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Sheffield Doc Fest

Following its record breaking move to a new summer slot in June, Sheffield Doc/Fest goes on tour across the UK from September to December showcasing award-winning documentaries from this year’s festival. A

Following its record breaking move to a new summer slot in June, Sheffield Doc/Fest goes on tour across the UK from September to December showcasing award-winning documentaries from this year’s festival. A selection of the Award Winners will travel to BFI Southbank, London; Lighthouse, Poole; Ritzy, Brixton; Hyde Park, Leeds; Cameo, Edinburgh; Tyneside, Newcastle upon Tyne; Harbour Lights, Southampton and Stratford East, London with further destinations to be confirmed.

Sheffield Doc/Fest on Tour comprises four feature documentaries from the festival:
Winner of the Special Jury Award – The Interrupters; Winner of the Sheffield Green Award – You’ve Been Trumped; Winner of the Sheffield Doc/Fest Audience Award – Give Up Tomorrow and Winner of the Sheffield Youth Jury Award – We Are Poets.

FEATURE FILMS

The Interrupters (2011, US, Dir. Steve James, 127min)

The Special Jury Award was awarded to Steve James’s The Interrupters, in which ex-Chicago gang members come together to fight crime. The jury praised the film’s “powerful depiction of modern day heroes”.

You’ve Been Trumped (2011, UK, Dir. Anthony Baxter, 95min)

The Sheffield Green Award was awarded to Anthony Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped, which investigates American billionaire Donald Trump’s project to build the world’s greatest golf coast on one of Britain’s last stretches of wilderness.

The jury commented, “This year’s Green Award goes to a film which exposes one of the most shocking environmental crimes in recent UK history. We hope that this award will raise awareness and hold Donald Trump to account for his environmental and social belligerence and expose the corruption and incompetence at the heart of the Scottish authorities which let this destruction go ahead”.

Give Up Tomorrow (2011, US/UK, Dir. Michael Collins, 103min)

The Sheffield Doc/Fest Audience Award went to Michael Collins’ multi award-winning Give Up Tomorrow. In 1997, Paco Larranaga’s chef studies were abruptly terminated when he was arrested for taking part in the murder of two women, 350 miles away. Director Michael Collins skilfully tells the many twists and turns of Paco’s story, in the process exposing the farcical sham that constitutes Filipino justice.

We Are Poets (2011, UK/US, Dirs. Alex Ramseyer-Bache, Daniel Lucchesi, 70min)

The Sheffield Youth Jury Award was awarded to We Are Poets, in which Sheffield-based filmmakers Alex Ramseyer-Bacheand Daniel Lucchesi follow the group Leeds Young Authors as they prepare for the most prestigious poetry slam competition in America.

The jury stated that the film “engages terrifically with a young audience, mostly because it portrays young people in a more positive light than we are used to” and added, “it best fulfils all of the necessary criteria for a cracking documentary: an interesting narrative, compelling characters and thought-provoking subject matter. More specifically it is a poignant, truthful and uplifting perspective on youth today and its potential.

DATES

BFI SOUTHBANK
Fri 9 Sep, The Interrupters
Sat 10 Sep, Give Up Tomorrow
Sat 10 Sep, We Are Poets + Q&A
Sun 11 Sep, You’ve Been Trumped +Q&A
www.bfi.org.uk <http://www.bfi.org.uk/>

LIGHTHOUSE POOLE
Tue 13 Sep, Give Up Tomorrow
Tue 11 Oct, The Interrupters
http://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/

RITZY BRIXTON
Fri 23 Sep, We Are Poets
Sat 24 Sep, Give Up Tomorrow
Sun 25 Sep, You’ve Been Trumped
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Ritzy_Picturehouse/

HYDE PARK LEEDS
Sun 2 Oct, We Are Poets
Wed 5 Oct, The Interrupters
Sun 2 Oct, Give Up Tomorrow
Sat 1 Oct, You’ve Been Trumped
http://www.hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk/

CAMEO, EDINBURGH
Mon 17 Oct, The Interrupters
Mon 24 Oct, We Are Poets
Mon 31 Oct, Give Up Tomorrow
Mon 7 Nov, You’ve Been Trumped
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Cameo_Picturehouse/

TYNESIDE NEWCASTLE
Oct 11, The Interrupters
Oct 13, Give Up Tomorrow
Oct 18, You’ve Been Trumped
Oct 20, We Are Poets
http://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/

HARBOUR LIGHTS, SOUTHAMPTON
22 Oct, The Interrupters
23 Oct, We Are Poets
27 Oct, You’ve Been Trumped
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Harbour_Lights/

STRATFORD EAST, LONDON
17 Nov, Give Up Tomorrow
1 Dec, We Are Poets
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Stratford_London/

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com

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