Lorraine Heggessey on why the Grierson Awards are important for the industry

Lorraine Heggessey on why the Grierson Awards are important for the industry.

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"It’s wonderful to see this room so full of talented, passionate documentary filmmakers and I’m delighted that we will be celebrating the crucial work you do - reflecting the times we live in and the issues we care about.

"Documentary filmmakers are crucial for giving us insight, provoking thought and telling stories that might otherwise be overlooked (or twisted) by the larger media. With so much media to tap into, it's important that storytellers are able to frame things in a larger, more detailed context. In this era of fake and manipulated news, authentic voices and those who doggedly pursue the truth are needed more than ever.

"One of the things the Awards brings home to me as I look out across the audience, is what a fabulous community of documentary film makers we have in this country. It’s great to see so many familiar faces who continue to produce great work. I’ve no doubt that it’s that sense of belonging to a community that spurs many of our best directors on."

Relive the very best moments of the night here.

Published: 22 November 2017

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