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Sheffield Doc/Fest announces first events for 2013 festival

SheffdocfestJune festival organisers Sheffield Doc/Fest have announced the first line-up of guests for its 20th Anniversary. With over 75 conference sessions and masterclasses the 2013 version of the festival is said to become a great one. Co-presented by Documentary Campus here are some of the first sessions made public.

The BBC Interview: Janice Hadlow and Sue Perkins

BBC Two Controller Janice Hadlow will be in conversation with Sue Perkins discussing Hadow’s documentary work and the changes she has brought to the BBC Two schedule.

The Best of BUG: The Evolution of Music Video

Comedian, video director, music video enthusiast and YouTube comment wrangler Adam Buxton brings the BFI’s sell-out music video show, BUG, to Sheffield showcasing some of the show’s recent successes.

The Channel 4 Interview: Jay Hunt

How is Channel 4 changing in its “post-Big Brother” era? As Channel 4’s chief creative officer since early 2011, Hunt is one of the most powerful women in television, and one of its biggest risk-takers. Find out about the innovative documentary and factual programmes Jay has brought to the channel, including the controversial Drugs Live and The Undateables.

Melvyn Bragg and Arts on Television

Award-winning broadcaster Melvyn Bragg gives his take on the role of the arts on television, and shows us some clips of his favourite television moments of all time.

Michael Palin in conversation with Miranda Sawyer

Travel documentary-maker Michael Palin joins Miranda Sawyer to discuss his documentary journeys to all corners of the earth. What makes Palin’s documentaries so distinctive? What inspires him? And what does he hope his audiences get out of the programmes?

On Tour with Bradley Wiggins

Director John Dower had access to all the events in Bradley Wiggin’s extraordinary year. ‘On Tour With Bradley Wiggins’ looks behind the scenes at how a film was made about the man who hates journalists and is a self-confessed loner who prefers the privacy of his own shed to company of others.

Who Do You Think You Are?: Behind the Scenes

To celebrate ten years of the classic, award-winning genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?, the show’s creator and executive producer, Alex Graham, will be joined on stage by one of the series’ directors, and a celebrity who has undergone the Who Do You Think You Are? experience.


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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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