Paul Greengrass to appear at Sheffield Doc/Fest

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World-renowned director, Paul Greengrass, will be taking part in this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Greengrass will be in discussion with journalist and curator, Danny Leigh at  The Crucible.

The award-winning director will talk about his career, from starting out on Granada’s World In Action to his Hollywood success. He’ll also express his views on the need to open up the film industry to less privileged and working class talent.

“Paul Greengrass is an inspiration – a giant of British film. I’ve always been fascinated by how he has stayed true to research and realism whether working in documentary journalism or the most spectacular blockbuster movies,” said Leigh.

“His belief in people from all social backgrounds being able to play their part in the film and TV industries is yet another reason to admire him. I’m thrilled to be talking to Paul at Doc/Fest, one of the most essential film and TV festivals anywhere.”

While best known as the director of the Bourne franchise, he’s also behind Captain Phillips, Green Zone, Bloody Sunday and United 93. Most recently, he wrote and directed 22 July about the 2011 Norway attacks.

He’s also written and directed television films about Stephen Lawrence and Omagh, as well as co-writing the bestseller, Spycatcher, with Peter Wright, former assistant director of MI5.

The 2019 Festival, which takes place from 6-11 June, will also include a debate chaired by Danny Leigh about how the film and broadcast industries are responding to the pressing need for greater inclusion and more support for emerging talent working without industry connections, financial support or an educational head start.

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