Sir Bradley Wiggins, Kate Nash and Werner Herzog join Doc/Fest line-up

Sheffield Doc/Fest has announced the full line-up for its 26th festival, with this year’s theme ‘Ways of Seeing’ inspired by John Berger’s television series and book of the same name.

Lancashire-based cycling legend Sir Bradley Wiggins will give the Channel 4 interview talking about his new documentary Bradley Wiggins: Tour De Flight – seven years after winning the Tour De France. Now, he’s preparing to break a very different kind of record: peddling his way across the English Channel from England to France in a human-powered aircraft.

Revered German filmmaker Werner Herzog has also been added to the talks programme alongside a screening of Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin. Hosted by BBC Two’s Patrick Holland, this is a chance to see one of the 20th century’s most charismatic writers and a revealing personal insight into the imagination and obsessions of one of the world’s most visionary directors. Director of film programming Luke W. Moody said: “On the big screen we take and show risk that inspires, share difference that connects, exhibit possibilities that propel. These true stories leak sweetness, brood on injustice and thump with rhythm of the present. Alongside celebrating masters of non-fiction cinema we place particular emphasis on new talent and images of youth: spirited energies, hearts and voices calling for change, for inclusion, for a better world that is theirs to inherit.”

Kate Nash will be performing live following the screening of Amy Goldstein’s Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl – in which the singer shares her experiences of navigating a sexist industry having been dropped by her record label for being too punk.

Interim director of Doc/Fest Melanie Iredale said: “This year’s Doc/Fest celebrates local talent, internationalism, creativity and discovery; looking at the world with new eyes and giving a platform to a multitude of voices and ideas. I am so excited today to be unveiling a line-up of 180+ Films and 28 Alternate Realities projects – from over 50 countries around the world, and over 50% of which are made by women. Live Events will feature music to voguing to social experiment; guests ranging from Asif Kapadia to Ai Weiwei to The Slumflower to Werner Herzog to Stacey Dooley. Artist Charlotte Jarvis will grow ‘female’ sperm! Only at Doc/Fest.”

The six-day festival and all-year activity consists of events across five programme areas:

FILM – New cinema, film and artist’s moving image, performance and live event

ALTERNATE REALITIES – immersive, interactive digital art

TALKS – Masterclasses, summits and panels

MARKETPLACE – Industry, talent, training and pitching

SOCIAL – Parties and networking

For the full line-up, head over to the website .

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 will take place from 6-11 June. 

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