Members of Unite the Union Brass Band were out in force to celebrate the 20th anniversary at a Showroom cinema screening of the critically acclaimed film, the Full Monty. Former and current members of the band gathered at the cinema to recall their role in the story of former steelworkers who sought alternative employment. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to former band manager John Lee.
Next week marks 20 years since the release of The Full Monty, the low budget film set in Sheffield about former steelworkers who decided to put on a male strip show. The film went on to make millions at the international box office and created stars of many of the cast members including Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed visited the site of one of the iconic Full Monty scenes where he met with members of the Unite the union Brass Band who featured in the film.
Among many films that gained plaudits at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 is a director’s personal reflections on democracy in a climate of terror, from a Pakistani perspective. Insha’Allah Democracy tells the story of filmmaker Mohammed Naqvi, determined to use his vote in Pakistan’s nascent democracy to find a leader who can keep him safe in a time of terror attacks. He spoke with Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed.
Oscar winning director Vanessa Roth brought her new film Daughters of Destiny to Sheffield Doc/Fest ahead of its launch on Netflix this summer. Daughters of Destiny follows some of rural India’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children as they grow up in the Shanti Bhavan project. The film is an exploration of poverty, discrimination, opportunity and the search for purpose. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Vanessa Roth.
Among new films premiered at this year’s Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival is a hard hitting take on how freedom struggles are changing the world. Sheffield Doc/Fest attracts some of the biggest film makers to the city with over 3,000 people registered to participated in the five day event. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Rupert Russell, writer and director of Freedom for the Wolf.
This year’s Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival features a collection of documentary love stories, including US production For Ahkeem. Directed by Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest, the film tells the coming-of-age story of 17-year old Daje who is determined to turn her life around after a rough upbringing in St Louis. The film explores themes of teenage proverty, education and hope. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke with the directors at a question and answer session at the Light Cinema.
Doc/Fest, Sheffield’s international documentary film festival, is set to deliver another spectacular programme of events for indie and documentary film fanatics. With over 170 films on show, the festival will include immersive and interactive documentaries using virtual reality and other technologies to tell factual stories. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Dan Tucker, curator of alternative realities, and Luke Moody, director of film for Doc/Fest. The festival takes place 9-14 June at venues across the city.
The ‘Let’s Talk about Sex’ festival features musical, film screenings, discussions and cabaret, with the public invited to join the conversation. Theatre Delicatessen promises a fun and safe environment in which embarrassment can be put to one side and everyone will be talking about sex. Highlights include ‘Buzz the Musical’, a history of the vibrator, and a new version of The Vagina Monologues, presented by Shefest. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Tributes have poured in for the Chesterfield born actor, known for his roles in Alien and The Elephant Man, who has died at the age of seventy-seven. Hurt, who had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer since 2015, was describe by US director Mel Brooks as “cinematic immortality”. He recently starred as Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the biopic of the wife of President John F Kennedy’s. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Martin Carter, lecturer in stage and screen at Sheffield Hallam University and presenter of the Film Show on Sheffield Live! about the loss to the film community.
Handmade Cinema was awarded Most Innovative Organisation at the Voluntary Action Sheffield Make a Difference Awards for transforming the way young people watch films. The community cinema, founded in 2012, engages with it’s audience by creating a real life feel around the chosen film, allowing children and parents to take part in craft, film-making and other activities based on the film’s theme and ideas. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Ellie Ragdale, creative director at Handmade Cinema.