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Sheffield Doc/Fest is proud to announce a trio of Northern-based headline speakers for the 25th Edition, which takes place from 7-12 June. Each compelled to mine their personal experience and expertise to tell their stories, Vicky McClure, Guy Martin and Mark Cousins are confirmed to speak at Doc/Fest in June.

Nottingham-born, BAFTA-winning actor Vicky McClure, who has close personal experience of dementia through caring for her grandmother, will discuss the making of her new  Curve Media produced, BBC One Specialist Factual series Vicky McClure: My Dementia Choir, her role as an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and her ambition to leave a lasting legacy in our understanding of how music therapy can help people with dementia; this year’s Channel 4 Interview brings a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from Grimsby-born record breaker, motorcycle racer and lorry mechanic Guy Martin, who will talk about his passion for engineering, big builds and the thrill of speed; and acclaimed Edinburgh-based filmmaker, author and critic Mark Cousins will examine how our ‘looking selves’ develop over the course of a lifetime, the ways that looking has changed through the centuries and explore how our social and cultural surroundings shape what we see.

Says Liz McIntyre, Festival Director & CEO, Sheffield Doc/Fest, “Vicky McClure, Guy Martin and Mark Cousins share the urge to tell stories born out of by their personal experience and expertise. I am thrilled to announce these exceptional Northern-based talents as speakers, whose deeply held convictions compel them to speak with authenticity and passion  through documentary film.

 

Vicky McClure talks Dementia & Music

BAFTA-winning actor Vicky McClure, star of This is England (produced by Sheffield-based Warp Films), as well as Line of Duty and The Replacement comes to Sheffield Doc/Fest for the first time, to discuss her new BBC One Specialist Factual series, Vicky McClure: My Dementia Choir (produced by Curve Media), a deeply personal journey to discover the extent of music’s power to fight dementia. For the series, Nottingham-born Vicky, who has close personal experience of dementia through caring for her grandmother, joins forces with the University of Nottingham to form a unique choir for one unforgettable performance. Vicky will discuss the making of the programmes, her role as ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and the ambition to leave a lasting legacy in our understanding of how music therapy can help people with dementia.

This talk will be a Dementia Friendly event, with the lights a little brighter than usual, and the sound lowered a touch. Extra visible signage will be displayed around the venue and staff trained as Dementia Friends will be on hand to offer help. Attendees are welcome to come and go as they please during the session and to invite a carer to accompany them free of charge.

The Channel 4 Interview: Guy Martin
Sheffield Doc/Fest and Channel 4 welcome the Grimsby-born, TV adventurer, record breaker, motorcycle racer and lorry mechanic to the festival for the first time. With inspirational documentaries, produced by North One, spanning world speed records, Formula 1 motor racing, the Wall of Death and his First World War tank build, the enigmatic Guy Martin is known to shy away from the limelight; this will be a rare opportunity to hear first hand about Guy’s passion for engineering, big builds and the thrill of speed.

An evening with Mark Cousins – 30 Images in the Dark
“We have work lives and love lives, but we also have looking lives” – Acclaimed Edinburgh-based filmmaker, author and critic Mark Cousins works to reassess not only how we look at film, but how we can look at the world differently through the image world of a filmmaker.

Join Mark for an intimate lecture exploring the aesthetics, politics, emotion and wonder of ‘looking’. Using 30 key cultural images, Mark will examine how our ‘looking selves’ develop over the course of a lifetime, the ways that looking has changed through the centuries and explore how our social and cultural surroundings shape what we see.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with Mark.

The full line-up for the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 programme will be announced on Thursday 3 May.

 

Listings:

 

Vicky McClure talks Dementia & Music

Venue: Crucible Studio

Date: Monday, 11 June 2018

Time: 19:00

Event Strand: Talks & Sessions

Ticket Price (including booking fee): £10 / £8 concession

Weblink: https://sheffdocfest.com/sessions/6283

 

The Channel 4 Interview: Guy Martin

Venue:  Sheffield City Hall Ballroom

Date: Monday, 11 June 2018

Time: 18:00

Event Strand: Talks & Sessions

Ticket Price (including booking fee): £13 / £11 concession

Weblink: https://sheffdocfest.com/sessions/6278

 

An Evening with Mark Cousins: 30 Images in the Dark

Venue: Crucible Studio

Date: Sunday, 10 June 2018

Time: 18:30

Event Strand: Talks & Sessions

Ticket Price (including booking fee): £12 / £10 concession

Weblink: https://sheffdocfest.com/events/6277

 

All tickets go on sale 10am, Wednesday 14 March.

Events are individually ticketed, or included in the Festival Pass.

Festival Pass: comprises one full registration, giving access to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018: 7–12 June. Your Festival Pass includes access to the Film programme, Alternate Realities programme, Talks & Sessions, Marketplace & Talent, Special Events, Doc/Player and all social events and networking. https://www.sheffdocfest.com/passes/delegate  

 

For further information, contact:

Sarah Harvey Publicity

Sarah Harvey sarah@sarahharveypublicity.co.uk

Oli Gots oli@sarahharveypublicity.co.uk

+44 (0) 207 732 7790

 

 

About the speakers:

 

Vicky McClure

Vicky Lee McClure (born 8 May 1983) is a BAFTA award-winning English actress best known for her role as Lol Jenkins in Shane Meadows’s film This is England (2006) – shot on location in and around her hometown of Nottingham – and its Channel 4 spin-off mini-series’ This is England '86 (2010), This Is England '88 (2011) and This Is England '90 (2015). Before This is England she appeared in another of Shane Meadows’ films: A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) where she played the title character’s sister Ladine. McClure won the RTS Award and BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lol in This is England '86 in 2011. Her notable TV work includes portrayal of Detective Sergeant Kate Fleming in the BBC series Line of Duty and Paula in The Replacement. Her other roles include Filth and Wisdom (2008), Hummingbird (2013), and Svengali (2013) as well as co-starring in BBC's The Replacement (2017).

 

Guy Martin

 

Guy Martin (born 4 November 1981 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire) is a TV adventurer, motorcycle racer and full time lorry mechanic. He has competed in motorcycle events such as the Isle of Man TT, earning 17 podiums, won races at events such as the Ulster Grand Prix and was second at Le Mans, to name just a few results. He has broken his back twice whilst competing. His appearance in Closer to the Edge, a documentary about TT racing, launched his profile beyond just motorbike fans. Since 2011, Guy has been a regular face on British TV screens; first fronting engineering programmes such as The Boat that Guy Built for BBC One and Channel 4's How Britain Worked, before moving onto adrenaline-fuelled, record breaking engineering and adventure series, Speed with Guy Martin. He still holds world speed records for downhill toboggan, gravity racer and, of course, the Wall of Death, after building the biggest wall in history to make the attempt. Guy has also fronted history and engineering documentaries, helping to rebuild a Spitfire, a Vulcan Bomber and, most recently, a World War One tank.  This year, following series filmed on journeys around India and China, Guy has filmed a new travelogue series, reflecting his unique world-view, in Russia (travelling out just days after the nerve agent incident in Salisbury). Guy is also the only author in history to have three consecutive Sunday Times best selling non fiction books, including Guy Martin: My Autobiography and Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead. Guy drives a Transit and is currently at work in his garage, trying to turn it into the fastest van in the world.

 

 

Mark Cousins

A filmmaker, presenter, critic and programmer, Mark Cousins is best known for his 15-hour documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011). He programmed the Edinburgh Film Festival (1996-97), hosted BBC Two’s Moviedrome (1997-2000) and Scene by Scene (1999-2000), and is the author of The Story of Film and (with Kevin Macdonald) Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary. In 2009, Cousins and actor/director Tilda Swinton created a project where they mounted a 33.5-tonne portable cinema on a large truck which was physically pulled through the Scottish Highlands. The traveling independent film festival was featured prominently in a documentary called Cinema is Everywhere. The festival was repeated in 2011. A long-standing supporter of the Belfast International Film Festival, Cousins became its chairman in February 2018. He is the co-founder (with Tilda Swinton) of the 8½ Foundation, a Scottish-based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to introducing world cinema to children.