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Irish Documentary Centre-Stage at Sheffield Doc Fest

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Crash and Burn

The programme has been announced for Sheffield Doc Fest 2016 and includes a strong Irish presence with four Irish Film Board-funded documentaries in the mix. Crash and Burn, Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Mattress Men and The Land of the Enlightened will screen as part of the flagship documentary festival which takes place this June.

The world premiere will take place in Sheffield of Crash and Burn, written and directed by Seán Ó Cualáin (Men at Lunch). This film charts the rise and fall of Drogheda’s Tommy Byrne who for a fleeting moment in the early 80’s, was the world’s greatest driver.

Following its world premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto earlier this week, Bobby Sands: 66 Days will screen in Sheffield. Written and directed by Brendan J Byrne, this film tells the story of the Northern Irish hunger striker who grabbed the attention of the whole world in 1981.

Also fresh from its world premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto is Mattress Men directed by Colm Quinn. In an attempt to save his struggling mattress selling business, sixty-something Michael Flynn reinvents himself as the eccentric online persona ‘Mattress Mick’, under the guidance of his good friend Paul Kelly.

Having scooped the World Cinema Cinematography Award, Documentary at Sundance in January, and following a screening at Hot Docs, The Land of the Enlightened is an Irish co-production directed by Pieter-Jan De Pue. It centres around Bagram Airfield – the bastion of U.S. military in Afghanistan – where exists a wartime economy that is run and controlled entirely by children

In addition, two Irish Film Board funded projects have been selected from hundreds of applicants for the MeetMarket at Sheffield Doc Fest. This offers extensive marketplace opportunities for selected participants from across the world. Hundreds of executives, distributors, commissioners, funders, advisors and buyers from documentary and cross-platform attend. The selected projects are Bullock Rock (Directed by Joel Conroy and produced by Besom Productions and Inis Films) and It’s Not Yet Dark (Directed by Frankie Fenton and produced by Lesley McKimm and Kathryn Kennedy).

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary. It is a hub for all documentary and factual content across all platforms, from feature length to shorts, and including interactive and virtual reality projects. The festival takes place this year from June 10th to 15th.