Panel Discussion  |  WFTV Screening

WFTV Northern Ireland: Screening and Q&A with some of the team behind The Sheriff

11th August 2020 18:00

Tuesday 11 August | 18:00-19:00

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WFTV is delighted to host a Q&A with some of the team behind the documentary The Sheriff and offer members an exclusive opportunity to watch the film.

Chaired by Alison Millar, director and executive producer (The Changing Times of Ike White, Searching for Sherger) we’ll be hearing from the film’s director Grace Sweeney, producer Michael Fanning and location producer Sinéad Ingoldsby. The panel will be offering a behind the scenes insight into the making of this fly-on-the-wall documentary which follows the 2018 midterm elections in the US for local lawmen.

The conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A.


Fierce rivalries, rampaging ambition, and a shot at becoming the highest authority in the land. A curious look at Trump’s America through the eyes of candidates throwing their hats into the ring during the 2018 Sheriff elections. In a country where ‘all politics is local’ the battle to be Sheriff is on the frontline of a divided America. The race is on.

Watch the trailer here.


Event Schedule:

17:55: Please join the webinar

18:00-18:45: Panel discussion

18:45-19:00: Audience Q&A



Alison Millar, Documentary Filmmaker & Founder, Erica Starling Productions

Alison is one of the UK and Ireland’s most respected documentary filmmakers. She’s a BAFTA, IFTA and Prix Italia winner with a reputation for making emotionally compelling films.

Trained at the National Film and Television School, Alison then worked with Mike Leigh’s producer Simon Channing- Williams at ‘Imagine Films’ in London. She went on to make observational documentaries for BBC1, BBC2 and Channel 4 with many of the UK’s best-known Independent Companies, as well as working in-house for the BBC Documentary Department in White City.

Alison moved back to Belfast and founded Erica Starling Productions Ltd in 2010.



Grace Sweeney, Director

Grace started her career in the Northern Ireland film industry in 2004 and spent nine years working as a camera and video assistant across a range of projects including music videos, live entertainment, feature films and the multi-award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones. Over the past four years, Grace has been working as a freelance Producer/Director in factual television for national and regional broadcasters.

In 2018 Grace directed The Story of Yes, a short film to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. The film was selected to play at several festivals including The Galway Fleadh; Cork Film Festival and Filmkunstfest in Schwerin.

The Sheriff is Grace’s feature documentary directorial debut.



Michael Fanning, Producer and Managing Director, Below the Radar

Michael is an award-winning producer and director who has produced a range of current affairs and factual programmes for both network and regional broadcasters including Channel 4 News, Sky, RTE, BBC and TG4.

He currently manages all of Below The Radar’s television projects both English and Irish language as Executive Producer.

He joined Below The Radar in 2006 having spent 5 years working in news and current affairs at UTV.


Sinéad Ingoldsby, Location Producer

Sinéad has been working in the film industry since 2002. As Producer/Director she has delivered entertaining and informative programmes across a variety of genres including observational documentary, specialist factual, entertainment, arts, music, drama, current affairs, and Irish language.

Sinéad worked in-house at the BBC for seven years and as a freelancer has produced content for Channel 4, RTÉ, BBC, TG4, and UTV, as well as many online platforms.



How will the event work?

Prior to the event, WFTV members will receive a screening link to watch The Sheriff in advance of the Q&A. The Q&A will be live streamed via Viewing details will be sent via your Eventbrite confirmation.

Following the conversation there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions via the Zoom Q&A feature.


This event is for WFTV members only.

WFTV Members, please log-in to your account and sign up via the Eventbrite link below this listing

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