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Evolutions Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - Domestic

24 Hours in Police Custody -  Episode 1

24 Hours in Police Custody - Episode 1

  • Director: Alisa Pomeroy
  • Producer: Flavia Taylor
  • Editor: Ben Brown
  • Production Company: The Garden
  • First shown: 29 September 2014; Channel 4

The first episode in an extraordinary series with the combination of filming techniques and unprecedented access provides a unique perspective on policing in modern Britain - allowing viewers into a space they may never have seen themselves. Following officers as they respond to 999 calls and arrest suspects, viewers witness the relentless traffic through the police custody cells, round the clock, 24 hours a day.

The Paedophile Hunter

The Paedophile Hunter

  • Director/Producer: Dan Reed
  • Editor: Mark Towns
  • Production Company: Amos Pictures
  • First shown: 1 October 2014; Channel 4

The Paedophile Hunter follows controversial online vigilante Stinson Hunter and his associates, who pose as underage children on social networking sites in order to identify and draw out men they assert have paedophilic predilections. Multi award-winning director Dan Reed captures the 'catches' from Hunter's initial introductions online through to the final confrontations and explores the shocking scale of the problem of online grooming.

Raining in My Heart

Raining in My Heart

  • Directors: Brian Woods, Jess Stevenson
  • Producer: Katie Rice
  • Editor: Paddy Garrick
  • Production Company: True Vision Productions
  • First shown: 15 April 2015; ITV

Raining in my Heart follows three wonderful children fighting for life at the forefront of cancer research. The decisions they make, and the risks they take with their own lives, will benefit countless children and adults affected by cancer in the future. In some cases their time may be running out, but they want to enjoy every second they have, and the way they approach life has lessons for us all.

The Stranger on the Bridge

The Stranger on the Bridge

  • Director: Sam Forsdike
  • Producers: Natasha Coleman, Jonny Benjamin
  • Executive Producer: Richard Bentley
  • Editor: Lizzie Minnion
  • Production Company: Postcard Productions
  • First shown: 4 May 2015; Channel 4

The Stranger on the Bridge is the inspirational story of Jonny Benjamin's search for the stranger who stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge seven years ago.

Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International

Citizenfour

Citizenfour

  • Director: Laura Poitras
  • Producers: Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky
  • Editor: Mathilde Bonnefoy
  • Production Company: Praxis Films
  • First shown: 17 October 2014; London Film Festival

CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving unprecedented access to Edward Snowden as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA.

The Condemned

The Condemned

  • Director: Nick Read
  • Producer: Mark Franchetti
  • Editor: Jay Taylor
  • Production Company: Red Zed Films
  • First shown: 19 October 2014; BBC Four

The Condemned reveals the end of the line for Russia's most dangerous criminals: 260 men responsible for the murders of nearly 800 victims, locked up in a bleak and remote prison outpost with no hope of escape or release.

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

  • Director: Kim Longinotto
  • Producers: Lisa Steevens, Teddy Leifer
  • Editor: Ollie Huddleston
  • Production Company: Rise Films, Green Acres Films and Vixen Films
  • First shown: 6 March 2015; General theatrical release

Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world through the eyes of one of its survivors; Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute who worked the streets of Chicago, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community. With warmth and humour, Brenda gives hope to those who have none. Her story is their inspiration.

Storyville: India's Daughter

Storyville: India's Daughter

  • Director: Leslee Udwin
  • Executive Producers: Nick Fraser for BBC, Mette Hoffmann Meyer for DR
  • Editor: Anuradha Singh
  • Production Companies: Assassin Films & Tathagat Films
  • First shown: 4 March 2015; BBC Four

The story of the brutal gang rape and murder of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012, and the unprecedented protests and riots which this horrific event ignited throughout India, leading to the demand for changes in attitudes towards women. The film examines the values and mind sets of the rapists, and interviews the two lawyers who defended the men convicted of Jyoti's rape and murder.

The Open University Best Documentary on Current Affairs

Baby P: The Untold Story

Baby P: The Untold Story

  • Director: Henry Singer
  • Producers: Henry Singer, Jenny Saunders
  • Executive Producer: Simon Ford
  • Editor: Ben Stark
  • Production Company: Sandpaper Films
  • First shown: 27 October 2014; BBC One

Who failed Baby P? The social workers and a single doctor have taken the blame from the public and the press, but were there other professionals who might have saved Peter Connelly? And if so, why did we never hear about them?

A&E in the War Zone

A&E in the War Zone

  • Directors: Dominic Ozanne, Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones
  • Executive Producer: Nicolas Kent
  • Editors: Garry Crystal, Tony Robinson, Andrew Rendell
  • Production Company: Oxford Film and Television
  • First shown: 10 December 2014; Channel 4

The Syrian conflict has created the greatest humanitarian catastrophe in the modern world with the UN estimating almost 200,000 people killed and many thousands more injured. We follow British trauma surgeon David Nott as he makes the perilous journey to work alongside the heroic Syrian doctors who have remained behind. We observe life-saving surgery in a hospital forced underground by daily bombardment.Amid the horror, these medical teams risk their lives to save others.

Our War:  Goodbye Afghanistan

Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan

  • Director/Producer: Rowan Deacon
  • Executive Producer: Simon Ford
  • Editor: Charlie MacDonald
  • Production Company: BBC
  • First shown: 9 December 2014; BBC Three

Marking the end of the British campaign in Helmand, this feature length documentary tells the story of the Afghanistan war through the words and pictures of the soldiers who fought it.

Panorama: Ebola Frontline

Panorama: Ebola Frontline

  • Director/Producer: Steve Grandison
  • Executive Producers: Karen Edwards, Lucie Kon. Claire Hughes
  • Editor: Mark Easton
  • Production Company: Blakeway Productiions
  • First shown: 17 November 2014; BBC One

NHS doctors and nurses have been working on the front line against Ebola in clinics in West Africa. Panorama spent a month in Sierra Leone with British-born Dr Javid Abdelmoneim filming his every moment working at a treatment centre run by the charity MSF. Using specially adapted cameras, Dr Javid records the physical and emotional impact of this deadly virus on whole families and on the medical staff treating them. Even in these desperately difficult circumstances there are moments of euphoria as patients who have been cured leave the centre.

Televisual Best Arts Documentary

20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

  • Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
  • Producers: Dan Bowen, James Wilson
  • Executive Producers: Thomas Benski, Hani Farsi, Paul Goldin, Paul Grindey, Anna Higgs, Tabitha Jackson, Lucas Ochoa
  • Writers: Nick Cave, Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
  • Editor: Jonathan Amos
  • Production Companies: Corniche Pictures, BFI, Film4 & Pulse Films
  • First shown: 13 August 2014; General theatrical release

Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon, Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit.

Dior and I

Dior and I

  • Director/Producer: Fredric Tcheng
  • First shown: 27 March 2015; General theatrical release

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as its new artistic director - a true labour of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand's past, the film is also a colourful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons' vision.

Grayson Perry:  Who Are You? - Modern Individuals

Grayson Perry: Who Are You? - Modern Individuals

  • Director: Neil Crombie
  • Executive Producer: Dianah Lord
  • Series Producer: Joe Evans
  • Editor: Jake Martin
  • Production Company: Swan Films
  • First shown: 22 October 2014; Channel 4

We all wear masks. Sometimes it takes an artist to see behind them. Grayson Perry will explore the theme of identity and portraiture. Some of the sitters have become miniatures, some large tapestries, some statues and, of course, some pots, but all of the works will be shown alongside portraits at National Portrait Gallery in a special display. Programme one focuses on the identity of four individuals: subsequent episodes will look at families and groups.

War of Words: Soldier-Poets of the Somme

War of Words: Soldier-Poets of the Somme

  • Director: Sebastian Barfield
  • Producers: Sebastian Barfield, Peter Barton
  • Executive Producer: Michael Poole
  • Editors: Stuart Davies, Ed Ison, BDH Bristol & Big Bang Post Production
  • Production Companies: BBC Arts, BBC Learning & Parapet Productions
  • First shown: 15 November 2014; BBC Two

The 1916 Battle of the Somme remains the most famous battle of World War I, remembered for its bloodshed and its limited territorial gains. Often overlooked, is the battle's literary importance: more writers and poets fought at the Somme than in any other battle in history. Narrated by Michael Sheen, War of Words uses animation, documentary accounts, surviving artefacts, battalion war diaries and the landscape itself to reconnect this writing to the events that inspired it.

ITN Source Best Historical Documentary

George Blake Masterspy of Moscow

George Blake Masterspy of Moscow

  • Director: George Carey
  • Producer: Teresa Cherfas
  • Editor: Stefan Ronowicz
  • Production Company: CTVC
  • First shown: 23 March 2015; BBC Four

He said he was doing God's work on earth but betrayed his colleagues to the KGB. Sentenced to 42 years in jail, George Blake escaped from Wormwood Scrubs five years later and fled to the Soviet Union. George Carey's film follows the strange life of this enigmatic traitor, tracking down people who knew him and ending with an unexpected encounter in the woods outside Moscow.

Holocaust:  Night Will Fall

Holocaust: Night Will Fall

  • Director: André Singer
  • Producers: Sally Angel, Brett Ratner
  • Production Companies: Spring Films & Angel TV
  • First shown: 24 January 2015; Channel 4

Holocaust: Night Will Fall is a powerful feature documentary about the extraordinary story of the Allied forces who filmed the terrible scenes they witnessed as they liberated the Nazi concentration camps, and Sidney Bernstein's attempt to produce a landmark documentary record of what they found.

Our World War: The First Day

Our World War: The First Day

  • Director: Bruce Goodison
  • Producer: Susan Horth
  • Executive Producer: Colin Barr
  • Series Producer: Susan Horth
  • Writer: Joe Barton
  • Editor: Kim Gaster
  • Production Company: BBC
  • First shown: 7 August 2014; BBC Three

Impactful factual drama series, scripted from primary sources and first hand testimony and inspired by award-winning documentary series Our War, revealing the true stories and real experiences of British soldiers who fought and died in the First World War. In August 1914, the 4th Battalion The Royal Fusiliers reach the town of Mons in Southern Belgium. Caught by an overwhelming German army, which of them will survive the first battle of the First World War?

The Supreme Price

The Supreme Price

  • Director/Producer: Joanna Lipper
  • Editors: Geoff Richman, Tina Grapenthin, Ali Muney
  • Production Company: Vertumnus Productions
  • First shown: 1 October 2014; Raindance Festival, London

The Supreme Price is a feature length documentary film that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Following the annulment of her father's victory in Nigeria's Presidential Election and her mother's assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women.

Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary

Curing Cancer

Curing Cancer

  • Director: Brian Woods
  • Producer: Katie Rice
  • Editors: Paddy Garrick, Jess Stevenson, Brian Woods
  • Production Company: True Vision Productions
  • First shown: 15 October 2014; Channel 4

Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. From that life-changing moment, the race is on to find a successful treatment before the disease gets too far.Curing Cancer follows four patients taking part in trials of some of the most advanced cancer treatments in the world in the Macmillan Cancer Centre at University College Hospital: explaining the science behind their treatment, but also exploring the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis, and the highs and lows of the cancer journey - for patients, their loved ones, and their doctors.

The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins

The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins

  • Director/Producer: Christopher Riley
  • Executive Producer: Mark Hedgecoe
  • Editor: Fergal McGrath
  • Production Company: BBC Scotland
  • First shown: 17 June 2014; BBC Four

It is the most audacious experiment in the history of animal science: a 1960s scientist wanted to communicate with dolphins by teaching them to speak.A young woman called Margaret and a dolphin called Peter would live together while she taught him English.Fifty years on, using new interviews and archive, we tell the extraordinary story of what happened next.

Human Universe:  Why Are We Here?

Human Universe: Why Are We Here?

  • Director/Producer: Annabel Gillings
  • Executive Producer: Andrew Cohen
  • Series Producer: Gideon Bradshaw
  • Editor: Louise Salkow
  • Production Company: BBC
  • First shown: 14 October 2014; BBC Two

This film tackles the question that unites the 7 billion people on Earth: Why are we here? It reveals how the wonderful complexity of nature and human life is simply the consequence of chance events constrained by the laws of physics. But this leads to a deeper question - why does our universe seem to have just the right rules to create us? The answer is genuinely astonishing: because our Universe is not the only one.

Panorama:  To Walk Again

Panorama: To Walk Again

  • Director/Producer: Alison Priestley
  • Executive Producer: Frank Simmonds
  • Writer: Fergus Walsh
  • Editor: Adam Richardson
  • Production Company: BBC
  • First shown: 21 October 2014; BBC One

In a world exclusive, Panorama: To Walk Again tells the story of a paralysed man who is able to walk again after a pioneering transplant using the regenerative cells that repair and renew our sense of smell. We have unique access to this remarkable story which unfolds across a year's filming in the UK and in Poland. Darek Fidyka had been told he would be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life following a brutal knife attack which severed his spinal cord. But Panorama is there to witness the moment when he walks across a bridge, using only a frame for support. The documentary explains the science behind this astonishing development. We chart the 40 years of research involved, which culminate in a collaboration between a world-renowned neuroscientist in London and a determined young neurosurgeon in Poland."

Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary

First Dates- Episode 4

First Dates- Episode 4

  • Directors:The Production Team
  • Executive Producer: Simon Dickson
  • Series Producers: Anshu Ahuja, Adam Chapman
  • Production Company: Twenty Twenty Productions
  • First shown: 25 March 2015; Channel 4

In this award-winning fly-on-the-wall dating series, real people go on first dates in a restaurant with a unique twist: No one in it besides the staff has ever laid eyes on one another before. All the diners are single, and on a real blind date. Aged from 18 to 80, hopeful singletons from all over the country are looking to meet the man or woman of their dreams.

Gogglebox - Episode 6

Gogglebox - Episode 6

  • Director: The Production Team
  • Executive Producer: Tania Alexander
  • Production Company: Studio Lambert
  • First shown: 27 March 2015; Channel 4

What do Britain's most opinionated telly fanatics really think of the country's biggest TV programmes? Britain's favourite TV viewers return for the multi-award winning Gogglebox.

Life is Toff: Bear Up

Life is Toff: Bear Up

  • Directors: Tom Currie, Imogen Willcocks
  • Executive Producers: Nicolas Kent, James Quinn
  • Series Producers: Lee McMurray, Martin Fuller
  • Editor: Steve Miller
  • Production Company: Oxford Film and Television
  • First shown: 4 November 2014; BBC Three

Comedy docu-soap following a family like no other, the eccentric and aristocratic Fulfords as the next generation grapples with coming of age under the watchful eye of irascible dad Francis.

Hoping to become a youth worker, youngest brother Edmund decides to gain experience by running an activity day for local teens at the estate. It's down to Ed to keep a tough crowd entertained and make the day a success.

Warwick Davis's Big Night

Warwick Davis's Big Night

  • Director/Producer: Ursula Macfarlane
  • Editor: Gregor Lyon
  • Executive Producer: Kieran Smith
  • Production Company: Love Productions
  • First shown: 5 February 2015; BBC Two

Actor Warwick Davis puts his own money on the line to set up The Reduced Height Theatre Company, producing plays cast entirely with short actors. This funny and charming film charts the progress of his first show, the classic farce See How They Run. As Warwick's wife Sam undergoes major spinal surgery, the film charts the challenges of putting on a show, as well as the trials and joys of being a dwarf.

Envy Best Documentary Series

24 Hours in Police Custody

24 Hours in Police Custody

  • Director: Alisa Pomeroy
  • Series Producer: Flavia Taylor
  • Executive Producers: Simon Ford, Jonathan Smith, Emma Tutty
  • Series Producer: Flavia Taylor
  • Production Company: The Garden
  • First shown: 29 September 2014; Channel 4

This extraordinary series with the combination of filming techniques and unprecedented access provides a unique perspective on policing in modern Britain - allowing viewers into a space they may never have seen themselves. Following officers as they respond to 999 calls and arrest suspects, viewers witness the relentless traffic through the police custody cells, round the clock, 24 hours a day.

Hunters of the South Seas

Hunters of the South Seas

  • Directors: Will Lorimer, Jamie Balment
  • Executive Producers: Steve Robinson, Lucy Carter
  • Series Producer: Jamie Balment
  • Editors: Will Ennals, Sue Outlaw - Gorilla Post Production
  • Production Company: Indus Films
  • First shown: 19 April 2015; BBC Two

New presenter Will Millard spends a month with three extraordinary communities in the Coral Triangle, the world's most bio-diverse tract of ocean. An Indonesian-speaker, Will becomes passionately involved with his hosts, examining intensely human stories against a backdrop of complex issues such as dwindling fish stocks, intolerance, whale hunting, and the pressures of surviving in a world suspended between the ancient and the modern. The result is three intimate films of intense emotion, beautiful photography and insight into little known part of the planet at a time of unprecedented change.

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

  • Director: Andrew Jarecki
  • Producers: Marc Smerling, Andrew Jarecki
  • Executive Producer: Jason Blum
  • Editor/Co-Producer: Zac Stuart-Pointer
  • Production Company: Hit The Ground Running Productions
  • First shown: 26 March 2015; Sky Atlantic

Robert Durst, scion of NY's billionaire real estate family has been accused of three murders over the past 30 years, but never convicted. Brilliant and reclusive, he has not spoken publicly - until now. The groundbreaking six-part documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst tracks Durst's strange history against the backdrop of unimaginable wealth and privilege.

The Romanians are Coming

The Romanians are Coming

  • Director/Producer: James Bluemel
  • Executive Producers: Andrew Palmer, Katie Buchanan
  • Editor: Simon Sykes
  • Production Company: KEO films
  • First shown: 17 February 2015; Channel 4

Economic migration is one of the most prominent stories of our time. The Romanians Are Coming looks at the story from the perspective of the new immigrants. This revealing series asks if there is any truth behind the fear mongering headlines? Are they really stealing our jobs, or is it time to change our mentality about the Romanians?

Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary

Mercy Mercy

Mercy Mercy

  • Director: Katrine W. Kjaer
  • Producers: Miriam Nørgaard, Sara Stockmann, Vibeke Windeløv
  • Executive Producer: Ronnie Fridthjof
  • Editor: Morten Højbjerg
  • Production Company: Fridthjof Film
  • First shown: 24 April 2015; General theatrical release

At first sight, adoption seems like a win-win situation: a poor orphan gets some loving parents and a good life. But the world of adoption is a question of supply and demand, with Ethiopia as a chief supplier of thousands of needy children. The fact that the well-being of the child is not always top priority becomes painfully clear in this tragic story about Masho and her little brother Roba.

The Overnighters

The Overnighters

  • Director/Producer: Jesse Moss
  • Editor: Jeff Gilbert
  • First shown: 31 October 2014; General theatrical release

In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big pay cheque under the lure of the oil boom. However, busloads of newcomers chasing a broken American Dream step into the stark reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. The town lacks the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, even for those who do find gainful employment.

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

  • Director: Nick Broomfield
  • Producer: Marc Hoeferlin
  • Executive Producers: Celia Taylor, Charles Finch, Shani Hinton
  • Editors: Joe Bini , Marc Hoeferlin
  • Production Company: Lafayette Films
  • First shown: 28 March 2015; General theatrical release

Lonnie Franklin was arrested in 2010 after a 25 year killing spree in which it is thought he could have killed 100+ victims. Significantly, his arrest was not the product of painstaking detective work but completely accidental, the result of a computer DNA match that linked him to a possible 20 victims. Tales of the Grim Sleeper looks into how it was possible for all this to happen.

Virunga

Virunga

  • Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
  • Producers: Joanna Natasegara, Orlando von Einsiedel
  • Editor: Masahiro Hirakubo
  • Production Companies: Grain Media & Violet Films
  • First shown: 7 November 2014; General theatrical release

A group of brave individuals risk their lives to save the last of the world's mountain gorillas; in the midst of renewed civil war and a scramble for Congo's natural resources.

Channel 4 Best Newcomer Documentary

20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

  • Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
  • Producers: Dan Bowen, James Wilson
  • Executive Producers: Thomas Benski, Hani Farsi, Paul Goldin, Paul Grindey, Anna Higgs, Tabitha Jackson, Lucas Ochoa
  • Writers: Nick Cave, Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
  • Editor: Jonathan Amos
  • Production Companies: Corniche Pictures, BFI, Film4 & Pulse Films
  • First shown: 13 August 2014; General theatrical release

Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon, Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit.

Estate, a Reverie

Estate, a Reverie

  • Director: Andrea Luka Zimmerman
  • Producers: Andrea Luka Zimmerman, David Roberts
  • Writers: Adam Rosenthal, Gareth Evans, David Roberts
  • Editor: Ariadna Fatjo Vilas Mestre
  • Production Company: Fugitive Images
  • First shown: 10 January 2015; Rio Cinema, London

Made over seven years from within the Hackney housing estate featured, Estate, a Reverie is a spirited and lyrical celebration of extraordinary, everyday humanity. Featuring a community of those cut adrift from supportive social and economic structures, it shows how we may celebrate difference and resilience, and resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, through geography even.

The Lost Gold of the Highlands (Garnet's Gold)

The Lost Gold of the Highlands (Garnet's Gold)

  • Director: Ed Perkins
  • Producer: Simon Chinn
  • Executive Producers: John Battsek, Nick Fraser, Kate Townsend, Victoria Steventon
  • Editor: Paul Carlin
  • Production Companies: Red Box Films & Passion Pictures
  • First shown: 17 March 2015; BBC Four

Armed with bundles of ancient maps, a leaking boat and a failing heart, Garnet's Gold follows one extraordinary man's quixotic and recklessly brave adventure in search of hidden treasure, in a belated rite of passage to rediscover the meaning of his life.

Tashi and the Monk

Tashi and the Monk

  • Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke
  • Producer: Andrew Hinton
  • Editors: Johnny Burke, Chris Hall
  • Production Company: Pilgrim Films
  • First shown: 24 January 2015; Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour

On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Buddhist monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but eight years ago left life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children. Wild and troubled 5 year-old Tashi is the newest arrival, struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings.

Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary

Black Sheep

Black Sheep

  • Director: Christian Cerami
  • Producer: Christian Cerami, Alex Sedgley
  • Editor: Samuel Haskell
  • Production Company: University of Westminster
  • First shown: 18 April 2015; Screentest Student Film Festival

Black Sheep examines the institutional racism of the working-class in the North of England, through the eyes of two young brothers attending their first, far-right street rally and how it has become a cathartic and recreational event. This documentary subtly explores Northern patriarchy and the culture of the EDL, as the boys navigate through the antiquated views of the far right and the impact it has had on their relationship.

Kisilu - I'll Start with Myself

Kisilu - I'll Start with Myself

  • Director/Producer: Julia Dahr
  • Editor: Julia Dhar
  • Production Company: Goldsmiths University of London
  • First shown: 10 July 2014;
  • Production Company: University/College screening

Using participatory techniques the film gives an intimate portrait of family life, love and desperation at the frontline of our changing climate. Over three years we follow the journey of Kisilu, a Kenyan small-scale farmer becoming a leader in his community as he brings local farmers together in the fight against the ever-increasing drought and storms. The story is told through observational footage and Kisilu's own video diary...

Territory

Territory

  • Director: Eleanor Mortimer
  • Producers: Eleanor Mortimer, Jacob Thomas
  • Editor: Nina Rac
  • Production Company: National Film and Television School
  • First shown: 25 February 2015; BFI Southbank, London

The rock of Gibraltar is shared between two primate species: people and monkeys. The monkeys populated the upper rock long before the latest human inhabitants, the British, arrived, and now, 300 years on, there are tensions between the two. Attempts to expel the monkeys from the town with peashooters are in vain, as the animals rise to the challenges of the new game. This leads the government to resort to more drastic tactics.

A warm and lyrical film about our territorial tendencies as humans.

The Wolf, The Ship and the Little Green Bag

The Wolf, The Ship and the Little Green Bag

  • Director: Kathryn MacCorgarry Gray
  • Producer: Cullum Carver-Jones
  • Editor: Hannah Jaywardene
  • Production Company: University of Westminster
  • First shown: 22 September 2014; Encounters Film Festival - NAHEMI Program

After meeting ten years ago in a physiotherapy class, Karin, Peggy and Anne, (aged between 70 and 94) have become very close friends, meeting regularly for tea and conversation. As they reflect on their lives, and particularly their adolescent years, they each discuss a particular moment that made them the people they are today. Their three stories are brought to like through the work of three different animators.

Clockwork Capital Documentary Presenter of the Year

GRAYSON PERRY for Who Are You?

GRAYSON PERRY for Who Are You?

  • Director: Neil Crombie
  • Executive Producer: Dinah Lord
  • Series Producer: Joe Evans
  • Editor: Jake Martin
  • Production Company: Swan Films
  • First shown: 22 October 2014; Channel 4

We all wear masks. Sometimes it takes an artist to see behind them. In this brand-new three-part series, the Turner-Prize and BAFTA winning artist Grayson Perry explores the theme of identity and portraiture. In a culture saturated with selfies, the moment when an artist tries to cut through the noise and nail us in a single likeness - intended to define us for posterity - has taken on a new significance. In each of these films, Grayson spends time with people who are at a crossroads or crisis about their own identity, and will make portraits to reveal the truths about who we are. Part-psychologist and part-detective, Grayson hunts for clues to the sitter's inner life and distil them into a single image.

SUE PERKINS for The Mekong River with Sue Perkins

SUE PERKINS for The Mekong River with Sue Perkins

  • Directors: Steve Robinson, Vicky Hinners, Clare Dornan, Lucy Swingler
  • Executive Producer: Lucy Carter
  • Production Company: Indus Films
  • First shown: 9 November 2014; BBC Two

Sue Perkins' journey up the Mekong was an ambitious project, from the river's vast Delta in Vietnam to its source high on the Tibetan Plateau. Over four episodes, Sue tackles complex issues with courage, sensitivity, intelligence and humour. From illegal wildlife trafficking to deforestation and controversial hydro-electric projects, Sue's genuine emotional engagement with the people she meets brings these issues to life - and to a large peak-time audience. Emotionally brave, vulnerable and curious, Sue has a natural charm and humility that puts people at their ease and draws out their stories.

TREVOR PHILLIPS for Things We Won't Say About Race That Are True

TREVOR PHILLIPS for Things We Won't Say About Race That Are True

  • Director: Vicki Cooper
  • Producer: Simon Finch
  • Executive Producer: Helen Veale
  • Production Company: Outline Productions
  • First shown: 19 March 2015; Channel 4

In this strongly-opinionated authored extended documentary, Trevor Phillips, the man at the heart of 30 years of effort to reduce discrimination and improve equality across the UK, makes the controversial argument that while much of the work of those in the 'equality movement' has changed Britain for the better, it may also have led to serious and unwanted consequences that could undermine what's been achieved.

WILL MILLARD for Hunters of the South Seas

WILL MILLARD for Hunters of the South Seas

  • Directors: Will Lorimer, Jamie Balment
  • Executive Producers: Lucy Carter, Steve Robinson
  • Production Company: Indus Films
  • First shown: 19 April 2015; BBC Two

First-time presenter Will Millard's series received critical acclaim and an overwhelming response across social media. As a writer who has travelled extensively in the region and a fluent Indonesian-speaker, he explored his subjects with respect, authority and journalistic curiosity. But most importantly, he forged genuine, complex and deep relationships with his hosts. Will spent four weeks with each community, experiencing the challenges and dangers they face - in one episode he took part in a brutal, traditional whale hunt. Capturing the entire sequence on his own camera, Will's finely nuanced performance under the most extreme conditions provides an emotional rawness and honesty rarely seen on television.

BBC Trustees' Award

Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto studied camera and directing at England's National Film and Television School, where she made Pride of Place, a critical look at her boarding school, and Theatre Girls, documenting a hostel for homeless women.

Her first film in Japan was EAT THE KIMONO, about the controversial feminist performer Hanayagi Genshu; Hidden Faces, about Egyptian women followed, and The Good Wife of Tokyo which explores women, love and marriage in Japan. Next Dream Girls, featuring the spectacular Japanese musical theatre company, the Tararazuka Revue; and Shinkuku Boys, about three Tokyo women who live as men. Next, Rock Wives about the wives and girlfriends of rock stars, followed by Divorce Iranian Style, in a Family Court in Tehran. Gaea Girls about a young girl's struggle to become a professional wrestler. Runaway is set in a refuge for runaway girls in Tehran. The Day I Will Never Forget is about young girls in Kenya challenging the tradition of female circumcision. Then the Grierson-winning Sisters in Law, set in Kumba, Cameroon, about teo female judges. Hold Me TIght, Let Me Go in an Oxford school for disturbed children. Rough Aunties about a group of brave women based in Durban, South Africa. PINK SARIS, from Northern India followed. Her next film, Salma, was set in Tamil Nadu, India. Followed by Love is All, an archive film about love in 20th and 21st century UK films. The followed Cross and Passion, about women in the Northern Ireland troubles, was set on Turf Lodge, Belfast. Her latest film, Dreamcatcher focuses on the work of Brenda Myers-Powell, whose Dreamcatcher Foundation is a Chicago-based charity that helps women get out of prostitution. It was released in January 2015 and features on the Grierson 2015 shortlist for Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International.

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