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London, Tuesday 19 July, 2017: The Grierson Trust is delighted to announce the final nominations for the 45th annual British Documentary Awards, more fondly known as The Griersons. The 2017 list includes 52 films across 14 categories with Nadiya Hussain, Rich Hall, Stacey Dooley and Grayson Perry in the Best Documentary Presenter category. The awards will be presented on 6th November at a star-studded ceremony hosted by actor Stephen Mangan.

Stephen Mangan headshot

Of the 52 nominated films, 29 were broadcast on BBC channels and the broadcaster dominates the Single Documentary – Domestic, Arts, Science and Series categories. Channel 4 have six films in the running and Sky have two with Channel 5, Vice, Netflix and Nowness all with 1 nomination each. Festival, university and cinematic screenings make up the remaining 11.

 

There are 66 directors in the final cut and six filmmakers have the double honour of featuring in multiple categories.

* Pip Broughton’s moving memoire of the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, Aberfan: The Green Hollow, is nominated in both Best Single Documentary Domestic and Best Historical categories.

* Dan Edge and Lauren Mucciolo’s thoughtful analysis of the effects of prison’s toughest punishment, Last Days of Solitary, features on both Best Single Documentary – International and Best Current Affairs lists.

*Raoul Peck’s internationally acclaimed civil rights films inspired by James Baldwin’s work, I Am Not Your Negro, is in both the Best Historical and Best Cinema categories.

* Martha Delap’s Chronicles of Nadiya earns nominations in the Best Entertaining and Best Presenter categories with Nadiya Hussain’s first foray as a tv presenter.

* Finally in a Grierson rarity, Daniel Gordon finds himself in two categories for two different films: Hillsborough in Best Single Documentary – Domestic and The Fall in Best Single Documentary – International.

 

Announcing the shortlist, Chair of the Grierson Trust, Lorraine Heggessey says: “Once again our filmmakers have wowed us with an amazing array of gritty, touching and engaging films. The jurors had a challenging job with so many strong contenders in play. Our new Shorts category reflects the continuing evolution of the documentary form. Congratulations to all of our nominees and I look forward to announcing the winners in November.”

 

Host Stephen Mangan is a stage, film, television and voice actor. He began his acting career in the theatre but after appearing in the film Billy Elliot and landing the role of Adrian Mole in The Cappuccino Years, Stephen has become best known for his screen work. These roles include the title role in the television adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently, Houdini and Doyle, and Episodes with Tamsin Greig and Matt le Blanc. Next year he can also be seen starring in the new comedy series Bliss for Sky Atlantic, Hang Ups for Channel 4 and Abi Morgan’s new BBC One/AMC drama The Split.

 

Considered the Oscars of the documentary world and now in their 45th year, the Grierson Awards celebrate the best in documentary film-making. Winning a Grierson carries prestige and allure for factual filmmakers across the globe.

 

The full list of nominations 2017 is:

Splice Best Single Documentary – Domestic

Aberfan: The Green Hollow

Pip Broughton for BBC Studios in Wales & Vox Pictures; first shown: BBC Four

Hillsborough

Daniel Gordon for Very Much So Productions; first shown: BBC Two

No Place to Call Home

Luke Sewell for BBC Studios; first shown: BBC Two

Rio Ferdinand:  Being Mum and Dad

Matt Smith for Only the Best Productions; first shown: BBC One

 

Channel 4 Best Single Documentary – International

The Fall

Daniel Gordon for Hillside Productions in association with Passion Pictures; first shown: Picturehouse Cinemas & Sky Atlantic

Last Days of Solitary

Dan Edge, Lauren Mucciolo for PBS Frontline & Mongoose Pictures; first shown: BBC Four

Machines

Rahul Jain for Jann Pictures, IV Films & Pallas FIlms; first shown: General theatrical release

Unarmed Black Male

James Jones for BBC Current Affairs; first shown: BBC Two

 

The Open University Best Current Affairs Documentary

Behind the Zero Line

Frederick Paxton for VICELAND UK; first shown: VICELAND UK

Goodbye Aleppo

Christine Garabedian for BBC Arabic; first shown: BBC Arabic

Last Days of Solitary

Dan Edge, Lauren Mucciolo for PBS Frontline & Mongoose Pictures; first shown: BBC Four

The Secret Life of Prisons

Tom Barrow for Shine TV; first shown: Channel 4

 

Best Arts Documentary

Bricks!

Clare Beavan for BBC Studios; first shown: BBC Four

Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence

Richard Curson-Smith for IWC Media; first shown: BBC Two

Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories

Nick Willing for Kismet Film Company; first shown: BBC Two

The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4)

Jude Ho for BBC Studios; first shown: BBC Two

 

Best Historical Documentary

13th

Ava DuVernay for Forward Movement LLC & Kandoo Films; first shown: Netflix

Aberfan: The Green Hollow

Pip Broughton for BBC Studios in Wales & Vox Pictures; first shown: BBC Four

Destination Unknown

Claire Ferguson for Gigatel; first shown: Sheffield Doc/Fest

I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck for Velvet Film, Inc. (USA), Velvet Film (France), Artémis Productions, & Close Up Films; first shown: General theatrical release

 

Best Science Documentary

The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs – Episode 1

Dominique Walker, Emeka Onono, Jack Rampling for Raw TV; first shown: BBC One

The Drug Trial: Emergency at the Hospital

Barbie MacLaurin for Raw TV; first shown: BBC Two

Forces of Nature with Brian Cox:  Episode 2, Somewhere in Spacetime

Stephen Cooter for BBC Studios Science co-produced with PBS; first shown: BBC One

Michael Mosley vs The Superbugs

Peter Gauvain for Renegade Pictures (UK) Ltd; first shown: BBC Four

 

Best Natural History Documentary

Birds of Paradise: The Ultimate Quest – Episode 2

Simon Davies for Tigress Productions; first shown: BBC Two

Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family – Asia

Clare Dornan, Alex Williamson for Offspring Films; first shown: Sky 1

Planet Earth II – Islands

Elizabeth White for BBC Studios co-produced with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent & France Télèvisions; first shown: BBC One

Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World – Episode 1

John Murray, Cepa Giblin for Crossing the Line Productions; first shown: BBC Two

 

Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary

999: What’s Your Emergency? – Nobody ever said, “When I grow up I want to answer 999 calls”

James Incledon, Sam Barnes, Chris Rowe for Blast! Films; first shown: Channel 4

Chronicles of Nadiya – Episode 1

Martha Delap for Love Productions; first shown: BBC One

First Dates (Series 8, Episode 1)

Richard Mears, Tom Locking for Twenty Twenty; first shown: Channel 4

Marigold on Tour – Florida

Simon Draper for Two Four; first shown: BBC Two

 

Envy Best Documentary Series

American Justice

Arthur Cary, Jonathan Taylor for Minnow Films; first shown: BBC Two

Exodus

James Bluemel, Jack MacInness, Paul Glynn, Robin Barnwell for Keo Films; first shown: BBC Two

Hospital

Production Team for Label1 – ITV Studios; first shown: BBC Two

OJ: Made in America

Ezra Edelman; first shown: BBC Four

 

Evolutions Best Constructed Documentary Series

Hunted

Sam Eastall for Shine; first shown: Channel 4

Muslims Like Us

Production Team for Love Productions; first shown: BBC Two

Rich House, Poor House

Simon Joslin, Marcus English, Adrian Hylton for Hat Trick Productions; first shown: Channel 5

SAS: Who Dares Wins

Sophie Leonard, Alex Kiehl for Minnow; first shown: Channel 4

 

Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary

Half Way

Daisy-May Hudson; first shown: General theatrical release

I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck for Velvet Film, Inc. (USA), Velvet Film (France), Artémis Productions, Close Up Films; first shown: General theatrical release

Life, Animated

Roger Ross Williams; first shown: General theatrical release

Weiner

Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg; first shown: General theatrical release

 

Yaddo Best Documentary Short

Fish Story

Charlie Lyne for Loop; first shown: BFI Future Film Festival

Johanna

Ian Derry for Archer’s Mark; first shown: NOWNESS

The Refugee Diaries – episode three

Jack Collins for Rogan Productions; first shown: BBC Three

Seventeen

Mollie Mills for Green Door Pictures; first shown: BBC Three

 

ITV Best Student Documentary

Acta Non Verba

Yvann Yagchi for NFTS; first shown: University/College screening

Chomo

Maayan Arad for NFTS; first shown: University/College screening

Homebound

Tom Jeffery for London College of Communication; first shown: University/College screening

Pride in Rags

Tom Whitaker for NFTS; first shown: University/College screening

 

Warner Bros TV Production UK Best Documentary Presenter

GRAYSON PERRY for Grayson Perry: All Man

Neil Crombie for Swan Films; first shown: Channel 4

NADIYA HUSSAIN for Chronicles of Nadiya

Martha Delap for Love Productions; first shown: BBC One

RICH HALL for Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match

Chris Cottam for Open Mike Productions; first shown: BBC Four

STACEY DOOLEY for Stacey Dooley Investigates: Young Sex for Sale in Japan

Joyce Trozzo for BBC Current Affairs London; first shown: BBC Three

 

For more information:

Fiona Williams

fiona@hummingbird-communications.co.uk

 

The Grierson Trust: The Grierson Trust commemorates the pioneering Scottish documentary maker John Grierson (1898 – 1972), famous for Drifters and Night Mail and the man widely regarded as the father of documentary. Established in 1972, the Grierson Awards annually celebrate documentaries that have made a significant contribution to the form.  The list of past winners – which includes Rowan Deacon, Dan Reed, Kim Longinotto, Asif Kapadia, Olly Lambert, Norma Percy and Nick Broomfield – is testament to the high standard of work which is celebrated through these awards.  They are the ultimate UK prize for documentary film-makers from across the globe.

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