Sheffield Doc/Fest is the premiere event in the Sheffield calendar. Taking place between 7-12 June, it’s one of the biggest and most renowned documentary film festivals in the world. Along with some of the best new documentaries expect live music, outdoor screenings and many accompanying events and talks.
The last part of our preview focuses on the live music taking place over the festival. The prevalence of live film soundtracking has risen rapidly over the last few years, and Doc/Fest has several very special screening taking place.
Love is All
There will be a very special outdoor screening of Kim Longinotto’s new film Love is All is the beautiful grounds of Chatsworth House. Love is All takes us on a journey through the 20th-century, exploring of love and courtship on screen in a century of unprecedented social upheaval. There will be a pre-screening set from Everly Pregnant Brothers and Richard Hawley will be providing the soundtrack for the film.
How We Used to Live
Directed by Paul Kelly, How We Used to Live is an enthralling celebration of post-war London created through a compelling use of rare colour footage from the BFI National Archive and original music by Saint Etienne with a spellbinding narration by Ian McShane. For the first time, Saint Etienne will be providing a live soundtrack for the screening. There will also be a Q&A with the band and director.
Man of Aran
British Sea Power will perform their live soundtrack to Robert J Flaherty’s 1934 fictional documentary Man of Aran. The film portrays characters living in pre-modern conditions, documenting their daily routines such as fishing off high cliffs, farming and hunting.
From The Sea to the Land Beyond
British Sea Power provide a live soundtrack to Penny Woolcock’s portrait of the British coastline. Made from over 100 years of BFI footage, the award-winning director provides a fitting testimony to the role our coast has played in this nation’s history.
Narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk, Beyond Clueless is a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics. Summer Camp provide a live soundtrack for the screening.
He Who Gets Slapped
Will Gregory, the male half of Goldfrapp, reunites with his collaborator from The Gas Giants, Tony Orrell, to play a live soundtrack to the 1924 silent film which stars Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, and John Gilbert.
Felix the Cat
A rare programme of Felix the Cat animated shorts accompanied by a live performance of a specially re-scored soundtrack by Sean O’Hagan & The High Llamas.
For further details visit the Doc/Fest website