The Grierson Awards 2015: Winners
See the photos for the awards ceremony 2015.
- Evolutions Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - Domestic
- Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International
- The Open University Best Documentary on Current Affairs
- Televisual Best Arts Documentary
- ITN Source Best Historical Documentary
- Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary
- Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary
- Envy Best Documentary Series
- Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary
- Channel 4 Best Newcomer Documentary
- Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary
- Clockwork Capital Documentary Presenter of the Year
- BBC Trustees' Award
Evolutions Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - Domestic
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.
Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International
- 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 Open University Best Documentary on Current Affairs
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.
Televisual Best Arts Documentary
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.
ITN Source Best Historical Documentary
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?
Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary
- 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.
Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary
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.
Envy Best Documentary Series
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
- 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
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.
Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary
The Wolf, The Ship and the Little Green Bag
- Director: Kathryn MacCorgarry Gray
- Producer: Cullum Carver-Jones
- Editor: Hannah Jayawardene
- 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?
- 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.
BBC Trustees' Award
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.