Martin Scorsese premiere for Sheffield Doc/Fest
- 8 May 2014
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
Director Martin Scorsese's documentary about The New York Review of Books is to get its world premiere at this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest.
A 50 Year Argument, co-directed by Scorsese and David Tedeschi, charts how the journal has reflected American culture since its launch in 1963.
It will be screened as part of the documentary film festival in June.
Other premieres include Alex Holmes' Stop At Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story and Kim Longinotto's Love Is All.
Love Is All, which examines the big screen's depiction of love and courtship over the past century and has a soundtrack by Sheffield musician Richard Hawley, will be screened at the historic Chatsworth House.
Hawley's former band Pulp will be the subjects of the opening night film on 7 June. Pulp: A Film About Life Death and Supermarkets tells the story of their final concert in the city in 2012.
The festival, which was launched in 1994, has gained a reputation as one of the leading showcases of documentary films from around the world.
This year's line-up also includes Thomas Balmes' Happiness, about a mountain village in Bhutan getting electricity and television for the first time, which will be screened in a Peak District cave known as the Devil's Arse.
South Africa spotlight
Miners Shot Down, about the 2012 massacre when South African police shot dead 34 striking miners, will be among a strand of films to throw the spotlight on South Africa.
Other world premieres will include The Last Man On The Moon, which tells the story of former astronaut Captain Eugene Cernan, who will attend the festival; and One Rogue Reporter, written and directed by disillusioned tabloid hack Rich Peppiatt.
Speakers will include artists Grayson Perry and Jeremy Deller, film-maker John Pilger, musician Brian Eno and Arts Council England chairman Peter Bazalgette.
The event will close on 12 June with pop band Saint Etienne performing a live soundtrack to Paul Kelly's film How We Used To Live, which weaves together footage of London from the 1950s to the '80s.