Sheffield DocFest 2008

The biggest and most contravesial docs of the year have been unabashed sports docs uniting sports fans and lamens alike. The drama can’t be beaten and the characters are always bigger than life.

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Ma Bar and Standing Start
Jesus Loves You (Country: Germany; Year: 2008; Director: Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck, Michaela Kirst, Matthias Luthardt), Official Site
Christian Fundamentalists journey to the 2006 World Cup to preach to the unconverted.
The John Akii Bua Story: An African Tragedy (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Daniel Gordon)
Biography of 1972 Munich Olympic champion.
Junior (Country: Canada; Year: 2007; Director: Isabelle Lavigne, Stephane Thibault), Official Site
Sports documentary about ice-hockey players and those who scheme on their excellence.
The King Of South Shields (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Tina Gharavi), Official Site
Muhammad Ali's cultural identity leads to an exploration of Arab and Muslim culture.
Ma Bar (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Adrian McDowall, Finlay Pretsell; Stars: Bill McFadyen)
What drives a 73-year-old powerlifting champion?
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Tyson and Thriller In Manila
Solo (Country: Australia; Year: 2008; Director: David Michod, Jen Peedom)
One man's attempt to make a solo kayak crossing from Tasmania to New Zealand.
Sprinters (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Sam Blair)
An exploration of top-level athletes.
Standing Start (Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Finlay Pretsell, Adrian McDowall; Writer: Des Dillon; Stars: Craig MacLean)
Documenting world champion Craig MacLean's preparation for a cycle race.
Thriller In Manila (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: John Dower)
Joe Frazier tells his side of the story of his legendary fight against Muhammad Ali.
Tyson (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: James Toback; Writer: James Toback; Stars: Mike Tyson), Official Site
Intimate portrait of the heavyweight boxer.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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