The Grierson Awards 2013: Winners
- Open University Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – Domestic
- Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – International
- ITN Source Best Documentary on Current Affairs
- Halo Best Arts Documentary
- ITN Source Best Historical Documentary
- Vinten Best Science or Natural History Documentary
- Nyman Libson Paul Most Entertaining Documentary
- ENVY Best Documentary Series
- Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary
- CTVC Best Newcomer Documentary
- Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary
- Clockwork Capital Documentary Presenter of the Year
- Radio Times Readers’ Choice Award
- Coutts Grierson Trustees’ Award
Open University Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – Domestic
7/7: One Day in London
- Director:Ben Anthony
- Producer:Sarah Hamilton
- Executive Producer:Morgan Matthews
- Production company:Minnow Films
- First Shown:2 July 2012; BBC Two
The day after London won the Olympic bid, terrorists attacked the public transport network killing 52 people and injuring over 700. 7/7: One Day in London gathers the testimony of over 50 people directly affected by the bombings, exploring the long lasting effects as they reflect on their experiences and how their lives have changed.
Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – International
Law of the Jungle
- Directors:Michael Christoffersen, Hans La Cour
- Production company:Radiator Film in association with ABCFIlms, Fenris Film, For Real Productions
- First Shown:13 June 2012; Sheffield Doc/Fest
In 2008, the Peruvian government divided Peru into more than 100 blocks covering 70% of the territory. Exploitation rights were sold to multinational companies. Protesting against the destruction of their homes, an indigenous group occupies Pluspetrol’s airstrip. When a policeman is killed, protesters are arrested and charged. Now they must seek to clear their names against all odds. Their only hope is their courage, an impassioned defence lawyer and an eyewitness too frightened to testify.
ITN Source Best Documentary on Current Affairs
Syria: Across the Lines
- Producer/Director:Olly Lambert
- Executive Producer:Eamonn Matthews
- Production company:Quicksilver Media
- First Shown:17 April 2013; Channel 4
Award-winning documentary maker Olly Lambert has spent weeks living deep inside Syrian territory - with both government and opposition supporters - to explore how the two-year-old conflict is tearing communities apart.
Halo Best Arts Documentary
Imagine: The Fatwa - Salman's Story
- Producer/Director:Jill Nicholls
- Executive Producer:Tanya Hudson
- Series Editor:Alan Yentob
- Production company:BBC
- First Shown:19 September 2012; BBC One
Salman Rushdie tells for the first time the gripping inside story of how it felt to be condemned to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini, and to spend the next decade in hiding. To coincide with the publication of Rushdie's new book, Alan Yentob has been given unique access to the author and the bodyguards who lived with him. Friends and writers like McEwan and Kureshi speak frankly, as do Rushdie's sister, ex-wife and sons.
ITN Source Best Historical Documentary
The Secret History of Our Streets: Deptford High Street
- Producer/Director:Joseph Bullman
- Executive Producer:Simon Ford
- Executive Producesr:Katie Bailiff
- Production company:Century Films & Halcyon’s Hearts Films
- First Shown:6 June 2012; BBC Two
In the 1880s Charles Booth visited every London street and ranked them according to their class. This film returns to Deptford High Street, to tell its story from Booth’s time to the present. Once ‘the Oxford Street of South London’, now one of the poorest shopping streets in the capital. Decimated by 60s ‘slum clearance’ – which uprooted millions of British families.
Vinten Best Science or Natural History Documentary
How to Build a Bionic Man
- Director:Tom Coveney
- Executive Producer:Julian Ware
- Production Company:Darlow Smithson Productions
- First shown:7 February 2013; Channel 4
We are on the verge of a revolution that will allow us to replicate many of the body’s parts and organs with man-made devices. How to Build a Bionic Man follows the worldwide quest of a man who uses a bionic arm, and construction of the world’s first prosthetic human, to discover breakthroughs in body replacement technology – and the challenges they will create for us in the future.
Nyman Libson Paul Most Entertaining Documentary
Nina Conti: A Ventriloquist’s Story - Her Master’s Voice
- Director:Nina Conti
- Producer:Riaz Meer, Nina Conti
- Production Company:Pika Productions
- First shown:12 June 2012; BBC Four
Internationally acclaimed ventriloquist Nina Conti, takes the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to 'Venthaven' the resting place for puppets of dead ventriloquists. She gets to know her latex and wooden travelling partners along the way, and with them deconstructs herself and her lost love in this ventriloquial docu-mocumentary requiem.
ENVY Best Documentary Series
The Year The Town Hall Shrank
- Directors:David Nath, James Newton
- Executive Producers:Edmund Coulthard, Simon Ford
- Series Producer:David Nath
- First shown:8 November 2012; BBC Four
This series tells the story of Austerity Britain through one city, Stoke on Trent. Filmed over a year, it begins as the Coalition announces the biggest spending cuts since the war. With access to Stoke City Council, local politicians have to decide what goes and what stays. The impact on those living in one of Britain’s most deprived cities is devastating and heart-wrenching. As care homes, libraries and swimming pools are shut, this is the story of us all in Britain 2011.
Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary
The House I Live In
- Director:Eugene Jarecki
- Production Company:Charlotte Street Films. ITVS, BBC Storyville
- First shown:14 June 2012; Sheffield Doc/Fest
For over forty years, America's ‘War on Drugs’ has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs in America are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty US states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories at all levels of America's drug war - from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge. Together, these stories pose urgent questions: What caused the war? What perpetuates it? And what can be done to stop it?
CTVC Best Newcomer Documentary
High Tech, Low Life
- Director:Stephen Maing
- Producers:Stephen Maing Trina Rodriguez
- Executive Producers:Simon Kilmurry, Cynthia Lopez, Sally Jo Fifer
- Production Company:Mud Horse Pictures, LLC
- First shown:16 June 2012; Sheffield Doc/Fest
High Tech, Low Life follows two of China’s first citizen-reporters as they document the underside of the country’s rapid economic development. A search for truth and fame inspires a young vegetable seller to report on censored news from the cities, while a retired businessman documents the struggles of rural villagers. Land grabs, pollution, corruption and the growing willingness of ordinary people to speak out are grist for these bloggers who navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations.
Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary
- Producer/Director:Adeyemi Michael
- Institution:National Film and Television School
- First shown:27 February 2013; BFI Southbank
Sodiq dreamt of going to University and becoming a doctor in 2008. Fast-forward five years he is on trial for murder. Director Adeyemi having a unique bond with Sodiq set up a football team on their council estate together, and made a film in 2008 celebrating Sodiq’s dream of becoming a doctor, stating at the time, he didn’t want to end up in jail.
Clockwork Capital Documentary Presenter of the Year
GRAYSON PERRY for All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry
- Production Company:Seneca Productions
- First shown:5 June 2012; Channel 4
Radio Times Readers’ Choice Award
The Secret History Of Our Streets
Joseph Bullman, Brian Hill, Mary Cranitch, Paul Berczeller, Chris Durlacher for Century Films, Halcyon’s Heart Films
Coutts Grierson Trustees’ Award
John Battsek heads the film department at Passion Pictures producing a number of acclaimed documentary films. Kicking off with the multi-award winning One Day in September in 1999, Passion Pictures has gone on to produce a raft of over twenty five feature documentaries with Oscar, Emmy and Grierson Award winners amongst them. They include Restrepo, The Age of Stupid, Fire in Babylon, The Tillman Story, Better this World, and Searching for Sugar Man - a collaboration with Red Box Films which features in the final nominations lists for two of this year's Grierson Awards: Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme International and Nyman Libson Paul Most Entertaining Documentary.
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