Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015; Our Highlights
Blueberry attended their first Sheffield Doc/ Fest last week. Bhavinee and Heather arrived on the Sunday afternoon and our packed schedule started right away. Cramming in as much as possible, we exhausted ourselves and had the best time!! Here are a few of our documentary highlights –
Indias Daughter – Director; Leslee Udwin
Extremely thought provoking, the story of Jyoti Singh, the girl gang-raped and murdered on a bus in Delhi in 2012. She became a national symbol and the focus of mass protests against the endemic rape culture and subjugation of women in India. Director Leslee Udwin speaks in depth to people linked to the event. Q+A’s with Leslee were explosive to say the least. We left the cinema speechless!!
Sounds of the Cosmos – Director; Stewart Campbell, Paul Crowther
A live orchestra playing alongside footage of interplanetary odysseys with commentary from astronomer Paul Crowther. It was beautiful, inspiring, calming, very magical and informative – you could have heard a pin drop!
The Hunting Ground – Director; Kirby Dick
Directed by Kirby Dick this documentary aims to uncover how on US university campuses sexual attacks on females are being covered up and the victims silenced. Talking to two inspirational women standing up to the universities. We were shocked and found the subject very frustrating.
Adam Buxton Presents: Best of BUG
The ever-poular big screen extravaganza of music video and online creativity. Hosted by Adam Buxton, showcasing a selection of awe-inspiring music videos from around the world. We thought Adam Buxton was hilarious!! We haven’t laughed like that in ages!!
Meru – Director; Elizabeth Chai
Three friends, who are among the worlds best climbers battle their own hardships and attempt to climb the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas. Funny, motivational, uplifting and inspirational. We were lucky enough to meet the director Elizabeth Chai, who happens to be married to one of the film makers and climbers Jimmy Chin.
In between watching all the amazing documentaries we enjoyed the Virtual Reality Arcade, we tried out the Virtual Reality swing – a fabulous and trippy experience. We also attended a few of the legendary Doc/Fest parties. They were in amazing locations, the BBC party was in Sheffield Cathedral! Dancing the night away with Blueberry editor Marius Grose was definitely something we won’t forget!! We loved it and are already planning to go back next year…