Director Michael Moore will attend the festival for the first time since 1998.
Oscar-winning documentarian Michael Moore will attend this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15) to open the festival with his latest polemic, Where To Invade Next.
The film, which will get its UK premiere at Doc/Fest’s 23rd edition on the same day it gets its UK release through Dogwoof, sees Moore play the role of invader as he tours the globe to learn how the US can improve itself.
The director, returning to the festival for the first time since 1998, will take part in an on-stage interview following the screening.
This year’s Doc/Fest will also feature an in conversation event with actress and activist Joanna Lumley, who will recall her career in film and television at the city’s famous Crucible Theatre.
Known for her role as Patsy in comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, Lumley is also a seasoned documentary presenter, having fronted films on subjects ranging from the Northern Lights to the Trans-Siberian railway.
The festival will also host the UK premiere of hybrid-documentary Notes On Blindness following its world premiere at Sundance, where Screen’s review described it as “elegant, evocative and deeply affecting”.
Pete Middleton and James Spinney’s film, which uses actors to lip sync the audio diaries of writer and theologian John Hull after he goes blind just days before the birth of his first son, was originally pitched at Sheffield’s MeetMarket in 2012
The full programme for Sheffield Doc/Fest will be revealed in May.