Nominations 2019



Envy Best Single Documentary - Domestic


  • Director: Ben Anthony
  • Producer: Gaby Aung
  • Executive Producer: Morgan Matthews
  • Editor: Ben Brown
  • Production Co: Minnow Films
  • First shown: 11 June 2018; BBC One

Following events across the year after the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy - the most devastating tower block fire in British history – Grenfell draws from hundreds of hours of interview, archive, social media content and observational footage to form a compelling, moving and lasting record of the events before, during and after the fire. The documentary captures the trauma, tragedy and grief alongside extraordinary moments of courage, unity and resilience.

Gun No. 6

  • Director: James Newton
  • Producers: Georgina Cammalleri, Liz Collier
  • Executive Producer: Zac Beattie
  • Editor: Rupert Houseman
  • Production Co: The Garden Productions
  • First shown: 2 December 2018; BBC Two

The story of Britain’s deadliest illegal gun and a unique exploration of the consequences and causes of violence on Britain’s streets. Using a hybrid of documentary and drama, the film revisits the 11 shootings and three murders involving Gun No. 6. Honouring the lives lost, and those left behind, it also asks us to listen to the perpetrators too. A group of ex-offenders help tell its story, reconstructing every shooting, partly to revisit their own past.

Married to a Paedophile

  • Director: Colette Camden
  • Producer: Liz Olgiati
  • Executive Producer: Malcolm Brinkworth
  • Editor: Ben Brown
  • Production Co: Brinkworth Films
  • First shown: 3 September 2018; Channel 4

Paedophilia is Britain’s most hated crime with over 400 people arrested for downloading and viewing indecent images of children every month. For the wives, partners and children who knew nothing until the arrest, the revelation can unhinge everything they thought was normal and safe. This unique 90-minute programme blends documentary and drama in an innovative way to reveal the untold story of two families as they deal with the aftermath and make difficult decisions about their future.

Stabbed: Britain's Knife Crime Crisis

  • Director: Toby Trackman
  • Producers: Jane Ayoade, Katie Hindley, Jessica Winteringham
  • Executive Producers: James Rogan, Jonathan Taylor
  • Editors:Leigh Brzeski, Joby Gee
  • Production Co: Rogan Productions in association with On the Corner
  • First shown: 21 March 2019; BBC One

Twenty-five years after witnessing his friend Stephen Lawrence’s brutal murder, Duwayne Brooks is taking viewers on a personal journey into the current wave of knife crime and the impact it is having across the nation.

The Kit Room Best Single Documentary - International

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

  • Director: Chris Smith
  • Producers: Chris Smith, Danny Gabai, Mick Purzycki
  • Executive Producers: Gabrielle Bluestone, Brett Kincaid, James Ohliger, Max Pollack, Matthew Rowean, Elliot Tebele
  • Editors: Jon Karmen, Daniel Koehler
  • Production Co: Jerry Media, Library Films, Matte Projects & Vice Studios
  • First shown: 18 January 2019; Netflix

The Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury music experience on a posh private island, but it failed spectacularly in the hands of a cocky entrepreneur.

Knock Down the House

  • Director: Rachel Lears
  • Producers: Robin Blotnick, Rachel Lears, Sarah Olson
  • Executive Producers: Kristin Lazure, Regina K. Scully, Stephanie Soechtig
  • Editor: Robin Blotnick
  • Production Co: Knock Down the House LLC
  • First shown: 1 May 2019; Netflix

Go behind the scenes as four determined women - including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - challenge big-money politicians in the 2018 race for Congress.

Storyville - The Trial of Ratko Mladic

  • Director/Producers: Henry Singer, Rob Miller
  • Co-Producer: Ida Bruusgaard
  • Executive Producers: Mandy Chang, Jutta Krug, Barbara Troyen
  • Editor: Anna Price
  • Production Co: Sandpaper Films
  • First shown: 1 April 2019; BBC Four

The dramatic five-year trial of the man held responsible for the siege of Sarajevo and the murder of over 7,000 men and boys in Srebrenica - an epic story of justice, accountability and a country trying to escape from its bloody past.

Storyville - Under the Wire

  • Director: Chris Martin
  • Producer: Tom Brisley
  • Executive Producers: Molly Thompson, Mary Burke, Mandy Chang, Emma Loach
  • Editor: Dudley Sargeant
  • Production Co: Arrow Media
  • First shown: 9 June 2018; General theatrical release

On 13 February 2012, two journalists entered war-ravaged Syria. One of them was celebrated Sunday Times war correspondent, Marie Colvin. The other was a photographer, Paul Conroy. Their aim was to cover the plight of Syrian civilians trapped in Homs, a city under siege and relentless military attack from the Syrian army. Only one of them returned. This is their story.

Getty Images Best Current Affairs Documentary

Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess

  • Director: Jane McMullen
  • Executive Producers: Sarah Waldron, Sam Bagnall
  • Production Co: BBC TV Current Affairs
  • First shown: 6 December 2018; BBC Two

On 24 February 2018, the 32-year-old daughter of the ruler of Dubai, boarded a boat and set sail for India with a plan to start a new life in America. But within days her boat was stormed by Indian commandos and she was captured and returned to Dubai. Before she left she had made a video in case she was caught and entrusted it to a lawyer in America. Days later it was released on YouTube. Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess pieces together Princess Latifa’s life and reveals how she had been planning the escape for more than seven years.

The Hunt for Jihadi John

  • Director: Anthony Wonke
  • Producer: Richard Kerbaj
  • Executive Producers: Jane Root, Lynne Kirby, Mike Lerner, Peter Lovering
  • Editor: Paul Monaghan
  • Production Co: Nutopia in association with Livedrop Media
  • First shown: 20 May 2019; Channel 4

The Hunt for Jihadi John tells the inside story of Mohammed Emwazi’s journey from an ordinary London boy to notorious terrorist 'Jihadi John'. The film explores the shattered lives of his hostages, and the emotional turmoil of the families whose relatives were murdered by the British terrorist. It also gives the definitive account of the hunt for Jihadi John by US and British intelligence, who have never spoken publicly about the operation before.

Iraq: A State of Mind

  • Director/Producer: Namak Khoshnaw
  • Producers: Namak Khoshnaw, Kai Lawrence, Tom Roberts
  • Editor: Kai Lawrence
  • Production Co: BBC Arabic
  • First shown: 11 March 2019; BBC Arabic

In the past four decades, Iraq has endured three major wars, a violent coup, two invasions, a decade of bombing, two insurgencies, attack by the so-called Islamic State group, and a sectarian civil war. As Iraq picks up the pieces, this film reveals the mental health crisis currently gripping a country that has just one psychiatric hospital for a population of 38 million.

One Day in Gaza

  • Director: Olly Lambert
  • Producers: Olly Lambert, Yousef D. Hammash, Isabel Hunter, Oren Rosenfeld
  • Executive Producer: Mike Radford
  • Editor: Ella Newton
  • Production Co: BBC TV Current Affairs
  • First shown: 13 May 2019; BBC Two

The 14th May 2018 started as a day of mass protest at Gaza’s border with Israel, and would end as one of the most deadly days in Gaza for a generation. Drawing on more than 120 hours of archive footage filmed on both sides of the border, this film reveals the complex reality and human toll of the day, and asks who is to blame for the bloodshed.

Storm Best Arts or Music Documentary

Angela Carter: Of Wolves and Women

  • Director/Producer: Jude Ho
  • Executive Producer: Richard Bright
  • Editor: Alex Broad
  • Production Co: BBC Studios
  • First shown: 4 August 2018; BBC Two

Angela Carter’s surreal imagination produced some of the most dazzling fiction of the 20th century, influencing a generation of writers. Today, her powerful tales of desire, fearless women and sexual predators have never felt more relevant. Jude Ho’s visually innovative film includes contributions from Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Jeanette Winterson. Along with stylised animated sequences, Hattie Morahan plays the young Angela and Maureen Lipman, Kelly MacDonald and Laura Fraser read exerts.

The Football Club: Artist in Residence

  • Director: Marcus Plowright
  • Executive Producer: Danielle Graham
  • Editor: Iain Pettifer
  • Production Co: Storyvault Films
  • First shown: 29 July 2018; Channel 4

The Football Club takes portrait artist Tai Schierenberg on a behind-the-scenes journey through the trials and tribulations of a turbulent season at West Bromwich Albion Football Club, during which they fire three managers, a chief executive and a chairman and are, eventually, relegated.


  • Directors: Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones
  • Producer: Paula DuPré Pesmen
  • Executive Producers: Adam Fell, Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh
  • Editors: Andrew McAllister, Will Znidaric
  • Production Co: Le Train Train, Bob's Your Uncle, Tribeca Production
  • First shown: 21 September 2018; Netflix

This documentary profiles music and culture icon Quincy Jones, offering unprecedented access to his private life and stories from his unparalleled career.

Super Kids: Breaking Away from Care

  • Director: Guy King
  • Producer: Emily Turner
  • Executive Producers: Amy Flanagan, Colin Barr
  • Editor: Simon McMahon
  • Production Co: Expectation Entertainment
  • First shown: 28 November 2018; Channel 4

Writer and performer Lemn Sissay is a force of nature. He spent his first 18 years bouncing between foster families, children’s homes and assessment centres. Since then he has come to terms with his trauma by telling his story around the world. Now he travels to Coventry to meet seven young people currently in the care of the council, who between them have had 40 different placements and 70 social workers. His mission is to help them express their experiences through words, and perform them to an audience that can make a difference to their lives. It’s 30 years since Lemn left the care system and he believes that not enough has changed for these young people. So together, by putting on an epic performance for a packed theatre of decision-makers, they seek to change the way we see kids in care, and how they see themselves. Superkids: Breaking Away from Care is a provocative and uplifting film, which challenges our prejudices in a profound and surprising way.

Channel 5 Best Historical Documentary

A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad

  • Director: The Production Team
  • Production Co: 72 Films
  • First shown: 9 October 2018; BBC Two

Bashar al-Assad met his wife Asma while training to be a doctor in London. Today they run a regime accused of horrific war crimes. Told through rarely seen footage and testimony of those who knew them, worked with them and studied them, the series explores how the couple, who at first were seen as a modernising force, ended up running a regime accused of war crimes.

The Last Survivors

  • Director: Arthur Cary
  • Producer: Katherine Anstey
  • Executive Producer: Morgan Matthews
  • Editor: Joby Gee
  • Production Co: Minnow Films
  • First shown: 27 January 2019; BBC Two

This landmark documentary gathers the powerful testimony of the last Holocaust survivors living in Britain before it is lost forever. Based mainly in the present the film examines what memories from the survivors’ past inform and permeate their day to day lives as they come to terms with the time they have left. Made with no music and very limited archive the film is a fresh and innovative look at the Holocaust.

Thatcher: A Very British Revolution

  • Director: The Production Team
  • Production Co: BBC Studios: The Documentary Unit
  • First shown: 20 May 2019; BBC Two

The irresistible rise and dramatic downfall of Margaret Thatcher. Her inner circle reveal how a political outsider won power and dominated British life through a turbulent decade.

The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story

  • Director: Liza Williams
  • Producer: Jasmine McNabb
  • Executive Producers: Nancy Bornat, Leanne Klein
  • Editor: Matt Huxford
  • Production Co: Wall to Wall Media
  • First shown: 26 March 2019; BBC Four

In this three-part box-set history series for BBC Four, the case of the Yorkshire Ripper is re-examined by filmmaker, Liza Williams. Rich in archive and featuring compelling testimony from survivors and victims’ relatives, as well as police, journalists and lawyers - some of whom speak for the very first time - the series asks how 1970s attitudes to women derailed a police investigation and left a killer free to kill again and again.

Sargent Disc Best Science Documentary

The Bleeding Edge

  • Directors: Kirby Dick
  • Producers: Amy Ziering, Amy Herdy
  • Executive Producers: Ian Darling, MS Johnson, Debra L. McLeod
  • Editors: Derek Boonstra, Andrew McAllister
  • Production Co: Shark Island Institute
  • First shown: 27 July 2018; Netflix

This eye-opening look at the fast-growing medical device industry reveals how the rush to innovate can lead to devastating consequences for patients.

The Parkinson's Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure?

  • Director/Producer: Jemima Harrison
  • Executive Producer: Fiona Caldwell
  • Editors:Anthea Harvey, Zoe Davis
  • Production Co: Passionate Productions
  • First shown: 28 February 2019; BBC Two

Filmed over six years, this series follows a group of volunteers with Parkinson’s as they take part in a ground-breaking medical trial testing a controversial drug called GDNF. 42 patients undergo complex brain surgery and months of infusions via a port embedded into their skull. Can the trial give hope the estimated 10 million affected by Parkinson’s globally?

The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History

  • Director: Craig Collinson
  • Producer: Yvonne Gray
  • Executive Producer: Harry Bell
  • Editor: Christopher Pitbladdo
  • Production Co: Tern Television Productions
  • First shown: 23 August 2018; BBC Four

In a unique science ‘experiment’, Dr George McGavin and Dr Zoe Laughlin tell the extraordinary history of rubbish and explore how what we throw away tells us about the way we live our lives. With unprecedented access to one of the UK’s largest landfill sites, the team of experts spend 3 days carrying out tests all over the site revealing the secret world of rubbish. They also carry out three other ‘archaeological’ digs into historic landfills to chart the evolution of our throwaway society. Ultimately, their quest is to discover if the stuff we throw away today has any value for tomorrow’s world?

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life

  • Director: Stuart Bernard
  • Series Producer: Katharine Patrick
  • Executive Producers: Richard Bond, Ruth Shurman
  • Editor: Christopher Bird
  • Production Co: Dragonfly Film and Television
  • First shown: 9 April 2019; BBC Two

Inside the operating theatres of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, surgical teams perform procedures in which even the smallest mistake can mean the difference between success and catastrophic failure. Neurosurgeon Ismail Ughratdar attempts to remove as much of a 20-year-old patient’s brain tumour as possible, while he is awake and talking. Cardiac Surgeon Jorge Mascaro takes on a complex aorta replacement, which is considered one of the most extreme procedures the human body can withstand.

Discovery Best Natural History Documentary

Drowning in Plastic

  • Director: Tom Watt-Smith
  • Producer: Lizzie Bolton
  • Executive Producer: Dominique Walker
  • Editors: Matt Lowe, John McAvoy, Ollie Rainbird
  • Production Co: Raw TV
  • First shown: 1 October 2018; BBC One

Plastic in our oceans is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Trillions of pieces of plastic are choking the very lifeblood of our Earth and every marine animal, from the smallest plankton to the largest mammals, are affected. But can we turn this growing plastic tide before it is too late? This film is at the centre of an urgent and vital debate of how to solve the crisis.

Dynasties: Chimpanzee

  • Director: Rosie Thomas
  • Executive Producer: Mike Gunton
  • Series Producer: Rupert Barrington
  • Production Co: Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
  • First shown: 11 November 2018; BBC One

In Senegal, West Africa, live a group of chimpanzees, led by an alpha male named David. He is surrounded by rivals who want his crown and are prepared to kill him for it. In a story of power politics, deception and brutal battles, can David overcome the threats to his leadership and hold on to the alpha position long enough to sire a possible future heir to his throne?

Pangolins: The World's Most Wanted Animal - Natural World

  • Director/Producer: Victoria Bromley
  • Executive Producer: Roger Webb
  • Series Producer: Rowan Crawford
  • Editor: Sam Rogers
  • Production Co: BBC Studios - a co-production of BBC and Thirteen Productions LLC in association with WNET
  • First shown: 1 June 2018, BBC Two

The pangolin is the planet's only scaly mammal and sadly the world's most illegally trafficked wild mammal. Poached for their scales in astounding numbers they face a silent extinction, before most people have even heard of them. Conservationist Maria Diekmann puts her own safety at risk to rescue these animals from the black market. Her unique, intimate bond with one special rescued pangolin is helping to unravel their secrets.

Our Planet: Episode 2 - Frozen Worlds

  • Director/Producer: Sophie Lanfear
  • Series Producers: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Sholey
  • Editor: Nigel Buck
  • Production Co: Silverback Films
  • First shown: 5 April 2019; Netflix

Our Planet celebrates the planet's remaining natural wonders and explains what we must preserve to ensure nature and mankind survive. The second episode, Frozen Worlds, features the wildlife of the Arctic and the Antarctic where global warming is most powerfully felt.

Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary

Bros: After the Screaming Stops

  • Director: David Soutar, Joe Pearlman
  • Producer: Leo Pearlman
  • Editor: Will Gilbey
  • Production Co: Fullwell 73
  • First shown: 23 December 2018; BBC Four

This film charts Matt and Luke Goss's reunion 28 years on from when they were one of the biggest bands in the world, brilliantly capturing their relationship in an open and accessible way. It was this access and the ‘truth’ of the film which was so powerful for the audience, and made the film totally compelling. The film achieved record figures on BBC Four, and reached an audience of over 1 million on BBC iplayer.

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

  • Director: Chris Smith
  • Producers: Chris Smith, Mick Purzycki, Danny Gabai
  • Executive Producers: Gabrielle Bluestone, Brett Kincaid, James Ohliger, Max Pollack, Matthew Rowean, Elliot Tebele
  • Editors: Jon Karmen, Daniel Koehler
  • Production Co: Jerry Media, Library Films, Matte Projects & Vice Studios
  • First shown: 18 January 2019; Netflix

The Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury music experience on a posh private island, but it failed spectacularly in the hands of a cocky entrepreneur.

The Legend of Cocaine Island

  • Director: Theo Love
  • Producers: Theo Love, Bryan Storkel
  • Executive Producers: Jeff Goldstein, Brian Knappenberger, Nate Larson, Tom Love
  • Editor: Theo Love
  • Production Co: Sidestilt Production in association with Dreamco Pictures
  • First shown: 29 March 2019; Netflix

An urban legend about a duffel bag of cocaine buried in the Caribbean leads a misfit band to hatch a nutball plan to find it in this comic documentary.

Three Identical Strangers

  • Director: Tim Wardle
  • Producers: Becky Read, Grace Hughes-Hallett
  • Executive Producers: Dimitri Doganis, Courtney Sexton, Amy Entalis, Sara Ramsden, Adam Hawkins, Tom Barry
  • Editor: Michael Harte
  • Production Co: Raw for Channel 4
  • First shown: 28 February 2019; General theatrical release

New York, 1980: three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds’ joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives - and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

Netflix Best Documentary Series

Leaving Neverland

  • Director: The Production Team
  • Production Co: Amos Pictures
  • First shown: 6 March 2019; Channel 4

When allegations of abuse by Jackson involving young boys surfaced in 1993, many found it hard to believe that he could be guilty of such unspeakable acts. Leaving Neverland explores the experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age ten, and Wade Robson, at age seven, who were both befriended by Jackson as his career reached its peak.


  • Director: The Production Team
  • Production Co: Spring Films
  • First shown: 19 July 2018; Channel 4

Shot over seven months at HMP Durham, Prison offers unprecedented access to life behind bars. Produced and directed by Paddy Wivell, Prison tells the human story on both sides of the door: staff and prisoners and the issues facing them. It captures the escalating drug problem, the violence that frontline staff and prisoners endure and the multiple challenges of dealing with mentally ill inmates. Prison reveals events, emotions and precincts never seen before in an English prison.

Storyville - Reporting Trump's First Year: The Fourth Estate

  • Directors: Liz Garbus, Jenny Carchman
  • Producers: Liz Garbus, Jenny Carchman, Justin Wilkes
  • Executive Producers: Dan Cogan, Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick
  • Editor: Ryan Dilts
  • Production Co: Radical Media & Moxie Firecracker
  • First shown: 24 June 2018; BBC Two

This series about The New York Times in the Trump era illuminates critical issues facing journalism today. A chief task for The New York Times, long considered the ‘newspaper of record’, is to find the best way to accurately and honestly cover an unconventional president, even as he tries to undermine them. Through extraordinary access, Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus chronicles the tenacious men and women in the trenches who are fighting for America's right to know.

Why Slavery?

  • Directors: Søren Klovborg, Pankaj Rajinder Johar, Roger Ross Williams, Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, David Evans, Carl Gierstofer, Sebastian Weis
  • Executive Producers: Mette Hoffmann Meyer, Nick Fraser
  • Production Co: The Why Foundation in Co-Production with: BBC, CBC, DR, EO, NHK, NRK, SVT, SRF, RTS & The Open University
  • First shown: 8 October 2018; BBC Four

A series of ground-breaking documentary films uncover the lives of men, women and children living as modern slaves in all corners of the world. Whether it is the deeply flawed Kafala System in the Middle East or the prolific number of children bought and sold in India, Why Slavery? shines a light on the millions of lives lived in the shadow of enslavement.

Channel 4 Best Constructed Documentary Series

60 Days on the Streets

  • Director: The Production Team
  • Production Co: Boundless & Motion Content Group
  • First shown: 14 March 2019; Channel 4

In the last five years, homelessness in Britain has doubled. Now, self-shooting former soldier Ed Stafford will spend 60 winter days and nights on the streets to get a first-hand view of Britain-growing crisis. Over three episodes, the series reveals the human face of homelessness across Manchester, London and Glasgow, telling the stories of rough sleepers, how they ended up on the streets and how they survive.

First Dates Hotel

  • Director: The Production Team
  • Production Co: Twenty Twenty Television
  • First shown: 28 August 2018; Channel 4

As the First Dates Hotel moves to sun-soaked Italy for its second series, an eclectic mix of British singles from all walks of life search for love on this ambitious 100 camera rig. A critically acclaimed antidote to heavily formatted dating series, First Dates Hotel provides a rich seam of character, humour and genuine romance at every turn – always with a documentarian’s eye on layered, authentic, heart-felt stories.

The Great British School Swap

  • Director: The Production Team
  • Production Co: Top Hat Productions
  • First shown: 16 April 2019; Channel 4

A white school and an Asian school swap pupils in a radical experiment to see what happens when children from segregated areas mix for the first time. With many areas of Britain effectively segregated, will these children begin to solve a problem the adult world has failed to fix?

Love Island

  • Director: The Production Team
  • Production Co: ITV Studios, Entertainment/Motion Content Group
  • First shown: 4 June 2018; ITV2

There was only one destination in the summer of 2018, when a sizzling summer awaited a fresh batch of gorgeous young things looking for romance. Yes, it could only be the return of the nation’s hottest conversation topic, Love Island. Caroline Flack once again presided over two months of matchmaking as the luxury Love Island villa welcomed a new generation of islanders ready to embark on a summer of dating, romance, and ultimately, relationships.

BFI Doc Society Fund Best Cinema Documentary

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

  • Director: Steve Loveridge
  • First shown: 21 September 2018; General theatrical release

She began as Matangi. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka-armed Tamil resistance, she hid from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled from every corner of her journey along the way; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering, ultra-confident voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth.

Minding the Gap

  • Director: Bing Liu
  • First shown: 22 March 2019; General theatrical release

Bing Liu's Academy Award®-nominated documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga drawing on over 12 years of footage in his Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why so many of his peers in the skateboarding community ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. As the story unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack's tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend and Keire's inner struggles with racial identity and his deceased father. As we watch the boys grow up before our eyes, we experience the joy, sacrifice, and hope in the gap between childhood and adulthood.

They Shall Not Grow Old

  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Producers: Clare Olssen, Sarah Goodfellow
  • Executive Producers: Jenny Waldman, Diane Lees, Tessa Ross, Ken Kamins
  • Editor: Jabez Olssen
  • Production Co: WingNut Films for BBC Two
  • First shown: 16 October 2018; General theatrical release

Peter Jackson, known for directing The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has created a new film using original footage from Imperial War Museums’ extensive archive, much of it previously unseen, alongside BBC and IWM interviews with servicemen who fought in the conflict. Through ground-breaking computer restoration technology, Jackson creates a moving real-life depiction of WWI. Footage has been colourised, converted to 3D and transformed with modern production techniques to present never before seen detail.

Three Identical Strangers

  • Director: Tim Wardle
  • Producers: Becky Read, Grace Hughes-Hallett
  • Executive Producers: Dimitri Doganis, Courtney Sexton, Amy Entalis, Sara Ramsden, Adam Hawkins, Tom Barry
  • Editor: Michael Harte
  • Production Co: Raw for Channel 4
  • First shown: 28 February 2019; General theatrical release

New York, 1980: three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds’ joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives - and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

The Rumi Foundation Best Documentary Short

Black Sheep

  • Director: Ed Perkins
  • Producers: Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, Vavnessa Tovell
  • Executive Producers: Charlie Phillips, Lindsay Poulton for the Guardian
  • Editor: Ed Perkins
  • Production Co: Lightbox
  • First shown: 9 June 2018; The Guardian

Everything changed for Cornelius Walker on 27 November 2000 - the day Damilola Taylor died. Cornelius’ mother, scared for her son’s safety, moved their family out of London. Cornelius suddenly found himself living on a white estate run by racists. Rather than fight them, Cornelius decided to become more like the people who hated him. They became his family and kept him safe. In return, Cornelius became submerged in a culture of violence and hatred.

Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane

  • Director: Kim A. Snyder
  • Producers: Maria Cuomo Cole, Kim A. Snyder
  • Executive Producers: Kim Brizzolara, CarolAnne Dolan, Regina K. Scully, Nick Stuart, Jamie Wolf, Mara Sandler, Geralyn Dreyfous, Jim and Susan Swartz
  • Editor: Penelope Falk
  • Production Co: K.A. Snyder Productions and Cuomo Cole Productions in association with Artemis Rising and Transform Films
  • Frist shown: 28 September 2018; Netflix

Two priests - one from Dunblane, Scotland, the other from Newtown, Connecticut - bond over school tragedies that occurred 16 years apart.

Period. End of Sentence.

  • Director: Rayka Zehtabchi
  • Producers: Rayka Zehtabchi, Melissa Berton, Lisa Taback, Garrett K. Schiff
  • Executive Producers: Avery Siegel, Carly Gatto, Charlotte Silverman, Claire Sliney, Helen Yenser, Ruby Schiff, Sophie Ascheim, Guneet Monga, Mandakini Kakar, Stacey Sher, Doug Blush, Anissa Siegel, Bob Gatto
  • Editor: Sam Davis
  • Production Co: The Pad Project in partnership with Action India, Girls Learn International, The Feminist Majority Foundation, Oakwood School & Sikhya Entertainment
  • First shown: 12 February 2019; Netflix

In rural India, where the stigma of menstruation persists, women make low-cost sanitary pads on a new machine and stride toward financial independence.


  • Director: Floyd Russ
  • Producers: Carter Collins, Floyd Russ
  • Executive Producer: Greg Beauchamp
  • Editor: Robert Ryang
  • Production Co: Bindery Films
  • First shown: 10 August 2018; Netflix

Born without legs and stuck in foster care for years, teen Zion Clark finds his calling when he pursues competitive wrestling.

All3Media Best Student Documentary

Broken Skin

  • Director/Producer: Lidija Burčak
  • Production Co: Goldsmiths University of London
  • First shown: 15 September 2018; University/College screening

An emotionally charged poetic encounter between the filmmaker and other psoriasis sufferers on behalf of yet another 125 million people around the world who are silently enduring the secret pain of a very visible yet hidden disease. The film explores skin as a metaphor of belief and belonging - a determined attempt of a healing journey.

City of Children

  • Director: Arantxa Hernández Barthe
  • Producers: Arantxa Hernández Barthe, Megan Randle
  • Production Co: National Film and Television School
  • First shown: 26 February 2019; University/College screening

What is it like to grow up in a place that has been forgotten by society? This film is a portrait of the youth of an estate in the north of England. Tyler, a 16-year-old boy who has never attended school, guides us through this place where we will meet a series of diverse young characters, each making their own way in the estate.


  • Director: Karl Forchhammer
  • Producer: Ludovico Zanette
  • Production Co: National Film and Television School
  • First shown: 26 February 2019; University/College screening

Ravens is an intimate journey in the life of a modern feminist who has never stopped being a hopeless romantic. It is a reflection on the nature of love, sex, relationships, and gender roles for a generation in Poland, that having freed itself from the chains of tradition, is still struggling to find a new way to organise their lives.

Siân: Portrait of a Photographer

  • Director/Producer: Dylan Friese-Greene
  • Editor: Dylan Friese-Greene
  • Production Co: Kingston University
  • First shown: 11 April 2019; London Film Festival

A window into the life and career of award-winning British photographer, Siân Davey, as she discusses the influence of self, community and family on her work to date.

Warner Bros. TV Production UK Best Documentary Presenter

AKRAM KHAN for The Curry House Kid

  • Director: Nick Poyntz
  • Producer: Poppy Begum
  • Production Co: Swan Films
  • First shown: 29 April 2019; Channel 4

Like many British-Bangladeshis, Akram Khan grew up above a curry house. In this documentary, he immerses himself in the UK curry industry - the world he fled to become a dancer - to tell the epic story of his people, confronting his own demons in the process. Bangladeshis created a British institution, but now the community faces new challenges, which Akram confronts with unflinching honesty, before creating a mesmerising dance piece about his experiences.

DUWAYNE BROOKS for Stabbed: Britain's Knife Crime Crisis

  • Director: Toby Trackman
  • Production Co: Rogan Productions
  • First shown: 21 March 2019; BBC One

25 years after witnessing his friend Stephen Lawrence-brutal murder, Duwayne Brooks is taking viewers on a personal journey into the current wave of knife crime and the impact it is having across the nation.

LOUIS THEROUX for Louis Theroux: Altered States

  • Directors: Arron Fellows, Wesley Pollitt
  • Production Co: BBC Studios: The Documentary Unit
  • First shown: 4 November 2018; BBC Two

In this series, Louis explores how changing social attitudes and radical new laws in America have transformed how we raise children, how we love and even how we die.

NADIYA HUSSAIN for Nadiya: Anxiety and Me

  • Director: Rob Farquhar
  • Production Co: Raw
  • First shown: 15 May 2019; BBC One

Nadiya sets out to find out what causes her debilitating anxiety, exploring the most effective, available treatments, whilst having therapy herself for the very first time in the hope of managing her anxiety. Raw, open and incredibly honest, this documentary speaks to the millions of people in the UK suffering with anxiety disorders, shining a light and starting a national debate about an increasingly pressing issue.

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