The Grierson Trust announces the final nominations for Grierson 2015: The 43rd British Documentary Awards.
London, Tuesday 15th September: The Grierson Trust announces the final nominations for Grierson 2015: The 43rd British Documentary Awards. Four presenters and 44 films - which tackle subjects from cancer treatment and Edward Snowden as Citizenfour, to the fashion of Dior and a girl who talks to dolphins - square up for the ultimate factual faceoff. The winners will be announced in a star-studded ceremony on Monday 2nd November.
Considered as the Oscars of the documentary world and in now in their 43rd year, The Grierson Awards celebrate the best in documentary film-making. Winning a Grierson carries prestige and allure for factual film-makers from across the globe. This year's nominations include some of the most talked about television of last year - including Channel 4 hit Gogglebox (now shortlisted for three consecutive years) and Storyville's India's Daughter - as well as some less well-known gems. Just four broadcasters make the final cut: the BBC and Channel 4 dominate the list with ITV and Sky also represented. While four of the nation's most stimulating presenters are in the mix for the Documentary Presenter of the Year award namely Grayson Perry, Sue Perkins, Trevor Phillips and Will Millard.
Chairman of The Grierson Trust, Lorraine Heggessey says: "Once again I'm blown away by the sheer variety and brilliance of the films that make up this year's Grierson nominations. It has been a privilege to watch again so many great films and hear the passionate and lively debates that took place in the jury rooms. These 48 nominations represent the cream of factual film-making from around the world this year with films from industry luminaries alongside students just setting out on their film-making careers. I look forward to congratulating the winners on 2nd November."
Each judging panel is made up of a mix of industry experts, film-makers, channel commissioners, genre experts and well known faces from across cinema and television. Amongst the 71 members of the Award panels, this year's jurors include presenters Alex Jones, Anita Rani, Francine Stock and Chris Packham; genre specialists Dr Hannah Fry and Professor Chris Rapley; journalists Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Tim Dams, Charlotte Higgins, Paul Lay, Nina Nannar and Zoe Williams; satirists Heydon Prowse and Joylon Rubenstein; as well as former Grierson winners and nominees Olly Lambert, Kim Longinotto, Morgan Matthews, Ursula MacFarlane and Anthony Wonke.
The 12 categories are: Evolutions Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - Domestic, Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International, The Open University Best Documentary on Current Affairs, Best Arts Documentary, ITN Source Best Historical Documentary, Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary, Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary, Envy Best Documentary Series, Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary, Channel 4 Best Newcomer Documentary, Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary and Clockwork Capital Documentary Presenter of the Year.
Productions nominated for this year's awards include four that appear in more than one category. 24 Hours in Police Custody which is featured on both Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - Domestic and Envy Best Series lists; 20,000 Days on Earth appears on both Best Arts and Newcomer lists; Grayson Perry: Who Are You? for Best Arts and Best Presenter; and, Hunters of the South Seas on Best Series and Best Presenter for Will Millard.
Published: 15 September 2015
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