The 22nd ALDEBURGH DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November 2016
A warm welcome to the 22nd Aldeburgh Documentary Festival and a splendid weekend filled with film, fabulous guests, entertainment, enlightenment, and a range of treats for all senses.
We came of age last year and hope our varied programme reflects our growing expertise and reach, with household names and marvellous stories. Some of the films may be familiar from recent TV airings, like INSIDE OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE and JOANNA LUMLEY'S JAPAN TWO-PARTER, but everything we bring you deserves to be seen on the big screen, and there is the added bonus of the filmmakers being present to tell you more. We will be looking at some of the rarest food in the world in ANTS ON A SHRIMP, at a remarkable return from a locked in state for an autistic boy in LIFE, ANIMATED, and we return to a theme we have followed at earlier festivals with the charming SUNAKALI – TEENAGE GIRLS JOURNEY TO GLORY which celebrates the joy and therapeutic power of girls’ football. We are delighted to present ROBERT BLY - A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY in conjunction with the ‘Poetry in Aldeburgh’ Festival.
LOUIS THEROUX makes a welcome return to Aldeburgh to receive our Outstanding Contribution to Documentary Award, and we are delighted to present a full programme of films to complement the main house in our Studio Pop-Up Screen, including the British Premiere of GEORDIE JAZZ MAN about the maverick proprietor of Newcastle's Jazz Café. Three Studio screenings look back at five decades of US American Politics and Classic Documentary, and there also is a dedicated ‘Our Environment’ programme strand, ending with the debut performance of local resident LORD CRANBROOK in a film about his personal hero Alfred Wallace, co-discoverer of the Theory of Evolution. You will find all details in this programme.
Documentary is an art form that gives us back time in an age where everything moves so fast. Great documentary allows us to pause and look more deeply at the world and to learn and grow through its insights. Like all true art it helps us to form our own opinion.
Come and join us, enjoy the films, the people, discussion, and great hospitality.
Thomas Gerstenmeyer, Executive Director
Marc Vlessing, Festival Chair
Chris Harris, Programme Advisor
Opening Night Friday 4 November 2016 at 7.00pm
ANTS ON A SHRIMP (rec PG)
Netherlands 2015. 93 mins. English language
Director: Maurice Dekkers
Reception for all ticket holders with treats for taste buds and other senses before the screening
After the screening: the film’s director, Maurice Dekkers, in conversation with British chef, restaurateur and journalist Rowley Leigh
An eye-opening, mouth-watering film that follows the astonishing team of the World’s Best Restaurant, Copenhagen’s NOMA, to Tokyo and the heart of Japanese culture.
Saturday 5 November 2016 at 10.30am
JOANNA LUMLEY Live on stage
Hot on the heels of her astonishing success with Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie JOANNA LUMLEY discusses her travel film work with particular emphasis on her latest foray to Japan. Expect the unexpectedly illuminating and inspiring!
and inspiring, and meet a British National Treasure!
Saturday 5 November 2016 at 3.00pm
ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY (rec 12A)
USA 2015. 81mins
Director: Haydn Reiss
ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY is a wonderful film about the life and work of the bestselling author of ‘Iron John: A Book About Men’, revealing Bly’s journey from Minnesota farm boy to global troubadour and one of the world’s most influential poets, social activists and cultural troublemakers. The event is presented in conjunction with the ‘Poetry in Aldeburgh’ Festival 2016.
After the screening: Harry Burton, the film’s producer and participant in Iron John camps, in conversation with Ruth Padel, Poet, and Dariane Pictet, Poetry Editor and Psychotherapist
MARK RYLANCE recommends ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY
Saturday 5 November 2016 at 7.00pm
LIFE, ANIMATED (rec PG)
USA 2016. 91mins.
Director: Roger Ross Williams
LIFE, ANIMATED is a hot Oscar 2017 tip and a gorgeous feel-good film about one family’s unconditional love and care, Disney movies and a proud young autistic man.
Find the lovely trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n7fosK9UyY&mc_cid=3d760e8b2c&mc_eid=11f3262fa6
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
This highly topical main session features extracts from Percy and Mitchell’s acclaimed BBC series INSIDE OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE and includes an in-depth panel look into the American presidential election which takes place on 8 November, just two days after the Documentary Festival closes.
Outstanding Contribution to Documentary
Sunday 6 November 2016 at 3.00pm
LOUIS THEROUX In Conversation (rec 12A)
Illustrated with highlights, clips and sequences from Louis’ extraordinary career
Louis Theroux is a BBC television presenter best known for making documentaries that investigate fascinating worlds and lifestyles. Over more than fifteen years, using a gentle questioning style and an informal approach, he has shone light on some of the world’s most intriguing beliefs, behaviours, and institutions by getting to know the people at the heart of them. In the course of his career, Louis has scored a number of journalistic scoops, and has won two BAFTAs, an RTS award, and a Bulldog award, not to mention numerous nominations.
We are thrilled to welcome Louis Theroux back to Aldeburgh after many years!
Closing Night Film Sunday 6 November 2016 at 7.00pm
Sunakali – Teenage Girls Journey to Glory (rec PG)
Nepal 2014. 51mins. English subtitles Director: Bhojraj Bhat
An utterly charming, authentic, illuminating film about teenage girls playing football … in the remotest parts of the planet’s highest mountains, the Himalayas!
Out of the remote Mugu region in Western Nepal where there isn’t a single field large enough to host a game, a truly inspiring team of young female football players emerges, throwing some long-overdue contrasting light upon their multi-millionaire professional counterparts.
STUDIO Pop-Up SCREEN
SPONSORED by the WHITE LION
Saturday 5 November 2016
‘US American Politics & Classic Documentary’
To complement our Sunday Session INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE we look back at US American politics since the 1960s by way of three classic documentaries that in their very own way shaped both the art and craft of documentary film and their subject matter of politics. Brief intro to every screening.
Saturday 5 November 2016
‘Great British Independent Filmmaking’
8.45pm GEORDIE JAZZ MAN (rec 15) 52mins British Premiere!
In the presence of Abi Lewis, the film’s director and goddaughter of ‘Geordie Jazz Man’ Keith Crombie. Crew members James Cook and Lucie Warrington. Interviewees in the film Greg Hicks & Mike Figgis TBC
Saturday 6 November 2016
4.15pm LORD CRANBROOK presents I AM ALI WALLACE (PG) 40mins British Premiere!
Sessions 1 to 7
£14 Friends of the Aldeburgh Cinema
£10 Students & Under 18’s
STUDIO Pop-Up SCREEN
Supported by the White Lion
£9 Friends of the Aldeburgh Cinema
£7 Students & Under 18’s
The STUDIO Pop-Up SCREEN is located on the 1st floor of the building and accessible through the staircase from the cinema foyer. Please note there is no disabled access to the 1st floor. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Only available for MAIN THEATRE Sessions 1 – 7.
Strictly limited number.
Telephone and personal purchase only. We apologise for any inconvenience
£95 Friends of the Aldeburgh Cinema
£65 Students & Under 18’s
The FESTIVAL PASS gives you access to all MAIN THEATRE sessions without having to produce individual session tickets.
The FESTIVAL PASS also gives you free access to all STUDIO screenings provided the events are not sold out. You might be required to wait for a brief period for confirmation of spare seating.
For all information of the 21st
Anniversary Aldeburgh Documentary Festival 2015
For all information of the 20th
Anniversary Aldeburgh Documentary Festival 2014
For further information of the 19th
Anniversary Aldeburgh Documentary Festival 2013
For further information of the 18th
Anniversary Aldeburgh Documentary Festival 2012
For further information of the 17th
Anniversary Aldeburgh Documentary Festival 2011
Nominated for the CINEMA OF THE YEAR Award 2016!