Vicky and guy

We're proud to announce a trio of Northern-based headline speakers for our 25th Edition, 7-12 June. Each compelled to mine their personal experience and expertise to tell their stories, Vicky McClureGuy Martin and Mark Cousins will 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 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. 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.

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Headshot of Vicky McClure

© Jon Gorigan

Vicky McClure talks Dementia & Music

Mon 11 June // 7pm // Crucible Studio

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 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.

 

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The Channel 4 Interview: Guy Martin

Mon 11 June // 6pm // City Hall Ballroom

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 genuine and honest. However, he 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.

This talk will be BSL interpreted.

© Jenny Leask

An evening with Mark Cousins – 30 Images in the Dark

Sun 10 June // 6.30pm // Crucible Studio

“We have work lives and love lives, but we also have looking lives” – Acclaimed Edinburgh-based filmmaker and author 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.

 

See our early programme announcements of live events by clicking here.

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