Doc/Fest announce Opening Night Film & Accommodation for 2018

Doc/Fest announce Opening Night Film & Accommodation for 2018

21 April 2018

Sheffield's Doc/Fest, have announced the Opening Night Film for the 25th Edition of the festival, taking place 7–12 June 2018. 

Winner of the 2015 Doc/Fest Grand Jury Prize with A Syrian Love Story, internationally renowned, Yorkshire-born director Sean McAllister will bring the World Premiere of A Northern Soul, plus Q&A to open the festival on Thursday 7 June. 

McAllister returns to his Yorkshire hometown as creative director of the opening ceremony of the UK City of Culture celebrations; living back with his 90 year-old parents, McAllister reflects on the changes to a city hit by cuts in public spending and divided by Brexit and where more than 1 in 3 children are living in poverty. Drawn to the fringes of town, McAllister meets Steve, a struggling warehouse worker by day and hip-hop performer by night, with a dream...

Director Sean McAllister is known for his candid, frank films, depicting with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, struggling to make sense of the world we live in. From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998), Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad (2004) and Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008) to his more recent successes, The Reluctant Revolutionary and Sheffield Grand Jury Prize winning, BAFTA nominated A Syrian Love Story (2015), Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences.

Prior to the Opening Night Film, festival-goers will also get the opportunity to join a Preview Reception of the Alternate Realities Exhibition, and following the premiere there will also be a celebration to mark the 25th Edition of Sheffield's international documentary festival with Opening Night Drinks.

The full line-up for the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 programme will be announced on Thursday 3 May. For more information go to

Discounted Accomodation- bookings now open
Each year Sheffield Doc/Fest work with Marketing Sheffield to offer discount hotel rates at a number of hotels across the city. For more information and to access the discounted hotel rates for 2018 please click here. Please note that reservations can be made through Marketing Sheffield until 10 May.