This week's film events previews

Sheffield Doc/Fest | Filmstock | The UK Jewish Film Festival | 11th bfm International Film Festival

Filmstock, Luton

After 11 great years, it is the end of the line for this great, affordable festival. Going out with a bang, Filmstock offers a huge array of eclectic shorts – including the adorable Love Child, (pictured) – plus a terrific lineup of features (don't miss the Kaufman-esque opening film Cold Souls, starring Paul Giamatti as himself). There's also Julian Temple's Dr Feelgood doc Oil City Confidential; the Flaming Lips' surreal Christmas On Mars; and everyone's favourite mockumentary – This Is Spinal Tap – introduced by Tony Hendra AKA the band's manager Ian Faith.

The Hat Factory, Thu to 15 Nov, visit

Andrea Hubert

Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield

If you've any interest in making a documentary, not such an unattainable dream in these digital days, then this is the place to be. Doc-makers from all countries and walks of life gather here to network, learn from the always-excellent masterclasses, and show off their latest works. This also makes it the best place to go if you just want to see the films. As ever, it tackles some huge subjects – Michael Moore returns to form with Capitalism: A Love Story (pictured), but there are plenty of smaller topics (un)covered, such as Tarkovsky's fractious relationship with his cinematographer, which is exposed in Rerberg And Tarkovsky: The Reverse Side Of "Stalker". Other highlights include Winnebago Man, about the RV salesman who became a pre-internet viral star when tantrum-filled outtakes from his corporate videos did the rounds, and Tarnation director Jonathan Caouette's freeform study of the music festival All Tomorrow's Parties.

Various venues, Wed to 8 Nov, visit

Phelim O'Neill

11th bfm International Film Festival, London

Is there a better base to build upon than rock? The organisers of the 11th Black Film-makers fest don't think so, as their lineup is bookended by solid yet different types of rock. It begins with Good Hair, Chris Rock's doc about the lengths black women will go to in order to straighten their locks, and closes with The Story Of Lovers Rock, a doc about "romantic reggae". Both films are laced with a great deal of cultural and political significance, factors shared by many films on show here, such as the doc Mas Man, about carnival traditions, and the short Who Are You Wearin'?, a look at the trend among dim white celebs for adopting black babies.

Various venues, Tue to 10 Nov, visit

Phelim O'Neill

The UK Jewish Film Festival, London

At the age of 13, a Jewish boy becomes a man. Now in its 13th year, the UK Jewish Film festival also comes of age, with yet another brilliantly varied selection of films, taking in everything from barmitzvahs, forbidden love and the Holocaust to the Jewish/Muslim divide. The standout film is the Coens' brilliant new offering A Serious Man (pictured), which serves up the usual black humour with a highly personal touch. There's also a chance to see Jack Rosenthal's TV play Barmitzvah Boy – to be introduced by his widow, Maureen Lipman – and Defamation, a great doc about modern anti-Semitism, while the festival opens with a West End gala screening of comedy A Matter Of Size (Jewish sumo wrestling – enough said!).

Various venues, Mon, then 7-19 Nov, visit ukjewish

Andrea Hubert


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