Sheffield Doc/Fest has revealed that former Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman is among the celebrated figures in film and music that will be taking part in the UK documentary festival’s 2019 Doc/Rhythm strand.
Wyman (pictured) will be in conversation with filmmaker Oliver Murray whose documentary The Quiet One, reflects on the highs and lows of Wyman’s life. The film, which will be having its European premiere at the festival, features exclusive access to Wyman’s treasure trove of film footage, photographs and memorabilia that he collected throughout his life.
Veteran director Nick Broomfield, meanwhile, will celebrate his 50th year of filmmaking at Doc/Fest with the UK premiere of his latest project about the tragic love story between Lenard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love follows the early days of Cohen and Ihlen’s relationship on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in the ’60s, to how their love evolved when Cohen’s music career took off. Broomfield first met Ihlen on Hydra in 1968 where she introduced him to Cohen’s music and encouraged him to make his first film.
Elsewhere, filmmakers Vasco Viana and Rita Maia will present the international premiere of Lisbon Beat, which features a handful of diaspora musicians trying to establish their identities while residing in the suburbs of Lisbon.
Filmmaker and artist Jenn Nkiru returns to Sheffield to premiere her new-archive based short, Black To Techno, commissioned as part of the ‘Frieze x Gucci Second Summer of Love’ series, developed by producer Jacqueline Edenbrow. Nkiru’s film explores the origins and circumstances that created techno in Detroit – everything from the city’s auto history to the influence of the Motown artists.
British hip-hop artist Rodney P, who formed the London Posse in 1987, will be taking part in a conversation with producer Jaimie D’Cruz (Acme Films/Exit Through the Gift Shop), about his musical and documentary career, as well as future plans. Rodney has created a number of documentaries exploring British and global music culture, including The Hip Hop World News, The Last Pirates: Britain’s Rebel DJs and Bass, Beats and Bars: The Story of Grime.
The 2019 Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place June 6 to 11 in Sheffield, England.