This year's music strand welcomes Brett Morgen's successful Nirvana documentary Cobain: Montage of Heck as well as the Netflix-backed What Happened, Miss Simone?, a tribute to the troubled soul singer from director Liz Garbus. More enticing still is the European premiere of Jessica Edwards' Mavis!, a bio-doc on the titular gospel icon, which can be taken in by audience's al fresco in the surrounds of Sheffield's classic Victorian Botanical Gardens. As ever, events are one of Doc/Fest's main draws and this year the festival will honour the work of the late cinéma vérité pioneer Albert Maysles (his daughter, Rebekah, will discuss her father's legacy with director of programming and industry engagement Claire Aguilar following a preview of his final feature Iris) plus a John Akomfrah retrospective celebrating the English polymath's vital filmography exploring ideas of identity and race.
Mark Atkin, Acting Sheffield Doc/Fest director said of this year's lineup: "In recent years Doc/Fest has seen more and more documentary fans engaging with the festival and coming through its doors - last year over 26,000 people attended festival events, including 12,000 to the Interactive Exhibition at the Millennium Gallery. Doc/Fest is very lucky that Sheffield has so many incredible spaces within the city centre, which has enabled us again this year to showcase even more cutting-edge documentary across all platforms, including bringing a record 150 docs to the city’s cinema screens, collaborating for the first time with the Site Gallery with the Virtual Reality Arcade and again with the Millennium Gallery for the Interactive Exhibition, plus working with the University of Sheffield to bring Heather Phillipson to the iconic Castle House."
Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place from 5-10 June 2015. For more info about Sheffield Doc/Fest visit sheffdocfest.com.