The Grierson Awards 2021: Nominations

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    Envy Best Single Documentary - Domestic

    David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

    • Jonnie Hughes, Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey & Colin Butfield
    • Silverback Films & WWF Production — Netflix

    This documentary tells the story of life on our planet by the man who has seen more of the natural world than most. In 90+ years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder.

    Defending Digga D

    • Marian Mohamed, Samuel R. Santana & Emma Wakefield
    • Lambent Productions — BBC Three

    20-year-old rapper Digga D is one of the biggest drill artists in the UK. But his music is rigorously policed. Released from prison at a pivotal moment of his life, this film discovers whether he can stay out of trouble and achieve success under such close scrutiny. A year after his last hit, Digga is coming back. He has everything to fight for— and everything to lose.

    Katie Price: Harvey and Me

    • Hannah Lowes, Cath Boggan, Sophie Leonard & Tom Dixon-Spain
    • Minnow Films — BBC One

    A deeply personal film about Katie Price and her disabled son Harvey as he turns 18 and becomes an adult. An exciting milestone, but for some disabled young adults it also brings a daunting uncertainty as the people and places that have cared for Harvey must change. He and Katie must navigate this transition together and face tough decisions – where he’ll live and what his future looks like, as they also learn to let go.

    Locked In: Breaking the Silence

    • Xavier Alford, Colette Hodges, Sacha Mirzoeff, Poppy Goodheart, Iris Maor & Jane Zurakowski
    • Marble Films – BBC Four

    Locked In: Breaking the Silence is an intimate, personal and surprisingly life-affirming story with a rare illness at its heart. Director Xavier Alford is finally confronting an illness he has been hiding from family, close friends and even himself. Locked In offers a fresh and unflinchingly honest perspective on the benefits of confronting the very things that scare us most, as Xavier finds that talking with fellow patients and his family makes them all stronger.

    Molinare Best Single Documentary - International

    Collective: Unravelling a Scandal

    • Alexander Nanau, Bianca Oana, Bernard Michaux, Hanka Kastelicova & Antoaneta Opriș
    • Alexander Nanau Production – BBC Four

    In 2015, a fire at Bucharest’s Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and 180 injured. Soon, more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. Then a doctor blows the whistle to a team of investigative journalists. One revelation leads to another as the journalists start to uncover vast health care fraud. When a new health minister is appointed, he offers unprecedented access to his efforts to reform the corrupt system but also to the obstacles he faces. Following journalists, whistle-blowers, burn victims, and government officials, Collective is an uncompromising look at the impact of investigative journalism at its best.

    Father Soldier Son

    • Production team
    • A Netflix Original Documentary & A New York Times Production — Netflix

    After a single father is severely wounded in Afghanistan, he and his sons embark on a journey of sacrifice and a search for redemption.

    The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo (Las Tres Muertes de Marisela Escobedo)

    • Axel Pedraza, Ricardo Poery, Sara Rafsky, Ivonne Gutierrez, Laura Woldnberg & Carlos Pérez Osorio
    • A Vice Studios Latin America & Scopio Production – Netflix

    This documentary examines a mother’s tireless crusade to jail her daughter’s murderer after Mexico’s justice system failed to do so.

    Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge

    • David France, Alice Henty, Joy A. Tomchin, Askold Kurov, Tyler H. Walk & Igor Myakotin
    • Public Square Films – BBC Four

    Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge bears witness to the work of Russian activists rescuing victims of a governmental anti-LGBTQ purge, hiding them in safe houses, smuggling them into other countries and attempting to gain the assistance of foreign governments. This is not historical fiction, but a tragically contemporary account of an ongoing humanitarian crisis — a genocide in the making.

    Televisual Best Current Affairs Documentary

    ITV Exposure: In Cold Blood

    • Marcus Plowright, Celia Watson, Diene Petterle, Nina Davies, Leigh Brzeski & Alex Parsons
    • Darlow Smithson Productions – ITV

    This new 90-minute feature-length documentary for ITV's Exposure strand examines the biggest treatment disaster in NHS history. In the 1970s, a new treatment for haemophilia known as Factor VIII was prescribed on the NHS. It infected over 1,300 people with HIV, more than 4,000 people with Hepatitis C and killed more people than Grenfell, Hillsborough, 7/7 and the Birmingham bombings combined. Yet its scale and impact has until now been relatively understated in Britain.

    Return From ISIS: A Family’s Story

    • Joshua Baker, Karen Wightman, Raney Aronson-Rath, Dan Edge, Leo Telling & Nuvine Ibrahim
    • Mongoose & BBC Panorama – BBC One

    The extraordinary story of one family's journey from a small town in America to the heart of ISIS and back. Filmed over four years, journalist Josh Baker investigates the story of Sam Sally. After arriving in Syria, her husband became an ISIS sniper, and her young son Matthew was forced to take part in an infamous propaganda video. Sam says she was tricked into going, but what is the truth?

    Undercover in the Schools that Chain Boys

    • Fath Al-Rahman Al-Hamdani, Jessica Kelly, Mamdouh Akbiek, Bettina Waked, Simon Cox & Mustafa Khalili
    • BBC News Arabic Documentaries – BBC Arabic

    A BBC News Arabic investigation has uncovered systemic child abuse inside Islamic schools in Sudan, with boys as young as five years old routinely chained, shackled and beaten by the ‘sheikhs’, or religious men in charge of the schools. The investigation found evidence of rape and sexual abuse. For 18 months, reporter Fateh Al-Rahman Al-Hamdani, filmed inside 23 schools across Sudan. The film follows the boys’ recoveries and their families’ fight for justice.

    Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge

    • David France, Alice Henty, Joy A. Tomchin, Askold Kurov, Tyler H. Walk & Igor Myakotin
    • Public Square Films – BBC Four

    Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge bears witness to the work of Russian activists rescuing victims of a governmental anti-LGBTQ purge, hiding them in safe houses, smuggling them into other countries and attempting to gain the assistance of foreign governments. This is not historical fiction, but a tragically contemporary account of an ongoing humanitarian crisis — a genocide in the making.

    Storm Best Arts Documentary

    African Apocalypse

    • Rob Lemkin, Femi Nylander, Geoff Arbourne, David Upshal, Matt McConaghy & David Charap
    • Inside Out Films & Lemkino Pictures – BBC Two

    A young British-Nigerian poet travels to West Africa to search for the real-life Mr Kurtz from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. His journey reveals a people still traumatised and suffering the legacy of the atrocities inflicted over a century ago by a colonial killer whose spirit lives on.

    imagine... Lemn Sissay: The Memory of Me

    • John O'Rourke, Tanya Hudson, Alan Yentob & Kristy Breetzke
    • BBC Studios, The Documentary Unit – BBC One

    Following the publication of his new memoir My Name Is Why, Lemn Sissay tells Alan Yentob what it was like to grow up as the only black child in a sleepy market town outside Wigan in the 1970s. His journey has been one of discovery: learning not just that his name was Lemn, but that his parents were Ethiopian, a country he returns to for this film to find out more about his roots.

    Keith Haring: Street Art Boy

    • Ben Anthony, Janet Lee, Alice Rhodes & Paul Van Dyck
    • BBC Studios, The Documentary Unit – BBC Two

    International art sensation Keith Haring blazed a trail through the legendary art scene of 1980s New York and revolutionised the worlds of pop culture and fine art. This fascinating and compelling film — told using previously unheard interviews with Haring, which form the narrative of the documentary — is the definitive story of the artist in his own words.

    The Painter and the Thief

    • Benjamin Ree & Ingvil Giske
    • Medieoperatørene, VGTV, Tremolo Productions & Norwegian Film Institute
    • Sky Arts

    Desperate for answers about the theft of her two paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls.

    Sky Documentaries Best Music Documentary

    Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell

    • Production team
    • A Netflix Original Documentary — Netflix

    Featuring rare footage and in-depth interviews, this documentary celebrates the life of The Notorious B.I.G. on his journey from hustler to rap king.

    Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry

    • R.J. Cutler, Trevor Smith, Michelle An, Chelsea Dodson & Anthony Seyler
    • Apple, Interscope Films, The Darkroom, This Machine & Lighthouse Management & Media – Apple TV+

    Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom. From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the documentary offers a deeply intimate look at this extraordinary teenager’s journey, at just 17-years-old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, while writing, recording and releasing her debut album When we all Fall Asleep, Where do We Go?

    Defending Digga D

    • Marian Mohamed, Samuel R. Santana & Emma Wakefield
    • Lambent Productions — BBC Three

    20-year-old rapper Digga D is one of the biggest drill artists in the UK. But his music is rigorously policed. Released from prison at a pivotal moment of his life, this film discovers whether he can stay out of trouble and achieve success under such close scrutiny. A year after his last hit, Digga is coming back. He has everything to fight for— and everything to lose.

    Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

    • Rebecca Mark-Lawson, Daria Nitsche, Celeste Bell, Paul Sng, Zoe Howe & Xanna Ward Dixon
    • A Sky Original Documentary in association with Tyke Films & Poly Doc Films – Sky Arts

    The death of punk icon and X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene sends her daughter on a journey across the world and through her mother’s archives to reconcile their fraught relationship.

    Best Sports Documentary

    Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me

    • Sian Guerra, Agata Krasicka, Jeremy Lee, Wendie Ottewill, James Ross & Wesley Thomas
    • New Era Television & Wonder Television – BBC One

    Former professional footballer Anton Ferdinand goes on a deeply personal journey to explore the issue of racial abuse in the game. With cases of abuse in football at an all-time high, Anton talks for the first time about his own highly publicised 2011 racial abuse case involving former England captain John Terry. Anton wants to understand his own story and explore what needs to be done to address this problem in the game today.

    Athlete A

    • Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk, Serin Marshall, Jennifer Sey, Julie Parker Benello & Don Bernier
    • A Netflix Original Documentary in association with Impact Partners, Artemis Rising Foundation, Meadow Fund, Dobkin Family Foundation, Chicago Media Project, Grant Me the Wisdom Productions & An Actual Films Production – Netflix

    This documentary focuses on the gymnasts who survived USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s abuse and the reporters who exposed USAG’s toxic culture.

    Finding Jack Charlton

    • Gabriel Clarke &Pete Thomas
    • Noah Media Group in association with BBC & Virgin Media Television – BBC Two

    Finding Jack Charlton is the compelling, emotional and definitive portrait of a football life like no other. It is the story of an extraordinary man: an English World Cup-winning legend, who became an Irish hero.

    Gods of Snooker – Episode 1

    • Production team
    • Mindhouse — BBC Two

    For a remarkable period in the 1980s, sporting superstardom was embodied by a handful of cue-wielding men, captivating the nation and a television audience of millions. Gods Of Snooker is a revealing and entertaining re-telling of a lost era; when a nation could be united by a fascination with snooker and where its leading players became unlikely superstars, with colourful lives on and off the table.

    Channel 5 Best History Documentary

    Damilola: The Boy Next Door

    • Yinka Bokinni, Nelson Adeosun, Evie Buckley, Jonathan Smith, Jaimie D’Cruz & Ashley Francis-Roy
    • Acme Films – Channel 4

    Yinka Bokinni grew up on the North Peckham Estate in south London – a place that became notorious when her friend, 10-year-old Damilola Taylor was stabbed and killed. But Yinka remembers an idyllic childhood, surrounded by loving family and friends in a tight-knit community. Now, at the age of 30, Yinka is ready to confront the devastating impact her friend’s death had on her community and the lives of almost everyone she knew.

    DeLorean: Back from the Future

    • Jon-Barrie Waddell, Jonathan Smith, Mike Connolly, Sian McIlwaine & Jake Martin
    • A Fired Up Films Production for the BBC in association with Netflix, Pennebaker Hegedus Films, Northern Ireland Screen & eOne – BBC Two

    A profile of John Z. DeLorean and his doomed attempt to build the car of the future in 1980s war torn Belfast. Using rare and unseen footage filmed by Oscar-winning directors D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, and through colourful news archive, this is the first in-depth psychological study of DeLorean who rose from the ghettos of Detroit to build his American dream in Ireland. A dream that quickly went up in smoke.

    Once Upon a Time in Iraq – Episode 2

    • James Bluemel, Jo Abel, Miriam Walsh, Will Grayburn, Will Anderson & Andrew Palmer
    • KEO Films – BBC Two

    In this series, the story of the Iraq war is told by civilians, journalists, and soldiers – ordinary people from both sides of the conflict, who lived through the 17 years of chaos that followed. Told with hope, humanity and humour, and illustrated with extraordinary archive, it takes us closer to the realities of the invasion than ever before. Through their eyes we see how events in Iraq have changed the world forever.

    Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain

    • Kate Scholefield, Caroline Sciama, Diane Bernhardt, Alistair Pegg, Cerrie Burnell & Regie Gardener
    • Blast! Films – BBC Two

    For more than a century, one group of people in Britain has been shut out of society, denied basic human rights, and treated with fear. In this shocking and moving film, writer, actor, and presenter Cerrie Burnell uncovers the hidden story of how disabled people fought back – and won their freedom. Silenced is a story of huge social change, that many of us still don’t know, told through the hidden lives of disabled people.

    The Open University Best Science Documentary

    The Last Artifact

    • Ed Watkins, Jaime Jacobsen, Stefanie Watkins, Ben King, Rick Smith & Aaron Pruitt
    • Montana PBS & Montana State University – PBS International

    It affects every aspect of our lives from the moment we are born. This object has helped send men to the moon, and satellites into space. It is an object unlike any other, a literal constant in a changing world, the weight by which all others are measured. The Last Artifact follows the race to redefine the weight of the world, revealing the untold story of one of the most important objects on the planet.

    Locked In: Breaking the Silence

    • Xavier Alford, Colette Hodges, Sacha Mirzoeff, Poppy Goodheart, Iris Maor & Jane Zurakowski
    • Marble Films – BBC Four

    Locked In: Breaking the Silence is an intimate, personal and surprisingly life-affirming story with a rare illness at its heart. Director Xavier Alford is finally confronting an illness he has been hiding from family, close friends and even himself. Locked In offers a fresh and unflinchingly honest perspective on the benefits of confronting the very things that scare us most, as Xavier finds that talking with fellow patients and his family makes them all stronger.

    Sudden Death: My Sister's Silent Killer

    • Samantha Richards, Stuart Prebble, Danielle Graham, Aodh Breathnach, James Gold & Lindsay Konieczny
    • Storyvault Films – BBC One

    After the sudden and unexplained death of his 19-year-old sister, Lauren, Patrick is left struggling to make sense of her death. He discovers that Sudden Arrhythmic Death syndrome is the third biggest killer of young people and the number one killer of young athletes. Patrick finds it’s hard to talk about what happened to his sister but has a breakthrough after meeting other bereaved siblings.

    The Surgeon's Cut – Episode 1

    • Production team
    • BBC Studios — Netflix

    They’re philosophers, storytellers and pioneers in their fields. Four surgeons reflect on their lives and professions in this inspiring docuseries. In episode one, an innovative, compassionate fetal medicine specialist, Dr. Kypros Nicolaides guides his patients through emotionally fraught pregnancy complications.

    Discovery Best Natural History or Environmental Documentary

    Climate Change: Ade on the Frontline – Episode 1

    • Olly Bootle, Mike Radford, Chris Brainwood, Rowan Ings, Seamas McCracken & Phil Kingwell
    • BBC TV Current Affairs – BBC Two

    Ade Adepitan travels to countries on the frontline of climate change to see how life is already being affected. He meets the people whose lives have been torn apart, and also sees how wildlife and the natural world are being impacted. But Ade also explores the possibility for optimism, meeting the scientists and activists using natural solutions, as well as science and technology, to mitigate the effects of humanity’s greatest challenge.

    David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

    • Jonnie Hughes, Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey & Colin Butfield
    • Silverback Films & WWF Production — Netflix

    This documentary tells the story of life on our planet by the man who has seen more of the natural world than most. In 90+ years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder.

    Extinction: The Facts

    • Serena Davies, Helen Thomas, Stephen Moore, Charlotte Lathane & Sir David Attenborough
    • BBC Studios, The Science Unit – BBC One

    In 2019, with support from the United Nations, 500 scientists completed a comprehensive assessment of the natural world revealing 1million species at risk of extinction. Biodiversity is being lost at a rate never seen before in human history. Bringing together ecologists, biologists, economists and environmental lawyers, Sir David Attenborough examines why biodiversity loss is happening, what it means for every one of us and asks what can be done to stop it.

    My Octopus Teacher

    • Pippa Ehrlich, Ellen Windemuth, Swati Thiyagarajan, Craig Foster, James Reed & Sam Barton-Humphries
    • A Netflix Original Documentary in association with Off the Fence & The Sea Change Project – Netflix

    A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.

    YouTube Originals Best Entertaining Documentary

    Bank Job

    • Daniel Edelstyn, Hilary Powell, Christopher Hird, Alice Powell & Lisa Marie Russo
    • Optimistic & Dartmouth Films – Theatrical release

    Dan Edelstyn and Hilary Powell's latest feature is an insightful and humorous investigation into the dark world of debt, exploring how a community in Walthamstow, London comes together to create their own currency, examine how money and debt is created in our economy, and to ask important questions about how the system of money creation might be altered in their favour.

    Drych: Chwaer Fach Chwaer Fawr

    • Nia Dryhurst, Gethin Scourfield, Stephen Kingston, Emyr Llewelyn Jones & Lindsay Walker
    • DOGMA – S4C

    A highly personal film from Nia Dryhurst; exploring the complex relationship she has with her sister and the heart-breaking consequences of conflict and war. The two sisters used to be close but when Llinos was about to join the army, Nia was about to become a Carmelite nun and when Llinos later joined MI6 the family was, quite literally, blown apart. Following a serious accident, it’s time to see if they can now heal the hurt.

    The Mole: Infiltrating North Korea

    • Mads Brügger, Bjarte Mørner Tveit & Peter Engel
    • Piraya Film I AS – BBC Four

    A real-life undercover thriller about two ordinary men who embark on an outrageously dangerous ten-year mission to penetrate the world’s most secretive and brutal dictatorship: North Korea.

    Undercover OAP: The Mole Agent

    • Maite Alberdi, Marcela Santibañez, Julie Goldman, Chris Clements, Carolina Siraqyan & Pablo Valdés
    • Micromundo Producciones, Motto Pictures, Sutor Kolonko, Volya Films & Malvalanda – BBC Four

    When a family becomes concerned about their mother’s well-being in a retirement home, a private investigator hires Sergio, an 83-year-old man who becomes a new resident – and a mole agent inside the home, who struggles to balance his assignment with becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.

    Netflix Best Documentary Series

    Allen v. Farrow

    • Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Amy Herdy, Jamie Rogers, Dan Cogan & Tara Lynda Guber
    • HBO Documentary Films presents in association with Impact Partners and Chicago Media Project, A Jane Doe Films Production – Sky Documentaries

    This series reveals the private story of one of Hollywood’s most notorious and public scandals: the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving Dylan, his then seven-year-old daughter with Mia Farrow; their subsequent custody trial, the revelation of Allen’s relationship with Farrow’s daughter, Soon-Yi; and the controversial aftermath in the years that followed. Once celebrated for their on-and-off-screen partnership, Farrow and Allen’s lives were irrevocably fractured and their sprawling family torn apart with the public disclosure of the abuse allegations and the vitriolic disputes that followed.

    Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles

    • James W Newton, Katharine Patrick, Samantha Anstiss, Joy Ash, Adam Robinson & Simon Mason
    • Wonderhood — Channel 4

    Filmed across a year in one of the UK’s leading Fetal Medicine Units, this series follows expectant parents navigating medically and emotionally complex and high-risk pregnancies. Using cutting-edge and pioneering new techniques, the Fetal medicine clinicians face the most complex and challenging cases that exist in the womb as they decide whether to intervene with the pregnancies. The series navigates societally complex stories of still birth, termination and pregnancy loss.

    Immigration Nation

    • Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz, Álvaro Guzmán Bastida, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg & Andrey Alistratov
    • Reel Peak Films – Netflix

    With unprecedented access to ICE operations, as well as moving portraits of immigrants, this docuseries takes a deep look at US immigration today.

    Once Upon a Time in Iraq

    • James Bluemel, Jo Abel, Miriam Walsh, Simon Sykes, Will Anderson & Andrew Palmer
    • KEO Films — BBC Two

    In this series, the story of the Iraq war is told by civilians, journalists, and soldiers - ordinary people from both sides of the conflict, who lived through the 17 years of chaos that followed. Told with hope, humanity and humour, and illustrated with extraordinary archive, it takes us closer to the realities of the invasion than ever before. Through their eyes we see how events in Iraq have changed the world forever.

    Channel 4 Best Constructed Documentary Series

    The Choir: Singing for Britain

    • Production team
    • Twenty Twenty Productions — BBC Two

    In March 2020, when the entire world ground to a halt, Choirmaster Gareth Malone set out on a mission to bring the nation together through the power of music. Reaching out to those most deeply affected by the pandemic – front-line NHS staff, key workers, those forced to shield and grieving families – he used cutting-edge technology to help them create songs to provide a unique snapshot of this unprecedented moment in history.

    The Dog House

    • Production team
    • Five Mile Films – Channel 4

    Demand for dogs in the UK has risen sharply by 650% over the last year. The team at Wood Green are working tirelessly to satisfy some of that demand but they are also — as ever — scrupulous about getting the very best matches for their rescued dogs. For some prospective owners, it’s love at first sight. For others, love can take a little longer to bloom.

    Grayson's Art Club

    • Production team
    • Swan Films — Channel 4

    Grayson and Philippa Perry threw open their studio in a bid to help the nation through adversity and make art accessible to all. Shot on fixed-rig, turned around on a weekly basis at the height of a pandemic, and featuring an original mix of celebrities, artists and ordinary people, the show chronicled and commemorated our times — and helped us get through them. Its fusion of entertainment, insight and emotion created a heart-warming show about life in Britain today.

    The School That Tried to End Racism

    • Production team
    • Proper Content — Channel 4

    A new series following a pioneering British school as it tries to help its students uncover and eradicate hidden racial biases.

    The Rumi Foundation Best Documentary Short

    Disciples

    • Jess Kohl, Bec Evans, Sherlene Ding, Adric Watson, Andrew Cross & Hadi Azmir
    • Dazed
    • Dazed Digital

    Disciples takes us on a journey into modern day youth culture in Malaysia, through the microcosm of the opposing factions within the skinhead subculture. Our protagonist, Martin, is a 14-year-old skinhead who is fiercely anti-fascist. Contrastingly, Aus and Hakeim are part of the 'Malay Power' movement. Tensions rise between the two groups in the lead up to the annual Malaysian Skinhead Dinner, forcing both sides to question their identities and belief systems.

    A Love Song for Latasha

    • Sophia Nahli Allison, Fam Udeorji & Janice Duncan
    • A Netflix Original Documentary – Netflix

    The killing of Latasha Harlins became a flashpoint for the 1992 LA uprising. This documentary evocatively explores the 15-year-old’s life and dreams.

    Mother

    • Kate Stonehill, Jas Pitt, Sorcha Bacon & Lua Guerreiro
    • Try Hard Films – London Film Festival

    Under the eye of their House mother, a young dancer from a favela finds acceptance on Brazil’s Ballroom scene. Set in a world where it is increasingly dangerous to be visibly queer, Mother is a coming-of-age story about the power of a chosen family.

    Take Your Knee Off My Neck: My First Time

    • Liana Stewart, Lucy Pilkington, Shianne Brown, Dan Jarman & Serena Kennedy
    • Milk and Honey Productions – Channel 4

    The first of five hyper-reactive short protest films by black British filmmakers in response to George Floyd's murder. Filmed during lockdown and produced and transmitted in less than two weeks. My First Time offers candid and deeply personal testimony from people recalling the first time they were racially abused.

    All3Media Best Student Documentary

    The Scarecrows

    • Dan Hodgson, Julia Alcamo, Hiromi Tanoue, Mariana Torii, Chiara Armentano & Rebeca Alvaro
    • Arts University Bournemouth

    Japan’s ageing crisis has affected almost all aspects of life, with no side effect more symbolic than that of its dying villages. Thousands of these communities are dotted amongst the countryside, their fate seemingly determined. This is the story of one village’s struggle for survival, as the remaining residents use seemingly peculiar methods to resist social isolation and keep the village alive.

    Tease

    • Jessica Brady, Danielle Goff, Lesley Posso, Henry Sims, Alastair Mcnamara & Fabiana Tesauro
    • National Film and Television School

    A filmmaker delves into the world of online sex workers by becoming one herself. Realising it's not as straightforward as she first thought, she begins to push her boundaries; but will it ever be enough?

    Tough Love

    • Billy Morley, Deen Hussein, Sorin Baluta, Linus Sandelands, Felicia Stalhammar & Filip Arnqvist Eiritz
    • University of Westminster

    Tough Love is a short documentary following Tottenham Hotspur talent scout and Under 16’s semi-professional manager ‘Cas’ Darren Johnson as he coaches young footballers. It also explores the life of a younger Darren Johnson, a troublemaker who has grown to find purpose as a role model for the young community in Tottenham, North London.

    You Girls Need to Grow Up

    • Sohee Kim
    • University College London

    The film is about two sisters during self-isolation in South Korea in March 2020. They have not spent time with each other since they left home, but now they have to spend time with just two of them in their family house in their hometown. Two sisters show the boredom, conflict, excitement and love of their lives and each other.

    Best Documentary Presenter

    ALISON HAMMOND for Alison Hammond: Back to School

    • ITV Studios, Daytime – ITV

    To launch ITV's first Black History Month, the documentary Alison Hammond: Back to School sees presenter Alison investigating and discovering the stories of hidden black figures and communities within British history – and sharing them with the viewers. In an authentic and emotive journey, triggered for Alison by George Floyd's death when she realised how little she knew about black history, she travels across Britain meeting historians, authors and archaeologists all passionate about revealing history from a black perspective.

    DR CHRIS AND DR XAND VAN TULLEKEN for Surviving the Virus: My Brother & Me

    • Little Gem — BBC One

    The film follows doctors and twin brothers Chris and Xand van Tulleken through the COVID-19 pandemic at work and at home. It has far more personal consequences than either of them could have imagined. Dr Chris is an Infectious Diseases doctor and wants to understand what the virus is doing to our bodies and why it’s so difficult to treat. Dr Xand wants to examine the impact COVID-19 is having outside our hospitals.

    ROMAN KEMP for Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency

    • Twofour — BBC Three

    Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency is a candid and personal exploration of mental health and suicide. Roman Kemp’s life changed dramatically with the sudden and unexpected death of his best friend, Joe Lyons. This documentary sees Roman taking a closer look at this urgent issue, a film about Roman’s generation and how he could help add to a dialogue that might help those struggling in silence.

    YINKA BOKINNI for Damilola: The Boy Next Door

    • Acme Films — Channel 4

    Yinka Bokinni grew up on the North Peckham Estate in south London – a place that became notorious when her friend, ten-year-old Damilola Taylor was stabbed and killed. But Yinka remembers an idyllic childhood, surrounded by loving family and friends in a tight-knit community. Now, at the age of 30, Yinka is ready to confront the devastating impact her friend’s death had on her community and the lives of almost everyone she knew.

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