The world premiere of Sean McAllister’s exploration of his changed Yorkshire hometown, A Northern Soul, is set to open the Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 7.
The doc follows Steve Arnott, a warehouse worker and hip-hop performer with big dreams, living in his Yorkshire hometown of Hull, England. A Northern Soul touches on questions of social mobility, public spending cuts, Brexit, poverty and culture.
“The world premiere of A Northern Soul is the perfect opening scene to Doc/Fest’s 25th festival edition,” said Luke Moody, director of film programming at Sheffield Doc/Fest, in a statement. “Sean’s internationally recognized cinema of rapport questions the present from a local point of view, but touches us all.
“A Northern Soul is a potent story about belonging, the value of culture for every person and offers a sense of hope and solidarity in turbulent times.”
McAllister’s previous work includes Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad and Sheffield Grand Jury Prize-winning, BAFTA-nominated A Syrian Love Story.
A Northern Soul is produced by Elhum Shakerifar and Sean McAllister for BBC2, with support from the BFI awarding funds from the National Lottery, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Sharp House.
The full line-up will be announced on May 3.
The 25th edition of the fest runs from June 7-12.