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Sheffield Doc/Fest Returns This Week

The popular documentary festival returns to South Yorkshire this weekend for five days of cutting edge screenings and conferences, including a number of music films.

Sheffield Doc/Fest, established in 1994 and now one of the most respected international documentary festivals, will bring its 22nd instalment this weekend June 5 -10 to the Showroom Workstation and other venues across the city. Over the course of five days the festival will play host to 150 short and feature-length documentaries as well as conferences, masterclasses and parties.

A number of music films will be screened including ‘808’, a feature-length documentary directed by Alexander Dunn exploring the origins of the iconic Roland TR-808 drum machine, which was a key feature in much of early Hip-Hop, House and Techno and whose sound has arguably shaped the sound of Pop music today. The film features interviews from Plastikman, Damon Albarn and Questlove that “offer an intimate, anecdotal history of the little game-changing machine that begat 21st century music.”

The Mike Todd directed ‘Hustlers Convention’ will be featured June 7 at the Molinare Library Theatre. It tells the story of figurehead of the ‘Last Poets’ – Jalal Mansur Nurridin aka Lightnin’ Rod, and focuses on his often overlooked but highly influential album ‘Hustlers Convention’. The film features personal accounts from many of the artists he inspired such as KRS One, MC Lyte, Ice T and Chuck D.

Other films showcased include ‘Mandela, My Dad and Me’, a documentary that follows accomplished actor and DJ Idris Elba during a turbulent year in his life and is described as a film about ‘love, loss and music’, as well as a film exploring the history of seminal 70s punks The Damned entitled ‘The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’.

Sheffield Doc/Fest runs June 5-10 across a number of venues. Visit the website for more information.