Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

The 22nd Aldeburgh Documentary Festival is a distinctive combination of world-class documentaries, illuminating discussions and debate which has seen audiences increase threefold over the past four years, making this weekend one of the most successful public-facing celebrations of the art and craft of documentary film making in Britain today.


Opening Night:  Friday 4 November 2016 at 7.00pm – ANTS ON A SHRIMP (rec PG)

The astonishing team of the World’s Best Restaurant, Copenhagen’s NOMA, goes to Tokyo and the heart of Japanese culture. 

Reception before the screening with treats for taste buds and other senses including Shrimp Cocktail, Prosecco and speciality chocolate bars from Holland (Thank You Very Much Maurice Dekkers and ‘Chocolonely’). 

After the screening: the film’s director, Maurice Dekkers, in conversation with British chef, restaurateur and journalist Rowley Leigh, hosted by food writer and broadcaster Henrietta Green


Saturday 5 November 2016 at 10.30am - JOANNA LUMLEY Live on Stage

JOANNA LUMLEY discusses her travel film work with particular emphasis on her latest foray to Japan. Expect the unexpectedly illuminating and inspiring and meet a true British National Treasure.

Please note that this session is now fully booked. Please contact us for entry onto Waiting List where ‘Friends of the Aldeburgh Cinema’ get priority.


Saturday 5 November 2016 at 11.30am - PRIMARY (rec PG)

 ‘The key modern American documentary’ - The New Yorker. The close-fought battle between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey in 1960. Part 1 of ‘US American Politics & Classic Documentary’.


Saturday 5 November 2016 at 2.00pm - THE WAR ROOM (PG)

Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, magnificently captured by D A Pennebaker. ‘A revealing film and an invaluable document’ – The New York Times. Part 2 of ‘US American Politics & Classic Documentary’.


Saturday 5 November 2016 at 3.00pm - ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY (rec 12A)

Poet Robert Bly’s singular path from Minnesota farm boy to radical anti-Vietnam War activist to wild man of the 1990’s men’s movement and bestselling author of ‘Iron John – A Book About Men’.

After the screening: Harry Burton, the film’s producer in conversation with Ruth Padel, Poet, and Dariane Pictet, Poetry Editor and Psychotherapist.


Saturday 5 November 2016 at 5.00pm - THE FOG OF WAR – ELEVEN LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF ROBERT S. MCNAMARA (PG)

‘Best Documentary’ Oscar winner 2003. ‘A bracingly intelligent documentary that treats its audience like grown-ups and has the force and sinew of real history and real politics’ – The Guardian. Part 2 of ‘US American Politics & Classic Documentary’.


Saturday 5 November 2016 at 7.00pm - LIFE, ANIMATED (rec PG)

A hot Oscar 2017 tip and a gorgeous feel-good film about one family’s unconditional love and care, the power of Disney movies and a proud young autistic man. 

 

Saturday 5 November 2016 at 8.45pm - GEORDIE JAZZ MAN (rec 15) British Premiere!

With Eric Burdon, Wynton Marsalis, Mike Figgis and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Greg Hicks feature in this film that is an atmospheric celebration of an eccentric man, the jazz movement but mainly of a never say die contrary spirit which ‘Geordie Jazz Man’ Keith Crombie personified.

Screening in the presence of Abi Lewis, the film’s director and goddaughter of Keith Crombie, and crew members James Cook, Barbara Zosel and Lucie Warrington. We hope Mike Figgis will also be able to attend.


Sunday 6 November 2016 at 10.30am - INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE (rec 12A)

Presented by the BBC’s NICK ROBINSON and filmmakers NORMA PERCY and PAUL MITCHELL, with STEVEN ERLANGER, London Bureau Chief of the New York Times 

With extracts from Percy and Mitchell’s acclaimed BBC series INSIDE OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE this is an in-depth panel look into the American presidential election which takes place on 8 November, just two days after the Documentary Festival closes.

Please note that this session is now fully booked. Please contact us for entry onto Waiting List where ‘Friends of the Aldeburgh Cinema’ get priority.


Sunday 6 November 2016 at 11.00am - THULE TUVALU (rec PG) British Premiere!

Two opposing locales illustrate the consequences of climate change in this poetic and distinctly human film that shows us it is not just the environment but culture, community and humanity that is under threat. Part 1 of the ‘Our Environment’ programme strand.


Sunday 6 November 2016 at 2.00pm - TEN BILLION (PG)

Written and presented by one of the world's foremost scientists, Professor Stephen Emmott, this is a wake-up call to an unprecedented planetary emergency. Part 2 of the ‘Our Environment’ programme strand.


Sunday 6 November 2016 at 3.00pm - OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DOCUMENTARY: LOUIS THEROUX In Conversation with JOHN SERGEANT

Illustrated with highlights, clips and sequences from Louis’ extraordinary career

Please note that this session is now fully booked. Please contact us for entry onto Waiting List where ‘Friends of the Aldeburgh Cinema’ get priority.


Sunday 6 November 2016 at 4.15pm - SEARCHING FOR ALI WALLACE (rec PG)

Presented by eminent local scientist and environmentalist Lord Cranbrook this tells the story of Ali Wallace, Indonesian field assistant of 19th-century British scientist Alfred Russel Wallace. Lord Cranbrook will provide an introduction and after-screening Q&A about Alfred Russel Wallace and Indonesia. Part 3 of the ‘Our Environment’ programme strand.


Closing Night: Sunday 6 November 2016 at 7.00pm - SUNAKALI – TEENAGE GIRLS JOURNEY TO GLORY (rec PG)

An utterly charming, authentic, illuminating film about teenage girls playing football in the remotest parts of the planet’s highest mountains, the Himalayas. Winner of numerous international awards. 

Reception before the screening with treats including sausage rolls, crisps and speciality chocolate bars from Holland courtesy of Maurice Dekkers and ‘Chocolonely’. Please visit our website for updates on football guests. Group discounts are available for football teams!


For all programme details and ticket purchase information please visit the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival website aldeburghdocfest.com 

Documentary Festival information is also available on the Aldeburgh Cinema website www.aldeburghcinema.co.uk , or call the Box Office team on 01728 454884 during regular opening hours.


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