2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest Underway With Two IFB Titles in Official Selection and Five IFB Projects in the MeetMarket


2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest Underway With Two IFB Titles in Official Selection and Five IFB Projects in the MeetMarket

Posted: 8th June 2018

The 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest is currently underway with two IFB documentaries screening in Official Selection — Maurice Sweeney’s I, Dolours and Feargal Ward’s The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid — as well as five IFB titles pitching at the MeetMarket

Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. The festival also plays host to the MeetMarket — world's largest documentary and factual markets and the flagship pitching opportunity at Doc/Fest. 

Maurice Sweeney’s I, Dolours presents one woman’s story of life and death in the IRA. In 2009, Dolours Price, militant IRA activist, hunger striker and vocal opponent of the peace process gave an interview on condition that it not be broadcast in her lifetime. For the first time her shocking story can be told, entirely in her own words. Dolours was a ruthless terrorist but also a charismatic, loving mother, sister, friend. She was passionate, fragile, dogmatic, tortured.

Apart from the insight into the IRA and the descent into hell of Northern Ireland this film offers a rare glimpse into the pathway to radicalisation of an intelligent young woman — the motivation and excitement leading to violence and ultimately despair.  It is a story which is is more relevant today than ever.  The documentary is produced by Ed Moloney and Nuala Cunningham for New Decade TV.

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid tells the story of Thomas Reid, a Co. Kildare farmer who, for years, has been locked in a gruelling battle with his neighbour — U.S. microchip manufacturer, Intel who want to expand into Reid’s land. When his farm in Leixlip was the subject of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA), Thomas decided to risk everything by challenging the state body in a battle through the courts.

Produced by Luke McManus of FSE Films, the film presents a unique insight into Reid’s struggle to hold onto his lands and home in the face of considerable odds.

This year's Doc/Fest will also see the following IFB titles pitching the MeetMarket, which will take place during the festival on 11 and 12 June:

All the Numbers
Director Ross Whitaker
Producer Aideen O’Sullivan
Irish Production Company Black Sheep Productions

Original Machines
Director David Burke, 
Sean O’Cualain
Producer David Burke
Irish Production Company Dot Television 

Piano Dreams
Director Gary Lennon     
Producer Raymond McCormack
Irish Production Company Gambit Pictures

The Good Father
 Neasa Ní Chianáin
Producer David Rane
Irish Production Company Soilsiu Films

The Million Dollar Pigeon Race  
Director Gavin Fitzgerald
Producer Andrew Freedman
Irish Production Company Venom Films

I Dolours and The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid join two other Irish titles — Callum Macrae’s The Ballymurphy Precedent and Anna Frances Ewert’s Lovers of the Night — screening at the prestigious festival.

The 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest is currently underway and runs until 12 June. For more information, please click here