Joan Rivers to open Sheffield doc fest

Fly-on-the-wall feature doc to screen Nov. 3

LONDON -- Sharp-tongued comedienne Joan Rivers is expected in the Northern English steel town of Sheffield to open the city's documentary film festival in November this year.

Rivers will be put to work by organizers after the U.K. premiere of documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" opens the five day Sheffield Doc/Fest event.

The comedienne is expected to add her own sharp thoughts to a master class on the making of the feature-length documentary as well as the British bow of the film on opening night, Nov. 3.

Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg ("The Devil Came on Horseback") and filmed over the course of a year, the film is a fly-on-the-wall mix of the private and public shenanigans of Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to remain the queen of comedy.

The documentary will broadcast on Nov. 9 on Channel 4's digital channel More4.

This year's Sheffield Doc/Fest runs Nov. 3 - 7, while next year will see the event move to a new June 8 -1 2 slot .
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