This year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest will feature energetic portraits of dance, music and contemporary culture in the Doc/Rhythm film strand, plus at the Festival’s parties and talks, special guests and live appearances will celebrate resistance, subculture and 50 Years of the Sexual Offences Act.
A number of world premieres in the film program feature stories from the music scene – Roy Gurwitz will attend for Sofia Ollins’ Lost In Vagueness; the raw, energetic world of Jamaican Dancehall culture is explored in Bruk Out!, followed by a Dancehall Dance Class with one of the film participants in Tudor Square; and director Yony Leyser will attend for Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution about the 1980s queer fanzine scene and features the stories of Kim Gordon, Peaches, Kathleen Hanna and more. This year a celebration of queer and subculture runs throughout the Festival from opening night Queerama by Daisy Asquith followed by a short performance from John Grant and parties with DJs Cate Le Bon, Jonny Slut and performance by Skinny Girl Diet.
Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander will also appear at the Festival to talk about his BBC 3 documentary: Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay (working title) which explores why the gay community can be vulnerable to mental health issues and talks about his own long-term battle with depression.
Also ahead of the World Premiere at Sadler’s Wells later in June, the Festival will present a Special Work-in-Progress Preview of 8 Minutes by Alexander Whitley Dance Company featuring a stunning installation of high-definition imagery from BAFTA award-winning visual artist Tal Rosner, and a specially created score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl.