After announcing that the 2010 Sheffield Doc/Fest (November 3 - 7) would open with Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern's "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," the festival released its lineup this week. Included in the slate are 130 films, including 15 World Premieres, 26 UK Premieres, five European Premieres, and an International Premiere. New work from Penny Woolcock, Patricio Guzman, Kim Longinotto, Werner Herzog, and more will screen at the festival.
Commenting on the festival's lineup this year, programmer Hussain Currimbhoy said, "Documentaries have still kept their incredible capacity to compel, thrill and entertain and the documentaries in this year’s extraordinary line-up are no exception. From Joan Rivers to Rolf Harris to a special focus on the Middle East I’m sure Sheffield audiences will have as much fun watching as I have had programming.”
Longinotto will receive the festival's second annual Inspiration Award, which is given to an industry figure who has championed the cause of documentaries and increased the profile of worthy documentary films. There is a career retrospective and documentary masterclass from India's premiere documentary filmmaker, Anand Patwardhan, with four films curated by Mark Cousins. The festival has noted special programming around several themes. There will be streams of art docs, LGBT docs, docs with musical subjects, and films about the Middle East.
Ten of the fest's World Premeires include: Penny Woolcock’s "On The Streets;" Adam Low’s "Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art;" John Bridcut’s "Elgar: The Man Behind the Mask;" Vikram Jayanti’s "Rolf Harris Paints His Dream;" Laura Fairrie’s "Battle for Barking;" Gemma Atwal’s "Marathon Boy;" Jerry Rothwell’s "Donor Unknown;" and David Sington’s "The Flaw."
For the complete lineup, visit the Sheffield Doc/Fest website here.