“Where to Invade Next” to open Sheffield Doc/Fest

The June festival will host the UK premiere of Michael Moore's Where To Invade Next (pictured), a talk with actor and filmmaker Joanna Lumley and the multi-platform Notes on Blindness.
March 11, 2016

The UK premiere of Michael Moore‘s Where To Invade Next (pictured) will open this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.

The film is among the first programming announcements for the 23rd annual festival, which takes place June 10 to 15 in Sheffield, UK. Moore will be on hand for the June 10 Opening Night Gala screening and participate in an on-stage interview afterwards.

The film follows Moore to Europe and the Middle East where he quizzes locals about progressive policy ideas he would like to see adopted by the U.S. Where To Invade Next bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival last September and has since opened theatrically in North America.

Sheffield will also host the UK premiere of Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s Notes on Blindness. Originally pitched at Sheffield’s MeetMarket in 2012, the film was produced by Sheffield-based Alex Usborne of 104 Films and has screened at Sundance and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

The doc recounts the experiences of late Australian-born theologian John Hull, who documented his transition into blindness in the early 1980s with an extensive audio diary. The filmmakers and members of Hull’s family will attend the screening.

The virtual reality (VR) component of the doc will also be presented during Sheffield as part of the VR exhibition at Site Gallery. Additionally, the Tribeca Film Institute’s director of digital initiatives will chair a Talks & Session program called Notes on Blindness & Into Darkness: A Film and VR Autopsy that will focus on how both the traditional doc and VR experience can stand alone as works of art in their own right.

Another marquee event this year is a conversation with actor, documentarian and activist Joanna Lumley. On June 12, the Absolutely Fabulous star will discuss her extensive film and television career, which encompasses such docs as Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure, Joanna Lumley in the Land of the Northern Lights and Joanna Lumley’s Nile.

The full Sheffield Doc/Fest program will be announced on May 4.

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