with musicians including Wyclef Jean, Professor Green and Nigel Kennedy and was the first conductor to headline Glastonbury with an orchestra.



Special Preview: 8 Minutes Performance

Alexander Whitley Dance Company

Venue: Octagon Centre

Date: Monday 12 June

Time: 18.45

Tickets priced at £12.00/£10.00 (concs) available here: https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6351


Whitney “Can I Be Me”

+Q&A with Nick Broomfield and Tribute Performance by Michelle John broadcast live to 130 Cinemas Across the UK

Venue: City Hall

Date: Sunday 11 June

Time: 18.15

Tickets: https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6263

Queerama with short Performance from John Grant (World Premiere)
Opening Night Film and Performance
Venue: City Hall
Date: Friday 9 June
Time: 19.00
Tickets: https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6302

Queerama Opening Night Party
featuring Nag Nag Nag club-night legend Jonny Slut
Venue: City Hall Ballroom
Date: Friday 9 June
Time: 21.45
Tickets: https://sheffdocfest.com/sessions/5927

Resisdance: Saturday Night Party
Featuring Skinny Girl Diet and Cate Le Bon
Venue: 02
Date: Saturday 10 June
Time: 22.00
Tickets: https://sheffdocfest.com/sessions/5934

Bruk Out! (World Premiere)
Plus Q&A
Venue: The Light Screen 8
Date: Monday 12 June
Time: 18.00

Venue: The Light Screen 3
Date: Tuesday 13 June
Time: 12.30
Tickets https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6197

Bruk Out! Dance Class
Venue: Doc/Exchange, Tudor Square
Date: Monday 12 June
Time: 19:45
Tickets: Free

Lost In Vagueness (World Premiere)
plus Q&A
Venue: PBS American Showroom 3
Date: Saturday 10 June
Time: 12.30
Tickets: https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6300


Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution (World Premiere)
Plus Q&A
Venue:  The Light Screen 6
Date: Monday 12 June
Time: 21.15
Tickets: https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6306

Olly Alexander Talks Documentary
Venue: Crucible Studio
Date: Saturday 10 June
Time: 17.30
Tickets: https://sheffdocfest.com/sessions/5385


The Real Full Monty with Alexander Armstrong and Asley Banjo

Venue: Crucible Theatre

Date: Monday 12 June

Time: 18.00

Tickets: https://sheffdocfest.com/sessions/6136


Charles Hazlewood: Exploring My Own Beatles Black Album

Venue: Crucible Studio

Date: Monday 12 June

Time: 18.30

Tickets: https://sheffdocfest.com/sessions/5918


For further information contact:

Sarah Harvey Publicity

Sarah Harvey sarah@sarahharveypublicity.co.uk

Hayley Willis hayley@sarahharveypublicity.co.uk

Katy Driscoll katy@sarahharveypublicity.co.uk

+44 (0) 207 732 7790


About Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction visual storytelling.

 Operating in the heart of the UK, Sheffield Doc/Fest is a hub for all documentary and non-fiction content across all platforms, from feature length to shorts, and including interactive and virtual reality projects.


The Festival comprises:

- Film programme for the very best international screenings;

- Alternate Realities for digital and interactive innovation;

- Talks & Sessions to inspire, inform and for debate;

- Marketplace & Talent for international business and training;

- Social, live events and networking;

- All Year screenings, talks and training for outside the festival period.


Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place 9-14 June 2017.