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Splice Best Single Documentary - Domestic

Aberfan: The Green Hollow

Aberfan: The Green Hollow

  • Director: Pip Broughton
  • Producer: Jenna Robbins
  • Executive Producer: Bethan Jones
  • Editor: David Charap
  • Production Co: BBC Studios Wales in association with Vox Pictures
  • First shown: 23 October 2016; BBC One Wales

A film poem to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, written by Owen Sheers and performed by a stellar cast of Wales's best-known acting talent, including Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce, Sian Phillips, Eve Myles and Iwan Rheon, with some contributions from the local community.

Hillsborough

Hillsborough

  • Director/Producer: Daniel Gordon
  • Executive Producer: John Battsek
  • Editor: Andy R Worboys
  • Production Co: Very Much So Productions & Passion Pictures
  • First shown: 8 May 2016; BBC Two

Hillsborough is an in-depth, moving account of Britain’s worst sporting disaster in which 96 men, women and children were killed, hundreds injured and thousands traumatised - and recounts the 27-year campaign for justice fought on behalf of the 96 who died.

No Place to Call Home

No Place to Call Home

  • Director: Luke Sewell
  • Producers: Luke Sewell, Zoe Hutton, Emily Spooner, Martin Webb
  • Executive Producer: Aysha Rafaele
  • Editor: Michael Harte
  • Production Co: BBC Studios The Documentary Unit
  • First shown: 19 October 2016; BBC Two

50 years ago, the powerful Cathy Come Home shone a light on the desperate housing problems gripping Britain. Now, the country is once again at the mercy of a housing meltdown - a lack of affordable homes, sky-high rents, 70of council housing stock sold, a rise in homelessness. Filmed over nine months, this film shows us a whole new generation desperately looking in vain for a place to call home.

Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad

Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad

  • Director: Matt Smith
  • Producer: Jess Winteringham
  • Executive Producers: Grant Best, James Hayes, Alison Kirkham, Maxine Watson
  • Editor: Martin Thompson
  • Production Co: Only The Best Productions
  • First shown: 28 March 2017; BBC One

In May 2015 Rio Ferdinand lost his 34-year-old wife, Rebecca to cancer. A year on he is still trying to come to terms with his loss and its effects on himself and his three children. The film follows Rio as he meets other families coping with bereavements and looks at what help is available to parents and children who have experienced loss, while struggling to move on with his own life.

Channel 4 Best Single Documentary - International

The Fall

The Fall

  • Director: Daniel Gordon
  • Producer: Karen Emsley
  • Executive Producer: John Battsek, James Quinn, Celia Taylor
  • Editor: Matt Wyllie
  • Production Co: Hillside Productions (part of CTVC) in association with Passion Pictures
  • First shown: 28 July 2016; Picturehouse Central

This is the story of Zola Budd, a white South African barefoot runner and Mary Decker, America’s track-and- field prodigy, which remained untold for over 30 years. With unprecedented access, The Fall explores the truth behind one of the most memorable moments in sporting history; unearthing an unexpected narrative of social and political unrest, corruption and exploitation to finally reveal the poignant and remarkably parallel lives of two young women, who just wanted to run.

Last Days of Solitary

Last Days of Solitary

  • Directors: Dan Edge, Lauren Mucciolo
  • Producers: Dan Edge, Lauren Mucciolo, Elizabeth C Jones
  • Executive Producers: Kate Townsend, Nick Fraser, Raney Aronson
  • Editor: Tim Lovell
  • Production Co: Mongoose Pictures in association with FRONTLINE PBS
  • First shown: 27 March 2017; BBC Four

The US is the world leader in solitary confinement. More than 80,000 American prisoners live in isolation; some have been there for decades. In 2013, filmmakers Dan Edge and Lauren Mucciolo were given unprecedented access to the solitary unit of Maine State Prison and filmed there for over three years. The result is a harrowing portrait of life in solitary and a unique document of a risky experiment in prison reform.

Machines

Machines

  • Director: Rahul Jain
  • Producers: Rahul Jain, Iikka Vehkalahti, Thanassis Karathanos
  • Editors: Rahul Jain, Yaël Bitton
  • Production Co: Jann Pictures, IV Films & Pallas FIlms
  • First shown: 22 April 2017; Frames of Representation, ICA

A visually compelling look behind the doors of a textile factory in India, exploring the meaning of modern day labour, exploitation and the human cost of mass production in our globalized world

Unarmed Black Male

Unarmed Black Male

  • Director: James Jones
  • Producers: James Jones, Sarah Foudy
  • Executive Producers: Sarah Waldron, Sam Bagnall
  • Production Co: BBC Current Affairs
  • First shown: 2 November 2016; BBC Two

This powerful 90-minute documentary forensically follows the trial of police officer Stephen Rankin who, on 22 April 2015, while responding a shoplifting call, shot and killed unarmed teenager William Chapman. With unprecedented access to friends, family and legal teams we watch as Rankin's troubling prior record in the police department is revealed against the backdrop of an America more racially divided than it has been for decades.

The Open University Best Current Affairs Documentary

Behind the Zero Line

Behind the Zero Line

  • Director/Producer: Frederick Paxton
  • Executive Producers: Kevin Sutcliffe, Jason Mojica, Eddy Morretti, Shane Smith, Suroosh Alvi
  • Editor: Andrew Cross
  • Production Co: VICELAND UK
  • First shown: 27 November 2016; VICELAND UK

Behind the Zero Line is a film about the residents and soldiers trapped in the village of Zaitsevo, Ukraine - a no-man’s land caught between the separatist and government front lines of Eastern Ukraine.

Goodbye Aleppo

Goodbye Aleppo

  • Director/Producer: Christine Garabedian
  • Executive Producer: Marc Perkins
  • Editor: Kai Lawrence
  • Production Co: BBC Arabic
  • First shown: 11 April 2017; BBC Arabic

Four young citizen journalists film themselves and each other with small cameras and mobile phones in extremely dangerous and life-threatening situations, trapped, bombarded, and encircled with civilians under siege in East Aleppo as the battle for the Syrian city rages around them in December 2016.

Last Days of Solitary

Last Days of Solitary

  • Directors: Dan Edge, Lauren Mucciolo
  • Producers: Dan Edge, Lauren Mucciolo, Elizabeth C Jones
  • Executive Producers: Kate Townsend, Nick Fraser, Raney Aronson
  • Editor: Tim Lovell
  • Production Co: Mongoose Pictures in association with FRONTLINE PBS
  • First shown: 27 March 2017; BBC Four

The US is the world leader in solitary confinement. More than 80,000 American prisoners live in isolation; some have been there for decades. In 2013, filmmakers Dan Edge and Lauren Mucciolo were given unprecedented access to the solitary unit of Maine State Prison and filmed there for over three years. The result is a harrowing portrait of life in solitary and a unique document of a risky experiment in prison reform.

The Secret Life of Prisons

  • Director: Tom Barrow
  • Producer: Tess Mawle
  • Executive Producer: Simon Ford
  • Editor: Christopher Swayne
  • Production Co: Shine TV
  • First shown: 10 November 2016; Channel 4

A major new documentary which reveals how brutal the reality of life inside British prisons can be - featuring numerous videos shot illegally by prisoners on smuggled-in mobile phones. These videos are being secretly uploaded to the internet from prisons on a daily basis and the footage reveals the apparent prevalence of violence, drugs and anarchy within some institutions.

Grant Thornton Best Arts Documentary

Bricks!

Bricks!

  • Director/Producer: Clare Beavan
  • Executive Producer: Tanya Hudson
  • Editor: Leigh Brzeski
  • Production Co: BBC Studios
  • First shown: 20 September 2016; BBC Four

When the Tate Gallery exhibited Carl Andre's sculpture Equivalent VIII in 1976 it triggered a national outcry. Before Tracey’s Bed, before Damien’s Shark, there were ‘The Tate Bricks’. Forty years on Bricks! unpicks the controversy and tells the story of what happened when modern art and public opinion came up against a brick wall. The film has no presenter or narrator. Instead all the key players tell their version of events as they unfolded.

Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence

Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence

  • Director: Richard Curson-Smith
  • Producer: Lucy Evans
  • Executive Producer: Franny Moyle
  • Editor: Andrew Quigley
  • Production Co: IWC Media
  • First shown: 28 January 2017; BBC Two

The film excavates the man behind the myth, revealing the painter anew in a vivid, intense, detailed and personal biography. In a journalistic tour de force, featuring testimony from many who have never spoken on camera about Bacon, the film unpacks a Jekyll and Hyde character: charming, and sympathetic, but also determined, controlling and masochistic. Brilliant use of archive and specially-composed music combine in a film that though stylistically simple, offers a powerful viewing experience.

Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories

Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories

  • Director: Nick Willing
  • Producer: Michele Camarda
  • Executive Producers: Liz Hartford, Mark Bell, Kate Townsend
  • Editor: Nick Willing
  • Production Co: Kismet Film Company
  • First shown: 25 March 2017; BBC Two

A unique insight into the life and work of celebrated painter Paula Rego directed by her son, the filmmaker Nick Willing. Notoriously private and guarded, Rego opens up for the first time surprising her son with secrets and stories of her unique life, battling fascism, a misogynistic art world and manic depression.

The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4)

The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4)

  • Director/Producer: Jude Ho
  • Executive Producer: Richard Bright
  • Editor: Alex Broad
  • Production Co: Pacific Quay Productions, BBC Studios
  • First shown: 15 October 2016; BBC Two

Sue Townsend left school at 14 with no qualifications and in her early twenties was a single mother struggling to feed her three children. A decade later, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 3/4) made her the best-selling author of the era. Narrated by Julie Walters, this life-affirming profile is told with the help of children from Sue's old school, friends, family and some of the comedy and literary stars she inspired.

Televisual Best Historical Documentary

13th

13th

  • Director: Ava DuVernay
  • Producers: Ava DuVernay, Howard Barish, Spencer Averick
  • Executive Producers: Angus Wall, Jason Sterman
  • Editor: Spencer Averick
  • Production Co: Forward Movement LLC & Kandoo Films
  • First shown: 7 October 2016; Netflix

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads ”Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.

Aberfan: The Green Hollow

  • Director: Pip Broughton
  • Producer: Jenna Robbins
  • Executive Producer: Bethan Jones
  • Editor: David Charap
  • Production Co: BBC Studios Wales in association with Vox Pictures
  • First shown: 23 October 2016; BBC One Wales

A film poem to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, written by Owen Sheers and performed by a stellar cast of Wales's best-known acting talent, including Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce, Sian Phillips, Eve Myles and Iwan Rheon, with some contributions from the local community.

Destination Unknown

  • Director: Claire Ferguson
  • Producers: Llion Roberts, Robert A Law
  • Executive Producers: Christopher Hird, Stephen D Smith
  • Editor: Claire Ferguson
  • Production Co: Gigatel
  • First shown: 11 June 2016; Sheffield Doc/Fest

Twelve survivors; twelve families torn apart by the Holocaust; twelve people striving to build a new future after the war.

I Am Not Your Negro

  • Director: Raoul Peck
  • Producers: Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hébert Peck
  • Executive Producers: Fabrice Puchault, Alex Szalat, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Leslie Fields-Cruz
  • Editor: Alexandra Strauss
  • Production Co: Velvet Film, Inc. (USA), Velvet Film (France), Art√©mis Productions & Close Up Films
  • First shown: 7 April 2017; General theatrical release

Told entirely in the words of James Baldwin, through both personal appearances and the text of his final unfinished book project, I Am Not Your Negro touches on the lives and assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, and Medgar Evers to bring powerful clarity to how the image and reality of Blacks in America today is fabricated and enforced.

Sargent-Disc Best Science Documentary

The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs - Episode 1

  • Director: Jack Rampling
  • Producer: Lizzie Bolton
  • Executive Producer: Dominique Walker
  • Series Director: Emeka Onono
  • Editor: Leigh Brzeski
  • Production Co: Raw TV
  • First shown: 29 September 2016; BBC One

In this radical social experiment, Dr Chris van Tulleken takes over part of a GP surgery and stops patients’ prescriptions to try to prove that non-pharma treatments can be more effective than drugs at treating many of our most common illnesses.

The Drug Trial: Emergency at the Hospital

  • Director/Producer: Barbie MacLaurin
  • Executive Producer: Richard Bond, Dimitri Doganis
  • Editors: Duncan Hill, Gregor Lyon
  • Production Co: Raw TV
  • First shown: 21 February 2017; BBC Two

This film tells the story of one of the most infamous incidents in recent British medical history. On 13 March 2006, eight healthy young men took part in a clinical trial for a leukaemia drug that went very wrong.

Forces of Nature with Brian Cox: Episode 2, Somewhere in Spacetime

  • Director/Producer: Stephen Cooter
  • Executive Producer: Andrew Cohen
  • Series Producer: Danielle Peck
  • Production Co: BBC Studios with PBS co-produced by France Télévisions
  • First shown: 19 January 2017; BBC One

Forces of Nature with Brian Cox reveals how Earth’s infinite beauty and complexity is created by a handful of physical forces. Brian weaves stories of human and animal daring with answers to questions about how our planet works - including why is the Earth round; why are our oceans blue and why are there two tides each day? By answering these simple questions Brian reveals some fundamental truths about the way the entire cosmos works.

Michael Mosley vs The Superbugs

  • Director: Peter Gauvain
  • Executive Producer: Alan Hayling
  • Editor: Ian Meller
  • Production Co: Renegade Pictures (UK) Ltd
  • First shown: 17 May 2017; BBC Four

In Michael Mosley vs The Superbugs, Michael Mosley goes in search of the causes of the impending antibiotic resistance crisis facing medicine - and possible solutions to overcome it. At the heart of the film is an unprecedented experiment to create a life-size clone of Michael Mosley in agar and then grow on it bacteria taken from all over his body.

Isle of Media Best Natural History Documentary

Birds of Paradise: The Ultimate Quest - Episode 2

  • Director/Producer: Simon Davies
  • Executive Producers: Dick Colthurst, Sarah Swingler
  • Editors: William Ward-Lewis, Peter Fisher
  • Production Co: Tigress Productions
  • First shown: 10 February 2017; BBC Two

BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner, and explorer, Benedict Allen, undertake an extraordinary journey through Papua New Guinea. Gardner is pursuing a lifelong dream to see birds of paradise while Allen is returning to the tribe he abandoned 30 years ago.

Monkeys: An Amazing Animal Family - Asia

  • Directors: Clare Dornan, Alex Williamson
  • Producer: Sam Hodgson
  • Executive Producer: Alex Williamson
  • Editor: Rupert Troskie
  • Production Co: Offspring Films
  • First shown: 25 December 2016; Sky 1

This stunning natural history series takes us on a journey through time, to retrace the story of the primate family through the twists and turns of its family tree. Through intimate monkey encounters, sumptuous wildlife photography and a CG family tree - biologist Patrick Aryee shows how different key members of this family evolved bizarre bodies, intelligent behaviours and tight-knit social groups to thrive in some of the planet’s wildest landscapes.

Planet Earth II - Islands

  • Director/Producer: Elizabeth White
  • Executive Producer: Michael Gunton
  • Series Producer: Tom Hugh-Jones
  • Production Co: BBC Studios Natural History Unit co-production with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Télévisions
  • First shown: 6 November 2016; BBC One

10 years on from the original Planet Earth, Planet Earth II Islands shows us life on our planet in entirely new ways. Captured in stunning Ultra-high definition detail and using a whole range of new camera technology this series brings us closer to animals than ever before and reveals new wildlife dramas for the very first time.

Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World - Episode 1

  • Directors: John Murray, Cepa Giblin
  • Producer: John Murray
  • Series Producer: John Murray
  • Editor: Jamie Fitzpatrick
  • Production Co: Crossing the Line Productions
  • First shown: 17 March 2017; BBC Two

A unique personal journey along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world featuring the wildlife and wild places that make it so special. Emmy award-winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson takes viewers on an authored odyssey along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast - the place he chooses to make his home after 30 years spent shooting some of the world’s most celebrated wildlife films.

Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary

999: What's Your Emergency? - Nobody ever said, ‘When I grow up I want to answer 999 calls’

  • Directors: James Incledon, Sam Barnes, Chris Rowe
  • Producers: Claire Cahill, Ruth Nicklin
  • Executive Producers: David Hodgkinson, Ed Coulthard
  • Series Producer: Jo Abel
  • Editor: Chloe Lambourne
  • Production Co: Blast! Films
  • First shown: 4 July 2016; Channel 4

Set entirely inside one 999 call centre, this film focuses on the heart of the 999 system. It's a place where call handlers, many in their early twenties, deal with life, death and everything in between. We witness their patience, frustration and vital sense of humour as they struggle to answer up to 100 cries for help per shift, and do their best to prioritise increasingly limited resources in a system pushed beyond breaking point.

The Chronicles of Nadiya - Episode 1

  • Director: Martha Delap
  • Producer: Charlotte Armstrong
  • Executive Producer: Kieran Smith
  • Series Producer: Martha Delap
  • Editor: Liz Roe
  • Production Co: Love Productions
  • First shown: 24 August 2016; BBC One

Nadiya Hussain visits her family village near Sylhet in the north east of the Bangladesh. Using local produce and techniques she shares her favourite recipes, including baked fish with green mango chutney and a halva called thoosha shinni. As she cooks she reveals the roots of Bangladeshi cuisine.

First Dates (Series 8, Episode 1)

  • Directors: Richard Mears, Tom Locking
  • Producer: Vari Innes
  • Executive Producers: Barnaby Coughlin, Michele Kurland
  • Series Producers: Jon Crisp, Lana Salah
  • Editors: Radek Sienski, Ash Samways, Tim Clack
  • Production Co: Twenty Twenty
  • First shown: 18 April 2017; Channel 4

First Dates often does a surprisingly accurate job of matching hopefuls but Emma did not get the perfect partner after being paired up with Peter, who she had dated 18 months ago, and unceremoniously dumped her via text. A frank and awkward date unfolds as Emma is once again charmed by Peter with a nail biting conclusion where she has to decide to forgive him and see him again or not.

The Real Marigold on Tour - Florida

  • Director: Simon Draper
  • Executive Producers: David Clews, Andrew Mackenzie- Betty
  • Production Co: Twofour
  • First shown: 27 December 2016; BBC Two

In their quest to find the best places in the world to grow old, stars of The Real Marigold Hotel Miriam Margoyles, Wayne Sleep, Bobby George and Rosemary Shrager head to the sunshine state of Florida to meet the people living out their golden years in gated communities. But the cast soon learn this suburban paradise, complete with 24-hour security, immaculate lawns, multiple facelifts and activities on tap, isn’t everyone’s American dream.

Envy Best Documentary Series

American Justice

  • Directors: Arthur Cary, Jonathan Taylor
  • Producers: Anna Ryder, Gaby Aung
  • Executive Producers: Colin Barr, Katie Buchanan
  • Production Co: Minnow Films
  • First shown: 21 March 2017; BBC Two

Located in the city of Jacksonville, Florida's 'murder capital', this series tells the story of the justice system through the eyes of those who administer it every day.

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

  • Directors: James Bluemel, Jack MacInnes, Paul Glynn, Robin Barnwell
  • Producers: Itab Azzam, Brigitte Scheffer, Rebecca Stewart
  • Executive Producers: Will Anderson, Andrew Palmer
  • Series Producer: Jane Merkin
  • Editors: Simon Sykes, Sunshine Jackson, Nick Fenton
  • Production Co: Keo Films produced in partnership with The Open University
  • First shown: 11 July 2016; BBC Two

In 2015, more than 1 million migrants and refugees smuggled themselves into Europe. KEO Films gave some of them cameraphones to film the parts of their journeys where regular documentary crews could not go. Told by the migrants themselves, this is the story of the biggest human migration since the Second World War.

Hospital

  • Director: Production Team
  • Production Co: Label1 - ITV Studios in partnership with The Open University.
  • First shown: 11 January 2017; BBC Two

Hospital brought the audience intensely close to the issues that dominate the headlines. With unprecedented access to one of the biggest NHS Trusts, the series captured the realities facing NHS staff and its patients in a detailed and complex manner. Filmed in six weeks and broadcast during the winter crisis, it revealed the dilemmas faced by consultants, surgeons and bed managers, and the profound consequences of their decisions.

OJ: Made in America

  • Director: Ezra Edelman
  • Producers: Caroline Waterlow, Tamara Rosenberg, Nina Krstic
  • Executive Producers: Connor Schell, Libby Geist
  • Editors: Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski
  • Production Co: ESPN Films, Laylow Films
  • First shown: 14 May 2017; BBC Four

It is the defining cultural tale of modern America – a saga of race, celebrity, media, violence, and the criminal justice system. And two decades after its unforgettable climax, it continues to fascinate, polarize, and even, yes, develop new chapters. From Peabody and Emmy-award winning director Ezra Edelman and the producers of ESPN's award-winning 30 for 30, comes OJ: Made in America.

Evolutions Best Constructed Documentary Series

Hunted

  • Director/Producers: Production Team
  • Production Co: Shine TV
  • First shown: 22 September 2016; Channel 4

10 ordinary Brits pit their wits against some of world’s best investigators for C4’s hit factual thriller, which explores Britain’s surveillance state through the medium of constructed reality. The stakes are high; if the fugitives evade capture for 28 days they’ll win a share of £100,000. But they're up against a formidable force. Tracking them down is an elite team of 30 hunters recruited from M15, the British police and military intelligence.

Muslims Like Us

  • Directors: Production Team
  • Executive Producer: Kieran Smith
  • Series Producer: Mobeen Azhar
  • Series Editor: Oliver Manley
  • Editors: Nick Packer, Owen Thomas
  • Production Co: Love Productions
  • First shown: 12 December 2016; BBC Two

Britain’s 2.7 million Muslims are united in faith. In Muslim homes across the country, there is on-going discussion about what and who best represents Islam. In this unique and bold experiment witnesses these dilemmas played out for real. 10 British Muslims who represent the diversity of their faith explore how their faith impacts their lives. Topical, important and, at times, charged exchanges shine a light on what it means to be a Muslim in modern Britain.

Rich House, Poor House

  • Director/Producers: Danny Fildes, Marcus English, Adrian Hylton
  • Executive Producer: Claire Collinson-Jones
  • Editor: Duncan Cowan
  • Production Co: Hat Trick Productions
  • First shown: 30 March 2017; Channel 5

Daring to break down social borders and challenge attitudes, Channel 5’s Rich House Poor House, is a fascinating socio-economic experiment, shining a spotlight on the increasingly prevalent wealth divide. Described as ‘life-affirming TV at its best’ by a leading TV critic, each episode features two families from opposite ends of the wealth spectrum, who trade lives for seven days to find out if money really does buy happiness.

SAS: Who Dares Wins

  • Director: Alex Kiehl, Sophie Leonard, Frankie Fathers
  • Producers: Emily Freud, Kate Elliot, Hayley Reynolds
  • Executive Producers: Colin Barr, Ruth Kelly
  • Series Producer: Sophie Leonard
  • Editors: Paul Van Dyck, James Pounce, Jamie Heath, Sam Bergson, Martin Thompson
  • Production Co: Minnow Films
  • First shown: 17 October 2016; Channel 4

Welcome to the Jungle - the second series of SAS: Who Dares Wins returns as four ex-Special Forces Soldiers take a group of 25 civilians deep into the Ecuadorian jungle in the ultimate test of their physical and - more importantly - psychological resilience.

Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary

Half Way

  • Director: Daisy-May Hudson
  • Producers: Daisy-May Hudson, Claire O'Neill, Alice Whittaker Hughes
  • Assistant Producer: Thea Paulett
  • Executive Producer: Jacqueline Edenbrow
  • Editor: Vera Simmonds
  • First shown: 2 December 2016: General theatrical release

Filmed over a year, Daisy-May is director and daughter as her and her family fight to retain their dignity in a hostel whilst waiting to be rehoused by the council. This is an extraordinary story of courage; one which is both heart-breaking and life-affirming, combining moments of tremendous tenderness with hilarious and unexpected humour. Half Way is an empowering and rare insight into the struggles that thousands of homeless families are facing right now.

I Am Not Your Negro

  • Director: Raoul Peck
  • Producers: Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hébert Peck
  • Executive Producers: Fabrice Puchault, Alex Szalat, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Leslie Fields-Cruz
  • Editor: Alexandra Strauss
  • Production Co: Velvet Film, Inc. (USA), Velvet Film (France), Artémis Productions, Close Up Films
  • First shown: 7 April 2017; General theatrical release

Told entirely in the words of James Baldwin, through both personal appearances and the text of his final unfinished book project, I Am Not Your Negro touches on the lives and assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers to bring powerful clarity to how the image and reality of Blacks in America today is fabricated and enforced

Life, Animated

  • Director: Roger Ross Williams
  • Producer: Julie Goldman
  • Executive Producers: Molly Thompson, Robert DeBitetto, Robert Sharenow, Ron Suskind
  • Editor: David Teague
  • Production Co: A&E Television Networks LLC
  • First shown: 9 December 2016: General theatrical release

A documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams based on a book by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Ron Suskind. Life, Animated tells the remarkable story of how Owen Suskind, a boy diagnosed with Autism, found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world.

Weiner

  • Director/Producers: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
  • Executive Producers: Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Lily Fan
  • Editor: Eli Despres
  • Production Co: AWD Films LLC
  • First shown: 8 July 2016: General theatrical release

Many politicians have seen their careers careen off the tracks, but few instances have been captured so completely on film as the incisive and painfully funny Weiner.

Yaddo Best Documentary Short

Fish Story

  • Director: Charlie Lyne
  • Producers: Charlie Lyne, Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing
  • Editor: Charlie Lyne
  • Production Co: Loop
  • First shown: 16 February 2017; First UK screening was at BFI Future Film Fest

Sometime in the 1980s, Caspar Salmon’s grandmother was invited to a gathering on the Welsh island of Anglesey, attended exclusively by people with fish surnames. Or so he says. Thirty years later, filmmaker Charlie Lyne attempts to sort myth from reality as he searches for the truth behind this fishy tale.

Johanna

  • Director/Producer: Ian Derry
  • Editor: Joe Walton
  • Production Co: Archer's Mark
  • First shown: 1 September 2016; NOWNESS

Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad discovered the extreme sport during recovery from a downhill biking accident that almost claimed her leg, and now holds the world record for a 50-metre dive under perilous Arctic ice.

The Refugee Diaries: Part Three

  • Director: Jack Collins
  • Producer: Katie Hindley
  • Executive Producer: James Rogan
  • Editor: Yann Heckmann
  • Production Co: Rogan Productions
  • First shown: 2 January 2017; BBC Three

After his home was destroyed, Thaer escaped the civil war in Syria in search of safety in the UK. In episode three, Thaer’s life hits a crossroads. As the bombing in Syria intensifies he has to make tough decisions about his future in London. Thaer wants to resume his studies at University, but first must pass an important exam. With the pressure mounting, and as his friends back home are under fire, can he succeed?

Seventeen

  • Director: Mollie Mills
  • Producer: Emily McDonald
  • Executive Producer: Francis Baker
  • Editor: Laura Cairney-Keize
  • Production Co: Green Door Pictures
  • First shown: 29 March 2017; BBC Three

Seventeen explores the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a group of adolescents in seaside Britain. Filmmaker Mollie Mills took to the streets in Scarborough to find and build a deeply personal portrait of the uniquely diverse 17- year-olds you meet.

ITV Best Student Documentary

Acta Non Verba

  • Director: Yvann Yagchi
  • Producer: Fawzia Mahmood
  • Production Co: NFTS
  • First shown: 20 February 2017; University/College screening

On 6 October 2012, at approximately midnight, a Swiss banker, Michel Yagchi, committed suicide in the basement of his house in Geneva. That evening, Michel’s entire family was out of the country, travelling to Brussels to attend the graduation of Michel's eldest son, Yvann. Three years later, Yvann decided to start investigating his father’s mysterious suicide, concurrently confronting his family and his father’s friends and colleagues.

Chomo

  • Director: Maayan Arad
  • Production Co: NFTS
  • First shown: 20 February 2017; University/College screening

At a nunnery in the Himalayas, a young woman named Chomo fills her days with meditation and study, hoping to emulate the first class of senior nuns to receive the prestigious Geshema degree. This quiet portrait contemplates a fairer future for women in her field.

Homebound

  • Director: Tom Jeffery
  • Producer: Spencer Phillips
  • Production Co: London College of Communication
  • First shown: 19 May 2016; University/College screening

An intimate account of the film director's past experience with paranoid schizophrenia, told through the eyes of his closest family members. This is a brave, elegiac, and beautifully intimate insight into a family reflecting on how they deal with a history of mental illness. It is sympathetic to all the contributors without shying away from difficult themes of guilt and remorse.

Pride in Rags

  • Director: Tom Whitaker
  • Production Co: NFTS
  • First shown: 20 February 2017; University/College screening

Recent events have brought unwanted attention to Dewsbury, a small and racially divided town in West Yorkshire. From suicide bombers to the sad case of Shannon Matthews, the area is regularly trashed by the national media. Danny Lockwood is the local Rupert Murdoch, a controversial newspaper publisher and author of The Islamic Republic of Dewsbury. Pride in Rags looks at Dewsbury through Lockwood’s controversial paper, at a time of great social division in Britain.

Warner Bros TV Production UK Best Documentary Presenter

GRAYSON PERRY for Grayson Perry: All Man

  • Directors: Neil Crombie, Arthur Cary
  • Executive Producer: Joe Evans
  • Production Co: Swan Films
  • First shown: 5 May 2016; Channel 4

In this series, frock-wearing, mountain-biking, father-of-one Grayson Perry puts himself in three ultra-male worlds to see what their extreme masculinity has to tell us about the changing lives and expectations of all men in Britain today. As ever, he tries to capture what he sees by making art, and then shows that art to the people who inspired it.

NADIYA HUSSAIN for The Chronicles of Nadiya

  • Director: Martha Delap
  • Producer: Charlotte Armstrong
  • Executive Producer: Kieran Smith
  • Series Producer: Martha Delap
  • Editor: Liz Roe
  • Production Co: Love Productions
  • First shown: 24 August 2016; BBC One

The Chronicles of Nadiya was an exuberant food-inspired journey from Nadiya's birthplace in Luton to her family village in the north east of Bangladesh. This two-part series was the first documentary ever made by Nadiya, star of The Great British Bake Off, and it combined personal revelation with fascinating food travelogue as well as exploring the hidden world of Bangladesh and the exceptional dishes typical of the country.

RICH HALL for Rich Hall's Presidential Grudge Match

  • Director: Chris Cottam
  • Producer: John McCormack
  • Executive Producers: Andrew Beint, Anthony Caveney
  • Production Co: Open Mike Productions
  • First shown: 7 November 2016; BBC Four

In Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match, he examines the sordid machinations of becoming POTUS. With the help of those who ran for President, their campaign managers and political experts, Rich examines the underhand methods used to get one over on their opponent, the Presidential debates and the character assassination. Rich looks at those Presidents who had the greatest impact and will forever be admired and those who will only be remembered for being useless.

STACEY DOOLEY for Stacey Dooley Investigates: Young Sex for Sale in Japan

  • Director: Joyce Trozzo
  • Production Co: BBC Current Affairs London
  • First shown: 28 February 2017; BBC Three

Since beginning her career in 2007 Stacey Dooley has become an accomplished presenter and tenacious journalist, delivering shocking exposes the hard to reach audiences and giving a voice to unheard victims around the world. Over the last decade she has worked on hundreds of stories from Syria to Brazil.

BBC Grierson Trustees' Award

Documentary maker, producer, presenter and all round natural history guru, Alastair Fothergill will be honoured with the prestigious BBC Grierson Trustees' Award at the 2017 British Documentary Awards.

At the forefront of natural history programming for over 30 years, Alastair Fothergill is responsible for some of the most impactful and innovative natural history programming lauded the world over.

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