Down at the studio right now for a coffee and to update the blog, easing myself into the festival today.

Haven't been able to do much on my phone in between films and talks which is why I've not been able to keep up with the blog very well - it's all go this year for me, I've already met some really nice people and I've caught up with people I met last year too.

The digital ticket system is working beautifully and is way better than having to turn up super early to The Hubs in order to get paper tickets.

The only downside is that the Doc/Fest app doesn't show you the tickets you have or allow you to request tickets - you have to do that separately via the website.

Hopefully they'll update the app for next year and really streamline the ticket process and the My Doc/Fest features.

I'm going to see Maxine Peake: My Desert Island Docs later at the Crucible; I've always really liked her and she's such a versatile actress.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is thrilled to welcome the acclaimed Salford-based actress and writer [Maxine Peake](http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0668845" target="_blank) to the Festival for the first time. Talking to Guardian journalist Simon Hattenstone Maxine will discuss her love of documentary film and those docs that have inspired her life, her sense of humour, work and politics. Her wide-ranging career - spanning TV, theatre and film - includes Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies, Shameless, The Village and Silk and the recent BBC drama Three Girls set in Rochdale. In recent years, at the Royal Exchange Manchester, she has played the title roles of Hamlet and Miss Julie. Her next project Funny Cow is set in Sheffield against the backdrop of a working men’s club in the 1970s.

I also want to hit the Channel 4 party later this evening at [CODE:](http://codesheffield.com" target="_blank) - Bernard was going to join me but he can't get into either of these unfortunately.

My first screening of the day is [Soldier (2017)](https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6294?day=4" target="_blank), 12:15 at The Showroom.

A cinematic portrait of a young Argentinian man who decides to join the army to make his mother happy. He also becomes the drummer in the band. His everyday life is now a combination of performing military training, band practice and banal duties. What is the purpose of the army, 40 years after the dictatorship? What is the role of a soldier in a country without wars?


Before I head out to this screening; I'm watching [Ouaga Girls (2017)](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6107396" target="_blank) on Doc/Player as I was unable to get to the screening of this film the other day.

A group of young women from Ouagadougou study at a girl school to become car mechanics. The class mates becomes their port of safety, joy and sisterhood, all while they are going through the life changing transition into becoming adults in a country boiling with political changes.

Doc/Player is a fantastic feature for delegates and allows you to catch up on many of the documentaries screened at the festival, it runs on through to 28th July which is really cool.


At the screening for Soldier with a pint of Doc/Fest Pale by Thornbridge.


I've chosen the 8oz Burger Company for a big, dirty burger as the Indian food ice cream van isn't around the Doc/Fest Exchange today - boo!

Soldier was ok; too long and drawn out though. This seems to be a recurring theme with documentaries and I often think that a good film could be a great film if the edit was a bit tighter.

I liked some of the cinematography in Soldier, there was a few things in there that I wouldn't do but having seen it work well I think I'll change my mind in the future if it fits the film.


I've decided to have a wander around to see what's going on elsewhere at Doc/Fest, take it easy for a bit and chat to a few people around the Doc/Fest Exchange.


Down at Tamper Sellers Wheel for the BFI Fund pitch drinks reception.


Now over at the ITV Drinks at The Crucible before I head in to see Maxine Peake: My Desert Island Docs.

Spoke to some fantastic people at the BFI Fund pitch drinks reception, Natasha Jarvis from [Open Focus Films](http://openfocusfilms.com" target="_blank) up in York and the director of Brexitannia; Timothy George Kelly.


Got another front-row seat ready to see the wonderful Maxine Peake.


Down to CODE: now for the Channel 4 Party.