David Attenborough joins Sheffield Doc/Fest line-up

The British naturalist will make his first appearance at the annual festival to participate in a discussion about his career and the future of television and media.
June 2, 2016

Sir David Attenborough has joined the line-up of speakers at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.

On June 13, the British naturalist and wildlife host will make his first appearance at the annual festival to discuss his varied career and the future of television and media.

In addition to producing, commissioning and hosting myriad wildlife programs such as Planet Earth, Attenborough has worked as the controller of BBC2 and director of programs across the BBC. In the late 1960s, he oversaw the introduction of color television in Britain and cleared the BBC’s schedule for the moon landing.

He was recently the subject of the documentary Attenborough at 90: Behind the Lens, which aired on Sky at ABC Australia.

BBC’s Natural History Unit is also working on a documentary to mark Attenborough’s 90th birthday as well as the special Light on Earth, which he will host. The pubcaster aired a week of Attenborough-related programming in early May.

Other speakers set to appear at Sheffield Doc/Fest are filmmaker Michael Moore; broadcaster and actor Reggie Yates; filmmaking couple D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus; actor, activist and documentarian Joanna Lumley and actor and director Tilda Swinton, among others.

Sheffield Doc/Fest runs from June 10 to 15.

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