Sheffield Doc/Fest returns from tomorrow, featuring its usual mix of inspirational doc screenings; lively discussion panels and in-depth filmmaker masterclasses. We pick out a few of the highlights from this years festival, which runs from 10-15th June:
Screening: Where to Invade Next, Michael Moore
Where to Invade Next is a 2015 American documentary written and directed by Michael Moore. In this politically provocative comedy, Moore confronts the most pressing issues facing the US today, and travels around the world looking for solutions in foreign methods. The film will premiere at the festival’s opening night on 10th June, and will be followed by a Q&A with Michael Moore. Read more: http://bit.ly/25LIynb
With the Sundance Film festival due to commence next week, Moray casts a hopeful eye over some of this year’s entries in an ever-changing documentary landscape.
“The Sundance Film Festival 2010 kicks off next week, the showcase of new dramas and documentaries that remind the US film industry why they went into the business in the first place. It’s also a reminder that there is more to aspire to as a British documentary maker than the patronage of a BBC or Channel Four commissioner.
Among the hundreds of films screened in and around the Festival, the “In Competition” section is where the action is. Only 1 per cent of films submitted to the competition make it to the final competition line-up, and those 58 successful competitors will be watched by every relevant studio producer and executive in the USA.
Freelancer Anthony Holland has over 10 years experience working in factual production. In the last 5 years, Anthony has been producing/ directing documentaries and more recently he was working as a location producer/ director for Animal Planet’s reality series ‘Animal Cops’ in Cape Town, South Africa. Read and comment on Anthony’s experience.
Introduction to the shoot
An observational documentary series following the animal cruelty inspectors of the SPCA (equivalent to the RSPCA in the UK).
What were the surroundings like compared to UK?
A world of two extremes – the affluent live alongside South Africa’s poorest citizens. Cape Town has some of the most luxurious houses in the world, and yet only a stone’s throw away a million people live in wooden shacks often with no electricity and running water.