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The Live Events programme at Doc/Fest showcases creativity in documentary across all artistic mediums - from music to live performance to social experiments with your smartphone, bringing you unforgettable experiences whilst continuing to centre non-fiction storytelling. See our full line up of live events here..

 

Friday 7 June

Romantic Comedy + Live Score from Summer Camp

Romantic Comedy

Fri 7 June / 21:30 / Crucible Theatre / £12/£10 

Having devoured them as a young teen into womanhood, rom coms have played a leading role in the formation of director Elizabeth Sankey’s identity, and fantasies of love. How does Hollywood dictate what love looks like, and who deserves it? In this vibrant essay film with brilliant use of archive from recognisable favourites, Sankey considers the rules of the game and how the formula has transformed over time. The film will be presented with the world premiere of a live score from Sankey’s band, Summer Camp.

Part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network

Tickets here

 

Saturday 8 June

The Justice Syndicate

Justice Syndicate

Sat 8 Jun + Sun 9 Jun / 12:00, 14:45, 17:30 / Town Hall Committee Room 1 / £10/£8

A top surgeon accused of a serious crime. Conviction would mean planned operations will not go ahead – and the evidence is far from conclusive. The Justice Syndicate is a piece of playable theatre drawing on a jury format. It asks how we fill in the gaps, how we deal with our preconceptions, and how being part of a group can affect all this. Power and privilege; trust and technology; thought and action. How will you vote? A collaboration between recovering theatre company fanSHEN, computational artist Joe McAlister and neuroscientist Dr Kris De Meyer.

There are multiple sessions available to book. Please select your desired session here.

 

The Lovers Table (Part 1): Presented by Kazim Rashid & Lotte Andersen

Lovers Table pt 1

Sat 8 Jun / 14:00-17:00 / Crucible Theatre / £10/£8

Conceived by artist Lotte Andersen and director Kazim Rashid. This video conference invites an interdisciplinary group of thinkers to present an aspect of their practice, be it video, sound or visual sketch. In this instance, work will be shared by Giles Duley, Ayo Akingbade, Sean Frank, Bafic, Ondine Viñao and Kayus Banks of Young Fathers. Rashid and Andersen will additionally premiere new projects.

Tickets here

 

Sunday 9 June 

The Justice Syndicate

Justice Syndicate

Sat 8 Jun + Sun 9 Jun / 12:00, 14:45, 17:30 / Town Hall Committee Room 1 / £10/£8

A top surgeon accused of a serious crime. Conviction would mean planned operations will not go ahead – and the evidence is far from conclusive. The Justice Syndicate is a piece of playable theatre drawing on a jury format. It asks how we fill in the gaps, how we deal with our preconceptions, and how being part of a group can affect all this. Power and privilege; trust and technology; thought and action. How will you vote? A collaboration between recovering theatre company fanSHEN, computational artist Joe McAlister and neuroscientist Dr Kris De Meyer.

There are multiple sessions available to book. Please select your desired session here.

 

The Silents of Avant Garde Paris

avant garde paris

Sun 9 Jun / 15:30 / Crucible Theatre / £12/£10

Three films from masters of the surreal and avant-garde in 1920s Paris, ‘Live Cinéma’, explores seminal works by Man Ray, René Clair and Fernand Léger with music by Erik Satie and two new scores by Olivier award-winning composer Terry Davies. These scores include the world premiere of Ballet Mécanique and will be performed live by Modulus Quartet and Charlie Pyne Quartet in a new collaboration between string and jazz ensembles.

Tickets here 

 

Deep in Vogue + performance by House of Ghetto

Deep In Vogue

Sun 9 June / 19:00 / Leadmill / £10

Deep in Vogue presents a colourful perspective on the vogueing subculture in Manchester. Comprised of interviews, archive, and behind the scenes footage, this vibrant documentary provides a firsthand account of the glamour and the confidence that a thrilling vogue ball provides for the LGBTQI+ community.

The screening will be followed by a performance by House of Ghetto. Presented in partnership with Live Cinema UK, supported by Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Tickets here

 

The Smartphone Orchestra Presents: The Social Sorting Experiment

Smartphone Orchestra

Sun 9 June / 20:30 / Netflix Crucible Studio / £10/£8

With every action you do on social media, you leave a digital data trail behind. When this digital trail is combined with psychological insights, a very accurate digital caricature is created. Recent events show this is not only used to make your online experience more personalised, but also used against your own interest. Would you rather get to know yourself so well, that you can no longer be manipulated? You will be measured and judged on the data trail you leave behind during the show. Experience how your data is used in unexpected ways in this absurdist, serious and fun interactive performance where you and your smartphone become the main star of the show.

Tickets here

 

Mon 10 June

Kate Nash: Underestimate The Girl + Kate Nash Live

underestimate the girl

Mon 10 Jun / 20:00 / Crucible Theatre / £12/£10

A broken foot was the catalyst for Nando’s employee Kate Nash to kickstart her music career; her success was meteoric. With frank video diaries – a format echoing former criticisms of her style – Nash shares her journey and the unhealthy expectations of women perpetuated by the media. From pop to wrestling, Nash has come a long way, and she isn’t compromising.

This event is part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.

Tickets here

 

Toshio Matsumoto Shorts + Bo Ningen Live

Bo Ningen

Mon 10 Jun / 20:30 / Leadmill / £10/£8

In this meeting of Japanese psychedelia, Doc/Fest presents a chronology of rarely seen seminal short films of Toshio Matsumoto (1931-2017) with a sensory wave of sound from contemporary noise rock band Bo Ningen. From the mechanic rhythm of textile production in his early documentary film work The Weavers of Nishijin (1961) to the weaving of frames within frames in video work Engram (1987), Matsumoto’s world reverberates with cuts in observation and sound. Bo Ningen’s performance fuses disparate sounds and influences into a fierce, eclectic torrent of grooves.

Tickets here