The Grierson Awards 2011: Winners
- Deluxe 142 Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - Domestic
- Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International
- Bridgeman Art Library Best Documentary on the Arts
- ITN Source Best Historical Documentary
- Televisual Best Science Documentary
- Current Most Entertaining Documentary
- ENVY Best Documentary Series
- DocHouse & The Bertha Foundation Best Cinema Documentary
- CTVC Best Newcomer Documentary
- Sky Arts Best Student Documentary
- Honda The Trustees’ Award
Deluxe 142 Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - Domestic
Between Life and Death
- Director/producer:Nick Holt
- Executive Producer:Meredith Chambers
- Production company:BBC Wales
- First UK screening:13 July 2010; BBC One
This film follows three extraordinary cases highlighting some of the most complex ethical dilemmas facing medicine today. Filmed in the UK’s leading critical care unit (Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge) this observational documentary looks at the three patients who, without immediate medical intervention, would all have died at the scene of their accidents.
Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International
Secret Iraq - The Insurgency
- Director:Sam Collyns
- Producers:James Jones, Sam Collyns
- Executive Producer:Eamonn Matthews
- Production company:Quicksilver Media
- First UK screening:29 September 2010; BBC Two
This two-part series tells the story of Iraq after the 2003 invasion. To gather testimony, the team filmed with key Iraqi insurgents who spoke for the first time about their operations against coalition forces. They filmed with Iraqi politicians, tribal leaders and civilians, as well as American and British soldiers, diplomats, hostages and spies. What emerges is a very different history to that related by politicians in London and Washington.
Bridgeman Art Library Best Documentary on the Arts
Bird on a Wire
- Director/producer:Tony Palmer
- Executive Producer:Steven Machat
- Production company:Isolde Films, The Machat Company
- First UK screening:19 November 2010; BBC Four
The 1972 European tour of singer/poet Leonard Cohen. This film was believed completely lost, but was rescued by chance in 2010 from almost 3,000 fragments and finally broadcast almost 38 years after its original edit. Filmed throughout Europe when Cohen was at the height of his powers, this film is an intimate portrait of an extraordinary artist and his beliefs.
ITN Source Best Historical Documentary
Fire in Babylon
- Director:Stevan Riley
- Producers:John Battsek, Charles Steel
- Executive Producers:Ben Goldsmith, Ben Elliot
- Writer:Stevan Riley
- Production company:E & G Productions, H & H Productions, Cowboy Films, Passion Pictures.
- First shown:1 October 2010; London Film Festival
Fire In Babylon is the breathtaking story of how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting history. In a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa; race riots in England and civil unrest in the Caribbean, the West Indian cricketers, led by the enigmatic Viv Richards, struck a defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide. Their undisputed skill, combined with a fearless spirit, allowed them to dominate the genteel game at the highest level, replaying it on their own terms.
Televisual Best Science Documentary
The Joy of Stats
- Director/producer:Dan Hillman
- Executive Producers:Archie Baron, Cassian Harrison
- Production company:Wingspan Productions
- First shown:7 December 2010; BBC Four
A rollercoaster-ride through the wonderful world of statistics, presented by Swedish superstar boffin and internet legend Professor Hans Rosling. The film entertainingly explores the history of statistics, how stats works mathematically and how, in our data deluge age, statistics is changing the way science itself is being conducted. In one spectacular section he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years in just four minutes – using 120,000 numbers.
Current Most Entertaining Documentary
Bodysnatchers of New York
- Director:Toby Dye
- Producers:Toby Dye, Denise Castelli, Edmond Buckley
- Executive Producers:Graham Ebbs, Denise Castelli
- Production company:Bearkatt Productions
- First shown:26 October 2010; More 4
Highly cinematic documentary charting a macabre mystery that unfolds as the lives of a handful of starkly different, seemingly unconnected characters are intimately drawn together by a shocking crime involving over a thousand mutilated corpses in a tale of twenty-first century bodysnatching in the city of New York.
ENVY Best Documentary Series
Hugh’s Fish Fight
- Director/producer:Will Anderson
- Executive Producer:Andrew Palmer
- Writer:Hugh Fearnley-Whittenstall
- Production company:KEO Films
- First shown:13 January 2011; Channel 4
In his latest campaigning series, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is leaving the comfort of River Cottage behind to find out what is really going on at the industrial end of our fisheries. And what he finds is that things are not just bad … they’re mad. Over half the fish caught in the North Sea are thrown back overboard dead, and Hugh’s campaign (now supported by over 750,000 people) wants to stop it.
DocHouse & The Bertha Foundation Best Cinema Documentary
- Director:Clio Barnard
- Producer:Tracy O'Riordon
- Executive Producer:Michael Morris
- Production company:Artangel
- First shown:15 October 2010; London Film Festival
The powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar (The Arbor, Rita, Sue and Bob Too) and her troubled relationship with her daughter Lorraine. Directed by artist and director Clio Barnard; The Arbor is a captivating and revelatory piece of cinema.
CTVC Best Newcomer Documentary
Storyville: Afghan Cricket Club - Out of the Ashes
- Director/producers:Timothy Albone, Lucy Martens
- Producers:Leslie Knott, Rachel Wexler
- Executive Producers:Greg Sanderson, Tom Roberts, Sam Mendes
- Series Editor:Nick Fraser
- Production company:Shabash Productions, Bungalow Town Productions
- First shown:7 February 2011; BBC Four
Against a back drop of war and poverty Afghan Cricket Club: Out of the Ashes traces the extraordinary journey of a team of young Afghan men as they chase a seemingly impossible dream, shedding light on a nation beyond burqas, bombs, drugs and devastation.
Sky Arts Best Student Documentary
Caring for Calum
- Director/Producer:Lou McLoughlan
- Producer:Lauren Fox
- Executive Producer:Emma Davie
- Institution:Edinburgh College of Art
- First shown:23 February 2011; Glasgow Film Festival
A middle aged man returns to his Highland home, after years in exile, bringing with him a complex past that threatens his ambition to look after his father. As 92 year old Calum enjoys the care and boisterous humour of a shared home with his son, a tragedy in Uisdean’s past re-surfaces, leaving the role of carer to lapp back and forth between them, with the loch tides".
Honda The Trustees’ Award
John Pilger grew up in Sydney, Australia. He has been a war correspondent, author and documentary film-maker. He is one of only two to twice win Journalist of the Year, British journalism’s highest award, for his work all over the world. He has been International Reporter of the Year and a recipient of the United Nations Association Peace Prize and Gold Medal. In 2003, he received the prestigious Sophie Prize for ‘thirty years of exposing deception and improving human rights’. In 2009, he was awarded Australia’s international human rights award, the Sydney Peace Prize, ‘for his courage as a film-maker and journalist in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard’.
He has won an American Television Academy Award, an Emmy, and the Richard Dimbleby Award for a lifetime’s work in factual broadcasting, awarded by BAFTA. His first film, The Quiet Mutiny, made in 1970 for Granada’s World in Action, revealed the rebellion within the US Army in Vietnam that led to the American withdrawal. His 1979 documentary, the epic Cambodia Year Zero is credited with alerting the world to the horrors of the Pol Pot regime.Year Zero is ranked by the BFI as among the ten most important documentaries of the 20th century. His Death of a Nation, about East Timor, had a similar impact in 1994. He has made 58 documentary films.
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