For the Saturday morning 10am slot, we are proud to announce the arts editor and presenter of the hugely popular BBC IMAGINE strand – ALAN YENTOB – who will be interviewed by novelist and screenwriter ANTHONY HOROWITZ. ALAN YENTOB has hosted every IMAGINE documentary series since 2003 – so an impressive 22 series! This engaging session will be themed around “MUSICALS” – kicking off with the screening of the brilliant IMAGINE documentary “BROADWAY MUSICALS: A JEWISH LEGACY”. This humorous and provocative film examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of many American musicals which we will all recognise (and want to sing along to!). It showcases the Gershwins, Sondheim, Berlin and Bernstein – with a wide selection of lively interviews, alongside standout performances. This session will finish with some rough new clips of Alan’s current IMAGINE documentary on CAMERON MACKINTOSH, producer of hit musicals such as CATS, LES MISERABLES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MISS SAIGON, AVENUE Q, and coming to the UK soon, HAMILTON. ANTHONY HOROWITZ will question ALAN in depth on all things “Musical”, so be sure to book EARLY to avoid disappointment.


We are very excited to announce that the talented filmmaker will be showing extracts of his award-winning documentaries Senna, Amy and never seen before extract of the documentary Maradona which is set to come out in 2018. The Aldeburgh Documentary festival will be proudly giving away the “Outstanding Contribution To Documentary” award to Kapadia this year.
Asif Kapadia’s first feature film The Warrior caught the attention of the Arts Foundation whom awarded him a fellowship in Film Directing in 2001. The film was also nominated for three BAFTA awards, winning two of them. In 2010, Kapadia’s documentary Senna on the life and death of Brazilian motor-racing champion Ayrton Senna, was the second highest grossing documentary of all time in the UK. From then Kapadia went on to direct Amy, a documentary on the life and death of singer song-writer Amy Winehouse. The film has been described as “heartbreaking” “a tragic masterpiece” “unmissable” and went on to receive 5 out of 5 ratings at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival review. It also won the Academy Award and Grammy in 2016. Amy overtook Senna and became the second highest grossing documentary of all time in the UK.



He is back by popular demand this year and will be chairing the exciting political strand at the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival.

Nick Robinson is a well renowned Journalist, former political editor for the BBC and presenter on the BBC’S Today programme. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and then worked his way up as a producer, was appointed deputy editor of Panorama before becoming a political corespondant in 1996 and the BBC’s chief political correspondent in 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 he worked for ITV news as a political editor and then returned to the BBC assuming the same role. He has presented a variety of programmes, including Westminster live, Weekend Breakfast and Late Night live on BBC Radio 5 live, and Newsnight.


The ALDEBURGH DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL is organised annually by Registered Charity, Aldeburgh Cinema Trust who also operate a cinema and festival supporters’ scheme, ‘Friends of the Aldeburgh Cinema’.



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