Tomorrow is the opening night of the excellent Sheffield Doc/Fest featuring a fascinating collection of films from all over the world. I'll be there - will you?

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by BobbleHat

    on 13 Jun 2013 20:24

    Looking forward to seeing your documentary and the Q&A tomorrow, sadly The Exorcist screening has sold out!

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by information1st

    on 13 Jun 2013 12:16

    @ #6. Harry Limes Shadow -

    >"I think this decade is shaping up to be The Decade of the Documentary, so it's hardly surprising to have an entire festival dedicated to them."

    I think you could very well be onto something. I was looking at "Sons of Cuba" for a very reasonable price in FOP the other day (2009). The "hot-housing" system of education is very interesting to see if it achieves results in a very narrow field but atst what effect it has on the individual growing up. Jared Diamond says in his latest book: "The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?" says he took inspiration from the child-rearing of tribes of Papua New Guinea, and let his kids make their own decisions by contrast even to the point of his sons 100-strong snake collection, until the phase wore itself out!

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by krn

    on 13 Jun 2013 10:18

    Unfortunately i wont be able to make it to the festival, although might i just add after seeing that younger version of yourself you much resembled Chris Morris.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by MiddleClassFury

    on 12 Jun 2013 15:39

    This article, in context of your most recent, has suddenly made me pine for "Man o' Steel": a Superman epic filmed in Sheffield, directed by Ken Loach, and starring Sean Bean as a working class Northern version of the last son of Krypton.

    "Is it a bird? Is it a plane? By 'eck, it's that Superman fella..."

    I'd watch it.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Aaryk Noctivagus

    on 12 Jun 2013 12:47

    If it helps, Mark... I think you look more photogenic now than you did when you were younger. Age suits you.

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by TheHalfWit

    on 12 Jun 2013 09:08

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by CORNISH DARREN FEWINS

    on 12 Jun 2013 07:35

    Shame it's on a Friday at 18:00, no chance to get there after work.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Harry Limes Shadow

    on 11 Jun 2013 19:29

    I think this decade is shaping up to be The Decade of the Documentary, so it's hardly surprising to have an entire festival dedicated to them. In recent years the most innovative and exciting films have been documentaries, think The Imposter, Searching for Sugarman, Dreams of a Life and Senna. The Oscar for 'Best Documentary Feature' has gone from being a category barely anyone cared about to one that attracts a lot of attention to the extent that every year The Kermodes have an award. For years directors used to point their camera at a subject and document what happened, and this made for quite dull predictable films. Then filmmakers like Errol Morris realised that if they just used the format to tell researched stories, the results were far more interesting.

    I can't make it to Sheffield (i live in London) but i've recently become a fan of the Curzon 'doc days' events where i'll probably get to see some of the films shown at 'doc fest'.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by R E ffolkes

    on 11 Jun 2013 19:01

    Think it'll be the Whitley Bay film festival for me, it doesn't even have a cinema but the folks who put it on put a lot of love into it. Although last years surprise screening of Alien was a bit of a groaner but i'm more than happy to support.
    Definitely want to see this super long version of this Exorcist doc(can we call it the Lamb of God version??) Surely Warners have sucked enough blood from it following the myriad dvd and blu releases over the years !! How much longer is it?? The Vercoutere stuff would be interesting especially as he passed away recently and the makeup effects always seem to overshadow the practical effects. There was a good article in Fangoria about 30 years ago if I remember rightly.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by PJ Hughes

    on 11 Jun 2013 18:03

    I shall be there as well! Just the Friday though.

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