Sheffield Doc/Fest has revealed the full line-up of films premiering in this year’s Rhyme & Rhythm strand. The titles will screen in Sheffield and online, 4–13 June 2021.

Two big music titles on the list include the Charli XCX documentary ‘Alone Together’ by Bradley Bell and Pablo Jones-Soler and a documentary of Blondie’s experience of Cuba by Rob Roth.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is an international film and arts festival and marketplace, with a mission to spark imaginations and empower capacity for change by celebrating, championing and debating documentary film and art as a collective form of engagement.

The Rhyme & Rhythm strand is where cinema and other artforms meet, through music and performance, visual art and sport, each film offers encounters and inspirations.

Melanie Iredale, Deputy Director of Doc/Fest said, “Film has such a rich history of interacting and interweaving with other practices, and we couldn’t be more proud to announce a programme which does exactly that; and in a city in which music, theatre and art is our touchstone. We want to welcome audiences to watch – sing and dance – along with us in June, in Sheffield and online”.

Twenty films will screen as part of the section, over half of which will be World, International or European premieres.

Among others, the programme will feature

  • pop star Charli XCX in Alone Together by Bradley Bell & Pablo Jones-Soler;
  • new wave band BLONDIE: VIVIR EN LA HABANA by Rob Roth;
  • poet Joséphine Bacon in Call Me Human by Kim O’Bomsawin;
  • singer Robert Lloyd of The Nightingales and comedian/writer Stewart Lee in King Rocker by Michael Cumming;
  • counter culture icon Lydia Lunch – The War is Never Over by Beth B;
  • singer Raymonde El Bidaouia by Yaël Abecassis;
  • filmmaker Chantal Akerman in SON CHANT by Vivian Ostrovsky;
  • cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton in Avec Sonia Wieder-Atherton by Chantal Akerman;
  • and artists Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, Rupert Kinnard, Howard Cruse and Mary Wings in No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics by Vivian Kleiman.

Through the Rhyme & Rhythm programme, audiences can enjoy everything from Afro-Cuban music, chaâbi, choral singing, classical, new wave, no wave, pop, post-punk and spoken word, via cabaret and drag to comics books, drawing, opera, poetry, skating, sports and street dance.

Online industry passes are available now to filmmakers, artists, freelancers and members of the film, digital art and related communities, in the UK and internationally which give access to the Film Programme online as well as the Industry Programme.

Information on how to access the public programme of physical film screenings, exhibitions and talks in Sheffield, subject to COVID 19 guidelines, will be available on the Doc/Fest website shortly.


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