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C4 scoops record haul at Grierson Documentary Awards

C4 scoops record haul at Grierson Documentary Awards
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Tim Dams
04 November 2014

Channel 4 won a record eight out of the available 13 prizes at the Grierson British Documentary Awards, held last night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

C4’s Educating Yorkshire scooped two of the big prizes, the Radio Times Readers’ Choice Award and Envy Best Documentary Series.

C4’s current affairs strand Dispatches was also garlanded, winning two prizes for Syria civil war film Children on the Frontline (Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – International) and Hunted, an investigation into Russia persecuted gay population, which won Best Current Affairs Documentary.

Other C4 winners included The Murder Trial, Our Gay Wedding: The Musical, Love for Sale with Rupert Everett and Last Chance School. The latter, directed by Marc Williamson for Minnow Films, won the Best Newcomer Documentary.

BBC2’s The Iraq War: Regime Change won the Best Historical Documentary Award, while BBC4’s picked up the Best Arts Documentary prize for Colin Davis in his Own Words.

The best cinema documentary prize was won by Cutie and the Boxer, about the lives of two artists living and working in New York.

NFTS student Peter Akar won the best student documentary award for his film Sing Your Heart Out. The film charts the progress of a choir that brings together a diverse group of people all dealing with depression.

The Best Science or Natural History Documentary award went to Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever, which explored the workings of the Hadron Collider and scientists’ quest to find the elusive Higgs boson.

Viewers will be able to watch the awards on Sky Atlantic HD on Friday 7th November, 11.10pm.

Lorraine Heggessey, Chairman of The Grierson Trust opened the evening saying: “Watching this year’s entries is a fabulous reminder of how the documentary is alive and kicking in this digital age – there are funny, uplifting and moving films alongside those that pack a punch and expose the darker underbelly of our society.  The richness of the human condition and the complexities of 21st century life are celebrated and scrutinised.”

For more on the Griersons, see 'Griersons throws a spotlight on lack of documentary diversity'

The winners in full

Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary   
Particle Fever   
Mark Levinson for Particle Fever, LLC; first shown: Sheffield Doc/Fest

Molinare Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme — Domestic   
The Murder Trial   
Nick Holt for Windfall Productions; first shown: Channel 4

ITN Source Best Arts Documentary   
Colin Davis in His Own Words   
John Bridcut for Crux Productions; first shown: BBC Four

Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme — International   
Dispatches:  Children on the Frontline   
Anthony Wonke, Marcel Mettelsiefen for ITN Productions; first shown: Channel 4

Nyman Libson Paul Most Entertaining Documentary    
Our Gay Wedding:  The Musical   
Production team for Wingspan Productions Ltd; first shown: Channel 4

The Open University Best Documentary on Current Affairs   
Dispatches:  Hunted   
Ben Steele for Blakeway Productions; first shown: Channel 4

Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary    
Cutie and the Boxer   
Zachary Heinzerling; first shown: London Film Festival

Stockroom Archive Management Documentary Presenter of the Year   
RUPERT EVERETT for Love for Sale with Rupert Everett   
for Swan Films, first shown: Channel 4

CTVC Best Newcomer Documentary   
Last Chance School   
Marc Williamson for Minnow Films; first shown: Channel 4

Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary   
Sing Your Heart Out
Peter Akar for National Film and Television School; first shown: BFI Southbank

Radio Times Readers’ Choice Award
Educating Yorkshire   
David Brindley, Grace Reynolds for Twofour Productions; first shown: Channel 4

ITN Source Best Historical Documentary   
The Iraq War: Regime Change   
Paul Mitchell, Norma Percy, Charlie Smith for Brook Lapping Productions; first shown: BBC Two

The Grierson Trustees’ Award
Alex Graham

Envy Best Documentary Series   
Educating Yorkshire   
David Brindley, Grace Reynolds for Twofour Productions; first shown: Channel 4



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