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Envy Best Single Documentary - Domestic

Being Blacker

  • Director/Producer: Molly Dineen
  • Executive Producer: Peter Dale
  • Editor: Tom Dixon-Spain
  • Production Co: RTO Pictures
  • First shown: 12 March 2018; BBC Two

An intimate, 90-minute portrait of Jamaican-born reggae producer, businessman, father, son, and community pillar, Blacker Dread, who invites Dineen to film his mother’s funeral opening the door to his life at a time of personal crisis: Blacker faces his first prison sentence and reflects on the issues that have dogged his last 40 years here in the UK; inequality, poverty, crime, and racism, and why he sent his youngest child to school in Jamaica.

Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me

  • Director: Charlie Russell
  • Producer: Lizzie Kempton
  • Executive Producer: Tom Barry
  • Editor: William Grayburn
  • Production Co: Raw TV
  • First shown: 17 October 2017; BBC Two

For most of his life, broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham didn’t tell anyone about the one thing that in many ways has defined his entire existence. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, which means he struggles in social situations, has difficulty with human relationships, experiences sensory overload, and is, by his own admission, “a little bit weird”. In this film Chris invites us inside his autistic world to try to show what it’s really like being him.

Kingdom of Us

  • Director: Lucy Cohen
  • Producers: Julia Nottingham, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Bill Rudgard
  • Co-producer: Alistair Payne-James
  • Executive Producers: Mary Burke, Marisa Clifford, Celine Haddad, Fergus Haycock, Sam Sniderman, Steve Warr
  • Editors: Michael Aaglund, Stephen Haren, Maya Maffioli
  • Production Co: Pulse Films, In association with Raw Cut
  • First shown: 7 October 2017; General theatrical release

In her quietly watchful debut, Lucy Cohen impresses with a delicate, powerfully effective exploration of grief, identity and family bonds. For over three years, Lucy Cohen filmed a mother and her seven children who lost their father to suicide. Incorporating family archive and observational footage and capturing the landscape around their home, Kingdom of Us records the siblings' emotional recovery, as they piece together their broken past and contemplate their fears and aspirations for their future.

Raped: My Story

  • Director/Producer: Catey Sexton
  • Executive Producers: Ollie Tait, Emma Wakefield
  • Editor: Jonathan Braman
  • Production Co: Lambent Productions
  • First shown: 22 November 2017; Channel 5

Ten people who have all been raped, speak out for the first time about what happened to them. But only one of their stories will end with a guilty verdict. Their extraordinarily honest accounts reveal first-hand how a case is won or lost.

This film reveals the real stories behind the statistics. Through the testimony of ten survivors, the experience from the emotional and psychological impact to the interrogation of the legal process is very honestly brought to life.

Channel 4 Best Single Documentary - International

Icarus

  • Director: Bryan Fogel
  • Producers: Dan Cogen, Bryan Fogel, David Fialkow, Jim Schwartz
  • Executive Producers: Maiken Baird, Teddy Leifer, Timothy Rode, Barbara & Eric Dobkin, Craig Sims, Angus Wall, Linda Carlson
  • Editors: Jon Bertain, Kevin Klauber, Timothy Rode
  • Production Co: Impact Partners, Diamond Docs, Chicago Media Project & Alex Productions
  • First shown: 4 August 2017; Netflix

In the audacious documentary Icarus, director Bryan Fogel’s bold gambit was this: to investigate doping in sports, Fogel (an amateur bike racer) would dope himself, observe the changes in his performance, and see if he could evade detection. In doing so, he was connected to a renegade Russian scientist, Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, a pillar of his country's ‘anti-doping’ programme.

No Greater Law

  • Director: Tom Dumican
  • Producers: Tom Dumican, Jesse Lichtenstein
  • Executive Producers: Emma Cooper, Thomas Benski, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Molly Thompson, Robert Sharenow
  • Editors: Mags Arnold, Colin Monie
  • Production Co: Pulse Films
  • First shown: 30 March 2018; General theatrical release

In the rugged American west, a patriarch of a faith-healing family fights to protect the right to deny his children medical care while an investigation into child deaths closes in on him and his church.

Storyville: The Work - Four Days to Redemption

  • Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
  • Producers: Alice Henty, Eon McLeary, Miles McLeary
  • Executive Producers: James McLeary, Rob Albee, Gethin Aldus
  • Editor: Amy Foote
  • Production Co: Blanketfort Media
  • First shown: 26 October 2017; BBC Four

Set entirely inside Folsom State Prison, The Work: Four Days to Redemption follows three men during four days of intensive group-therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

Strong Island

  • Director: Yance Ford
  • Producers: Joslyn Barnes, Yance Ford
  • Editor: Janus Billeskov Jansen
  • Production Co: Yanceville Films & Louverture Films
  • First shown: 15 September 2017; Netflix

A bullet shattered their happy suburban life. Then the killer walked free. A family's long quest for truth and justice.

Director Yance Ford chronicles the arc of his family across history, geography and tragedy - from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle-class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death.

Getty Images Best Current Affairs Documentary

Dispatches: Myanmar's Killing Fields

  • Reporter/Producers: Evan Williams, Eve Lucas
  • Producer/Director: Patrick Wells
  • Senior Producer: Dan Edge
  • Executive Producers: Raney Aronson-Rath, Dorothy Byrne, Siobhan Sinnerton
  • Editor: Gary Beelders
  • Production Co: Evan Williams Productions & Mongoose Pictures
  • First shown: 14 May 2018; Channel 4

With unique access to hundreds of secretly-shot videos, the network who filmed them, searing survivor testimony and exclusive insights from top-level insiders, Myanmar’s Killing Fields is the most definitive account of the shocking violence unleashed by the military to drive 700,000 Muslim Rohingya from their homes and the role of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in actively siding with the military. All our major revelations were later supported by the UN Fact Finding Mission.

The Fight for Mosul

  • Directors: Olivier Sarbil, James Jones
  • Producer: Dan Edge
  • Executive Producer: Raney Aronson-Rath
  • Editor: Ella Newton
  • Production Co: Mongoose Pictures
  • First shown: 7 November 2017; Channel 4

With astonishing cinematography by Olivier Sarbil, the story of the fight to re-take Mosul after more than two years of ISIS rule.

Filmed over the course of the whole campaign, the film follows the experiences of four young soldiers. By the end of the campaign, more than half of the team have been killed or injured.

Panorama: Undercover - Britain's Immigration Secrets

  • Undercover Reporter: Callum Tulley
  • Director/Producer: Joe Plomin
  • Executive Producer: Karen Wightman
  • Film Editor: Gary Beelders
  • Production Co: BBC Current Affairs
  • First shown: 4 September 2017; BBC One

On the front line of the fight to control immigration, BBC Panorama goes undercover in an Immigration Removal Centre and reveals chaos, incompetence and abuse. The centre is a staging post for detainees who face deportation from the UK. The covert footage, recorded by a detainee custody officer, reveals widespread self-harm and attempted suicides in a centre where drugs, particularly the synthetic cannabis substitute spice, are rife.

Raped: My Story

  • Director/Producer: Catey Sexton
  • Executive Producers: Ollie Tait, Emma Wakefield
  • Editor: Jonathan Braman
  • Production Co: Lambent Productions
  • First shown: 22 November 2017; Channel 5

Ten people who have all been raped, speak out for the first time about what happened to them. But only one of their stories will end with a guilty verdict. Their extraordinarily honest accounts reveal first-hand how a case is won or lost.

This film reveals the real stories behind the statistics. Through the testimony of ten survivors, the experience from the emotional and psychological impact to the interrogation of the legal process is very honestly brought to life.

StormHD Best Arts or Music Documentary

Basquiat: Rage to Riches

  • Director/Producer: David Shulman
  • Executive Producer: Janet Lee
  • Production Co: BBC Studios - The Documentary Unit & PBS
  • First shown: 7 October 2017; BBC Two

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s story is told through exclusive interviews with his two sisters, Lisane and Jeanine who have never before agreed to be interviewed for a television documentary. With striking candour, Basquiat’s art dealers – including Larry Gagosian, Mary Boone and Bruno Bischofberger – as well as his most intimate friends, lovers, and fellow artists expose the cash, the drugs, and the pernicious racism which Basquiat confronted on a daily basis. As historical tableux’s, visual diaries of defiance or surfaces covered with hidden meanings – Basquiat’s art remains the beating heart of this story.

Handmade in Hull

  • Director: Glen Milner
  • Executive Producer: Richard Bright
  • Editor: Alex Elkins
  • Production Co: BBC Studios - Pacific Quay Productions
  • First shown: 16 November 2017; BBC Four

Handmade in Hull is an evocative portrait of Hull's industrial heritage and the people who helped create it. Produced in collaboration with artist Linda Brothwell as part of Hull City of Culture 2017, Glen Milner's visually stunning film pushes the arts documentary form, offering an elegant tribute to a disappearing world of craft traditions, from boat-builders and wood-carvers to the compass-maker whose precision-crafted instruments once helped steer Hull's fishing fleet.

Leonora Carrington - The Lost Surrealist

  • Director: Teresa Griffiths
  • Producer: Rachel Hooper
  • Executive Producer: Angus Macqueen
  • Animator: Kris Kelly
  • Editor: Adam Finch
  • Production Co: Erica Starling Productions & Ronachan Films
  • First shown: 10 December 2017; BBC Four

British surrealist Leonora Carrington was a key part of the surrealist movement during its heyday in Paris and yet, until recently, remained a virtual unknown in the country of her birth. This film explores her dramatic evolution from British debutante to artist in exile, living out her days in Mexico City, and takes us on a journey into her darkly strange and cinematic world.

Arena: Stanley and His Daughters

  • Director/Producer: Francis Hanly
  • Executive Producers: Philip Armstrong-Dampier, Anthony Wall
  • Editor: Isobel Goodrich
  • Production Co: 1212 Productions & BBC Arena
  • First shown: 4 February 2018; BBC Four

Stanley Spencer is one Britain’s greatest painters.

This film explores what is it like to be the children of a genius in a family whose private life has been described as ‘the most bizarre domestic soap opera in the history of British art’.

At the heart of the film are Stanley’s daughters, Unity 87 and Shirin 91. Their separation, after Stanley’s divorce from fellow-artist Hilda was traumatic and, only now in old age, have they come together.

Best Historical Documentary

The Funeral Murders

  • Director/Producer: Vanessa Engle
  • Executive Producer: Paul Hamann
  • Editor: Judith Robson
  • Production Co: Wild Pictures
  • First Shown: 19 March 2018; BBC Two

A documentary by Vanessa Engle, marking the 30th anniversary of a dramatic and deadly series of events that took place at two funerals in Belfast in March 1988.

The story is told from all perspectives - by Republicans, Loyalists and the security forces, as well as by family members of those who died, who tell their moving and shocking stories for the very first time.

A House Through Time - Episode 2

  • Director/Producer: Stuart Elliott
  • Edit Producer: Naomi Benson
  • Executive Producer: Maxine Watson
  • Series Producer: Mary Crisp
  • Production Co: Twenty Twenty
  • First shown: 11 January 2018; BBC Two

A House Through Time is a four-part history series telling the story of one house in Liverpool. Using first hand testimony and careful detective work, it follows the fortunes of the house and its residents from the early 19th century until today. In this episode, presenter David Olusoga explores the house’s history in the late 1800s, discovering a story of violence and divorce which eventually leads to a mystery man found drowned in the Mersey.

Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation - The Loss of Joy

  • Director: James Rogan
  • Producer: Jess Winteringham
  • Executive Producers: James Gay-Rees, Asif Kapadia
  • Series Producer: Victoria Musguin-Rowe
  • Editors: Brett Irwin, Simon Barker
  • Production Co: On The Corner Films in association with Rogan Productions
  • First shown: 17 April 2018; BBC One

This landmark documentary series examines one of the most notorious cases of 20th century Britain, the murder of 18-year-old black student, Stephen Lawrence by a group of white teenage boys. What ensued was one of the longest, most complex and mishandled murder investigations in the history of the Metropolitan Police; allowing the suspected killers to evade justice for nearly two decades.

Trump: An American Dream - Episode 3

  • Director/Producers: Production Team
  • Production Co: 72 Films
  • First shown: 9 November 2017; Channel 4

It’s the 90s, Trump’s affair hits the tabloids and he is on the verge of bankruptcy. But he fuels his comeback by floating part of his empire on the stock exchange. His financial fragility is publicised and opinions about the Donald begin to divide.

Sargent-Disc Best Science Documentary

Natural World: Attenborough's Wonder of Eggs

  • Director/Producers: Mike Birkhead, Beth Jones
  • Executive Producers: Roger Webb, Fred Kaufman
  • Editor: Richard Wilkinson
  • Production Co: Mike Birkhead Associates
  • First shown: 31 March 2018; BBC Two

David Attenborough has a passion for birds’ eggs. These remarkable structures nurture new life; protecting it from the outside world yet still allowing it to breathe. They’re strong enough to withstand the weight of an incubating parent and weak enough to allow a chick to break free. But how is an egg made? Why the shape? Why lay an egg at all? Piece by piece, from creation to hatching, David reveals the wonder of eggs.

Bring Me Back To Life

  • Director: Graeme McAulay
  • Producer: Jen Kerrison
  • Executive Producers: Nick Curwin, Magnus Temple, Kate Collier
  • Editor: Samuel R Santana
  • Production Co: The Garden Productions
  • First shown: 30 August 2017; Channel 4

After breaking his neck in a car accident, doctors in Intensive Care have put 22-year-old Taylor Britton into an induced coma. They say if he survives, he’ll remember nothing of his time in ICU. So this is a record Taylor’s medical journey as well as the love and support of family and friends willing him to pull through. Testimony addressed directly to Taylor, reveals a vivid, warts-and-all story of his life.

Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me

  • Director: Charlie Russell
  • Producer: Lizzie Kempton
  • Executive Producer: Tom Barry
  • Editor: William Grayburn
  • Production Co: Raw TV
  • First shown: 17 October 2017; BBC Two

For most of his life, broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham didn’t tell anyone about the one thing that in many ways has defined his entire existence. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, which means he struggles in social situations, has difficulty with human relationships, experiences sensory overload, and is, by his own admission, “a little bit weird”. In this film Chris invites us inside his autistic world to try to show what it’s really like being him.

One Strange Rock: Gasp

  • Director/Producer: Graham Booth
  • Executive Producers: Peter Lovering, Jane Root, Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel
  • Co-Executive Producer: Arif Nurmohamed
  • Series Producers: Glenn Barden, Nigel Walk
  • Editors: Doug Moxon, Brian Hovmand
  • Production Co: Nutopia Ltd
  • First shown: 27 March 2018; National Geographic

For those privileged few who have seen Earth from space, the first thing they notice is the thin blue line of atmosphere that clings to our planet and sustains life. How our planet creates and regulates oxygen is a mind-blowing story involving a flying river, a global dust storm, collapsing glaciers and the most important creature you’ve never heard of. It’s an incredible chain of connections that reveal just how truly wondrous our home is.

Best Natural History Documentary

Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants

  • Director/Producers: Martin Dohrn, Joe Loncraine
  • Executive Producers: Ivo Filatsch, Sabine Holzer
  • Editor: Andi Campbell-Waite
  • Production Co: Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with BBC and ABC Australia produced by Ammonite
  • First shown: 28 December 2017; BBC Two

David Attenborough travels to the Jura Mountains in the Swiss Alps, to find out about one of the largest animal societies in the world, where over a billion ants live in peace. After following the lives of these incredible creatures and their dramatic fight for survival for a year, he is able to unravel the secrets of the Swiss super-colony...

Blue Planet II: One Ocean

  • Director/Producers: Production Team
  • Production Co: BBC Studios - Natural History Unit
  • First shown: 29 October 2017; BBC One

From the equator to the Poles, One Ocean reveals new worlds and animal behaviours. From tool-using fish to mother walrus fighting for space on the ice for their tiring pups.

H is for Hawk: A New Chapter

  • Director/Producers: Mike Birkhead, Beth Jones
  • Executive Producers: Roger Webb, Fred Kaufman
  • Editor: Nigel Buck
  • Production Co: Mike Birkhead Associates
  • First shown: 19 October 2017; BBC Two

Following the success of Helen Macdonald’s bestselling novel of the same name, H is for Hawk: A New Chapter is an intimate and personal journey. After the loss of her father Helen trained the hardest bird in falconry, a goshawk. The cathartic experience helped her to grieve. In this beautiful and moving film, Helen trains a new bird and follows a wild goshawk family.

Sue Perkins and the Chimp Sanctuary

  • Produced and Directed by: Tom Currie
  • Producer: Francis Longhurst
  • Executive Producer: Sophie Leonard
  • Film Editor: Martin Thompson
  • Production Co: Minnow Films
  • First shown: 1 January 2018; BBC Two

Animal lover Sue Perkins travels to America to meet a group of newly retired female chimpanzees at Chimp Haven, the US national chimpanzee sanctuary. After a recent change in US law, decades of medical testing on chimpanzees has been brought to an end and cameras follow as Jill, Whitney, Paula-Jean, Tessa, Martha and Ariah settle in to the sanctuary after an 800-mile journey from a laboratory in New Mexico to rural Louisiana.

Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary

Ask the Sexpert

  • Director: Vaishali Sinha
  • Producers: Vaishali Sinha, Mridu Chandra
  • Executive Producer: Sally Jo Fifer
  • Editors: Myles Kane, Ashish Ravinran
  • Production Co: Coast to Coast Films
  • First shown: 10 June 2017; Sheffield Doc/Fest

Ask the Sexpert is a feature length documentary about Dr Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93-year-old sex advice columnist for a daily newspaper in Mumbai. Despite sex being a taboo topic in India, the column’s brand of non-moralistic advice and humour has emboldened many to write in with their questions. The columnist gains popularity even while a ban on comprehensive sex education in schools is adopted by approximately a third of India’s states.

Celebrity Hunted - Episode 1

  • Director/Producers: Production Team
  • Production Co: Shine
  • First shown: 10 October 2017; Channel 4

Channel 4’s hit factual thriller, Celebrity Hunted, sees seven famous faces turn fugitive and attempt to evade capture in a nail-biting manhunt covering the length and breadth of the UK; tracking them down, an elite team of hunters, armed with the powers of the state.

The Real Full Monty

  • Directors: Will Yapp, Kevin Mundye
  • Executive Producers: Nick Bullen, Daniela Neumann, Kevin Mundye
  • Editor: Lex Nichol
  • Production Co: Spun Gold TV
  • First shown: 15 June 2017; ITV

The Real Full Monty follows a group of male celebrities as they work to recreate the striptease scene from the famous film, in order to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. As the celebrities struggle to learn the moves and overcome their insecurities about stripping in public, conversation turns to the reason they are doing it - men’s health and how they have all, in some way, been affected by cancer.

Valley Cops - Episode 2

  • Produced and Directed by: Adam Hopkins
  • Producer: Aaron Black
  • Executive Producers: Ruth Kelly, Sophie Leonard
  • Series Film Editor: Wesley Thomas
  • Production Co: Minnow Films
  • First shown: 12 October 2017; BBC Three

Valley Cops saw extraordinary access to the cops, criminals, and communities of the South Wales Valleys. The warm, sometimes comic tone gave the series a distinct feel, and stories of both petty and serious crime are told through disarmingly honest interviews and unflinching actuality. By spending time with both cops and criminals in this geographically and socially unique corner of Britain, the series reveals the true complexities of crime in remote communities.

Netflix Best Documentary Series

24 Hours in Police Custody

  • Directors: Tom Barrow, Liz Hazell
  • Series Director: Graeme McAuley
  • Producers: Poonam Odedra, Sophie Oliver, Alice McMahon-Major, Annie Tetchner
  • Executive Producers: Simon Ford, Jessie Versluys
  • Series Producer: Amber Ronowicz
  • Editors: Charlie MacDonald, George Taylor
  • Production Co: The Garden Productions
  • First shown: 19 February 2018; Channel 4

24 Hours in Police Custody, which follows Bedfordshire Police’s work round-the-clock, has returned with an new set of films. Building on extraordinarily deep access between the documentary-makers and the police force sustained over more than four years of filming, viewers get an unprecedented glimpse behind the scenes of the most intense and challenging investigations where real life drama is more compelling than fiction.

Hospital

  • Director/Producers: Production Team
  • Production Co: Label1 Television
  • First shown: 20 June 2017; BBC Two

Hospital follows the extraordinary decisions of doctors, surgeons and bed managers at one of England’s busiest NHS Trusts as they attempt to care for 20,000 patients every week. The series exposes the interlocking consequence of those decisions set within a framework of limited resources and increasing patient numbers.

Filmed over four weeks, and edited and broadcast just weeks later in the summer of 2017. Produced in partnership with The Open University.

Love & Hate Crime

  • Director: Ben Steele
  • Producers: Victoria Musguin-Rowe, Elliott Swinburn
  • Executive Producers: Darren Kemp
  • Editor: Alex Fry
  • Production Co: Top Hat Productions
  • First shown: 8 January 2018; BBC Three

A young man is led into court and sentenced to life for the savage murder of the woman he loved. The camera follows him into prison where his story unravels as more and more information is found out about him and the great secret of his relationship is exposed. Filmed with amazing access to the killer in prison and court, the film tells the story of a hate crime and the danger of being different.

Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation

  • Director: James Rogan
  • Producer: Jess Winteringham
  • Executive Producers: James Gay-Rees, Asif Kapadia
  • Series Producer: Victoria Musguin-Rowe
  • Editors: Brett Irwin, Simon Barker
  • Production Co: On The Corner Films in association with Rogan Productions
  • First shown: 17 April 2018; BBC One

This landmark three-part documentary plunges viewers into the story of Britain’s most notorious racist murder. 25 years ago, a black teenager Stephen Lawrence was murdered at a bus stop. Failures in the police investigation meant the killers walked free. This is the definitive account - told with unprecedented access to all sides - of a loving family, and a grieving mother, who simply would not take ‘no’ for an answer, who took on the establishment.

Best Constructed Documentary Series

A House Through Time

  • Director/Producers: Paul Tilzey, Stuart Elliott
  • Edit Producer: Naomi Benson
  • Executive Producer: Maxine Watson
  • Series Producer: Mary Crisp
  • Production Co: Twenty Twenty
  • First shown: 4 January 2018; BBC Two

In this series, David Olusoga travels to Liverpool to explore the history of a single Georgian-style townhouse. Using painstaking detective work, he traces the lives of all the residents to build a comprehensive portrait of 62 Falkner Street from the moment it was built in 1840 to the present day. In the process, the series reveals an alternative history of Britain, hidden within the walls of a single house.

Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds

  • Director: Benjamin Leigh
  • Executive Producers: Trish Powell, Murray Boland, Danielle Lux
  • Series Producer: Benjamin Leigh
  • Editor: Belle Borgeaud
  • Production Co: CPL Productions
  • First shown: 1 August 2017; Channel 4

Ten four-year-olds are about to meet some unusual classmates. For six weeks they will share their classroom with 11 pensioners. In an ambitious experiment - led by three geriatric specialists - the young and older group will follow the same timetable in a nursery created within a retirement home. This is the first time in the UK that an intergenerational experiment has set out to measure the impact on the health and happiness of the older group.

Rich House Poor House

  • Directors: Danny Fildes, Marcus English, Marc Knighton, Emile Nawagamuwa,
  • Senior Producer: Annie Conlon
  • Executive Producer: Claire Collinson-Jones
  • Series Editor: Jon Durbridge
  • Production Co: Hat Trick Productions
  • First shown: 19 October 2017; Channel 5

Edinburgh TV Festival award winner and RTS Programme Awards nominee, Rich House Poor House offers a powerfully fresh take on the issue of inequality.

Daring to break down social borders and challenge attitudes, the second series of Channel 5’s highest rating commission for 2017 features eight new families from opposite ends of the wealth spectrum, ready to trade lives to find out if money really does buy happiness.

SAS: Who Dares Wins

  • Director/Producers: Production Team
  • Production Co: Minnow Films
  • First shown: 7 January 2018; Channel 4

In this new series of SAS: Who Dares Wins, 25 civilian recruits are pushed to their limits in the extreme and unforgiving terrain of the Atlas Mountains in Southern Morocco.

Chief Instructor Ant and his Directing Staff (DS) Foxy, Ollie and Billy are intensifying the course - adding twists and turns to the tasks in their quest to find men who are willing to drive their bodies and minds to the edge.

BFI Doc Society Fund Best Cinema Documentary

City of Ghosts

  • Director: Matthew Heineman
  • Production Co: Our Time Projects
  • First shown: 21 July 2017; General theatrical release

City of Ghosts follows the journey of ‘Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently’ - a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

Kingdom of Us

  • Director: Lucy Cohen
  • Producers: Julia Nottingham, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Bill Rudgard
  • Co-producer: Alistair Payne-James
  • Executive Producers: Mary Burke, Marisa Clifford, Celine Haddad, Fergus Haycock, Sam Sniderman, Steve Warr
  • Editors: Michael Aaglund, Stephen Haren, Maya Maffioli
  • Production Co: Pulse Films, In association with Raw Cut
  • First shown: 7 October 2017; General theatrical release

In her quietly watchful debut, Lucy Cohen impresses with a delicate, powerfully effective exploration of grief, identity and family bonds. For over three years, Lucy Cohen filmed a mother and her seven children who lost their father to suicide. Incorporating family archive and observational footage and capturing the landscape around their home, Kingdom of Us records the siblings' emotional recovery, as they piece together their broken past and contemplate their fears and aspirations for their future.

Last Men in Aleppo

  • Director: Feras Fayyad
  • Producer: Søren Steen Jespersen, Kareem Abeed
  • Co- Producer: Stefan Kloos
  • Editor: Steen Johannessen
  • Production Co: Larm Film, Alepoo Media Center in association with Kloos & Co Medien
  • First shown: 29 June 2017, General theatrical release

After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are getting ready for a siege. Through the volunteers from the White Helmets we experience the daily life, death and struggle in a city where war has become the norm. They all struggle with the same dilemma: Should they flee and bring their families to safety, or should they stay and fight for their city?

The Work

  • Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
  • Producers: Alice Henty, Eon McLeary, Miles McLeary
  • Executive Producers: James McLeary, Rob Albee, Gethin Aldus
  • Editor: Amy Foote
  • Production Co: Blanketfort Media
  • First shown: 8 September 2017; General theatrical release

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men from the outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways. The Work offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanising tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

Docsville Best Documentary Short

Boys from the Back of Beyond

  • Directors: Jonny Madderson, Jono Stevens
  • Producer: Matt Diegan
  • Executive Producer: Paul Shepherd
  • Editor: Jonny Madderson
  • Production Co: Just So & Red Bull Media House
  • First shown: 9 May 2018; Red Bull TV

They say it takes a village to raise a child.... But it takes an extraordinary village to raise a pair of Olympians. In 2016 brothers Gary and Paul O'Donovan became the world's unlikeliest Olympic heroes when they won Ireland's first ever rowing medal. Hailing from tiny Skibeereen, west Cork, this is the uplifting and comedic underdog story of how a rural community took on the elite sport of rowing.

Circle

  • Director/Producer: Jayisha Patel
  • Editor: Mdhamiri Nkemi
  • Production Co: Jayisha Patel Films & National Film and Television School
  • First shown: 1 March 2018; University/College screening

Circle is a haunting portrait of a rape survivor, caught in the devious ploys of her grandmother, who orchestrated her rape.

Through the personal story of 13-year-old Khushbu, Circle explores where this circle of abuse can begin. And whether, there can be any release.

With astonishing access, and crafted with the artistry of a narrative film, Circle is a moving and poetic contemplation of the human spirit , at the darkest hour.

Duterte's Hell

  • Directors: Aaron Goodman, Luis Liwanag
  • Executive Producers: Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack, Charlotte Cook
  • Editor: Heidi Hanes
  • Production Co: Field of Vision
  • First shown: 31 July 2017; Field of Vision

Since taking office in June 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has been waging a deadly anti-drug campaign in the Phillippines.

Landline

  • Director: Matt Houghton
  • Producers: Alistair Payne-James, Rupert Williams
  • Executive Producer: James Sorton
  • Editor: Matt Houghton, Maya Maffioli
  • Production Co: Pulse Films & Fee Fie Foe
  • First shown: 24 March 2018; BFI Flair

Landline is a short documentary about the only helpline in the UK for gay farmers. Through a series of recorded telephone conversations and reconstructive visuals, the film uses the helpline as a lens through which to view the experiences of LGBTQ people in the British farming community. Candid, intimate and shocking, Landline is a snapshot of a group of people bound together by circumstance but so often disconnected from each other.

All3Media Best Student Documentary

As a Man

  • Director: Preston Hartley
  • Production Co: University for the Creative Arts
  • First Shown: 31 May 2018; University/College screening

A journey into the lives of homeless young men living in supported accommodation, who are being given the chance to be reintroduced into society. Through conversations with the director, we witness a shared and undiscussed crisis of men’s mental health existing within the UK.

Circle

  • Director/Producer: Jayisha Patel
  • Editor: Mdhamiri Nkemi
  • Production Co: National Film and Television School
  • First shown: 1 March 2018; University/College screening

Through the poignant and personal story of 13 year-old Khushboo, Circle explores the horrors of her gang-rape, emotional abuse at the hands of her grandmother, who orchestrated her rape, and that of her child marriage to a man she does not know.

Told simplistically through an observational lens, this intimate and delicate short attempts an understanding of the nature of abuse.

Fake News Fairytale

  • Director: Kate Stonehill
  • Production Co: National Film and Television School
  • First shown: 1 March 2018; University/College screening

Fake News Fairytale takes us to the unlikely epicentre of fake news: Veles, Macedonia.

In Veles, since the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, teenagers have been creating fake news stories that generate thousands of hits on social media. These young entrepreneurs have made money off of advertising revenue generated from their fake stories going viral, introducing a ‘digital gold rush’ to Veles.

On Common Ground

  • Director: Tom Besley
  • Production Co: National Film and Television School
  • First shown: 1 March 2018; University/College screening

On Common Ground is a story of the deadliest stretch of the US-Mexico borderlands, told through the eyes of a Native American family, an American biologist and a Mexican migrant.

Warner Bros. Television Production Best Documentary Presenter

CHRIS PACKHAM for Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me

  • Production Co: Raw TV
  • First shown: 17 October 2017; BBC Two

For most of his life, broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham didn’t tell anyone about the one thing that in many ways has defined his entire existence. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, which means he struggles in social situations, has difficulty with human relationships, experiences sensory overload, and is, by his own admission, “a little bit weird”. In this film Chris invites us inside his autistic world to try to show what it’s really like being him.

GARY YOUNGE for Angry, White and American

  • Production Co: Sugar Films
  • First shown: 9 November 2017; Channel 4

For decades, understanding race in America saw commentators focusing on the black experience. Gary Younge’s refreshingly original take flips the script and he talks exclusively to white people. Younge investigates how falling living standards, decreasing life expectancy and a demographic time-bomb that could see them become a minority within a generation, has sent some white Americans into angry retreat. His encounter with Alt-Right leader, Richard Spencer, was one of 2017's viral events.

PATRICK KIELTY for My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me

  • Production Co: Dragonfly Film and Television
  • First shown: 4 April 2018; BBC One

When Patrick Kielty was sixteen, his father was killed by paramilitary gunmen. Now he returns home to explore the legacy of Northern Ireland’s peace deal, twenty years on. He confronts perpetrators of violence on both sides of the divide, and meets others whose lives were shattered by conflict. With Brexit and the collapse of power-sharing putting the Good Friday Agreement back into the spotlight, Patrick asks how far Northern Ireland has come on the road to reconciliation.

PROFESSOR GREEN for Working Class White Men

  • Production Co: Swan Films
  • First shown: 9 January 2018; Channel 4

In Britain today many working class white men feel demonised, forgotten and angry. Over a period of six months Professor Green follows six working class white men in different parts of the country to understand the challenges and barriers these men face in education, work, family life and in the way the rest of society regards them.

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