The 13 trainees for the 10th Grierson DocLab core scheme have been selected

The 13 trainees for the 10th Grierson DocLab core scheme have been selected
Hear from the trainees themselves on being selected.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary year, the Grierson DocLab is back and welcoming a new cohort of 13 aspiring young filmmakers onto its unique factual television training scheme which offers it trainees the opportunity and skills to kick off their careers.

Jane Callaghan, Managing Director of The Grierson Trust said: “Our principal objective with DocLab is to effect change from the bottom up by opening doors and bringing young people into the industry who wouldn't normally have access or a way in. This work is supporting and supported by the independent production sector in developing our off-screen talent of the future. Together, we're ensuring the future of the industry, increasing the diversity of our teams whether in class, race, geography or gender."

The 2022 cohort in stats:

  • 77% come from outside of London
  • 62% are female and 38% male
  • 46% have an ethnic background other than white British
  • 38% are disabled

Meet the trainees

Now in its 10th year, Grierson DocLab Alumni are working at the heart of the UK factual industry.

Poppy Goodheart (2013) had her directorial debut with a Channel 4’s First Cut scheme last year with The Boy Who Can’t Stop Dancing, and she was the producer on the multi-award winning Storyville documentary, Locked In: Breaking the Silence; Cherish Oteka (2016) won a 2022 BAFTA for their short documentary, The Black Cop; and Mal Senanayake (2019), Toni Lee (2020), Rhianna Bibby (2020), Azeem Rajulawalla (2019) and Joanna Suchomska (2020), all worked on The Garden’s forthcoming new series 24 Hours in A&E, filmed at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, last year. 

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Published: 21 April 2022

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