Ozwald Boateng’s A Man’s Story screens at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Ozwald Boateng

Photo: Ozwald Boateng shot by Bruno Barbazan

Having opened doors on Wednesday, Sheffield Doc/Fest is in full swing. If we’re talking highlights, we’ll start at the fashion; A Man’s Story, an Ozwald Boateng documentary 12 years in the making, screens tomorrow (Friday) at 6.25pm. I interviewed Boateng a few years back, when he was just moving into his plush Savile Row store. He’s a man of conviction and should be respected as a key operator in British fashion, so can’t wait to see the documentary. The film’s Facebook page suggests a release for later this year, so perhaps feedback from the session at Sheffield Doc/Fest will inspire a new cut (pure speculation on my part.)

A second screening is scheduled for Saturday, but it coincides with our fourth Fashion Popcorn salon, Saturday 3.45-5.15pm, so we won’t be there – and selfishly kinda hope you won’t be because you’ll be at our event. We’ll be kicking off with a showreel which illustrates the diverse possibilities of a fashion documentary. We want to examine what makes a fashion documentary, the oppportunities for creativity and also how the relationship with brands can affect the creativity of the film-maker. Sarah Graham, digital marketing manager for leading publishing company  Natmags Ltd, will be our guest panellist, joining myself, Harriet and Constance. We’ll all be stepping off the stage, joining our delegates in small group conversations mapping initial thoughts on the question of documentary and then opening the floor for a Q&A session. We’ve done the research, written the handouts, taken the betablockers and now we’re relying on the delegates to bring the party.

If you’re thinking of coming up, get yourself a delegate pass, which gives you access to a jam-packed five day programme which includes a diverse series of events, from screenings and film-maker Q&As to networking evenings and workshops. Tonight it’s the Docs + Digital Roller Disco. We’re not in Sheffield yet, but if we were, that’s where we’d be.

Sheffield Doc/Fest runs June 8-12 at various venues in Sheffield, UK. For more information and to check out the schedule, click here.


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