The Grierson Trust has published the nominations for the 50th anniversary British Documentary Awards in association with All3Media.

Five films have the distinction of nominations in two categories. They are:

· Uprising for Best History and Best Series categories

· The Reason I Jump for Best Single – International and Best Cinema categories

· Summer of Soul for Best Music and Best Cinema categories

· jeen-yuhs – A Kanye Trilogy for Best Music and Best Series categories

· Navalny for Best Cinema and Best Current Affairs categories

Ten broadcasters are recognised on the final nominations lists. The BBC dominates with 25 entries in the running overall. Netflix has seven, Channel 4 has six and Sky follows with four. National Geographic, ITV, iTunes with Prime Video, and Disney+ all have two whilst Apple+ and Prime Video alone have one each. The remainder is made up of festival and university screenings alongside theatrical releases.

The Best Presenter shortlist is made up of five names, all making their documentary presenter debuts. Ellie Simmonds for Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism?; Jamie MacDonald and Jamie O’Leary for Blind Ambition; Joe Lycett for Joe Lycett Vs the Oil Giant; and, Sathnam Sangera for Empire State of Mind.

Emerging documentary talent is recognised in the Best Student Documentary category which feature films from students from London College of Communication, Newcastle University, University of Manchester and University of Greenwich.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 10th November hosted by comedian, Rosie Jones and TV presenter, AJ Odudu.

Lorraine Heggessey, chair of The Grierson Trust says: “As we celebrate The Grierson Trust’s 50th anniversary year, this stunning collection of nominations shows that the documentary is as vibrant and relevant as ever. The wide-ranging subject matter and overall excellence of these films is the reason documentaries earn their place on both long-standing broadcast channels and the newer platforms. These nominations also represent a perfect mix of established and emerging talent. I look forward to unveiling the winners at our awards ceremony in November.”

In addition to the 16 categories, there will also be two special awards including the Grierson Hero of the Year Award – presented to an individual nominated by their industry peers and judged by the Trustees to have made a positive impact within the industry over the last 12 months. And the Grierson Trustees Award, presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the art and craft of the documentary. This individual is chosen at the Trustees’ discretion.

 

The 2022 Full Shortlist:

Envy Best Single Documentary – Domestic

Grenfell: The Untold Story

Production team

BBC Studios – Channel 4

 

The Last Mountain

Chris Terrill, Julie Buckland, Olivia Lichtenstein, Julia Nottingham, Erica Banks, Annika Hagemann

Dorothy St Pictures, Uppercut Films, Globus Pictures – BBC

 

Mothers of the Revolution

Briar March, Matthew Metcalfe, Leela Menon, Helen Parker, Johnny Fewings, Fraser Brown

Universal Pictures Content Group – Theatrical release

 

A Space in Time

Nick Taussig, Riccardo Servini, Sophie Harmer

Salon Pictures in association with BFI, Bohemia Media, Reservoir Docs, BondIt, Buffalo 8 – Prime Video

 

Molinare Best Single Documentary – International

Dying to Divorce

Chloë Fairweather, Sinead Kirwan, Seda Gökçe, Özge Sebzeci, Paul Dosaj, Andrea Cuadrado

Dying to Divorce Ltd – Sky Documentaries

 

President

Camilla Nielsson, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Joslyn Barnes, Anne Köhncke, Anita Rehoff Larson, Danny Glover

Final Cut for Real, Louverture Films, Sant, Usant, BBC Storyville – BBC

 

The Reason I Jump

Jerry Rothwell, Stevie Lee, Jeremy Dear, Al Morrow

MetFilm Production, The Ideas Room, Runaway Fridge – Disney+

 

Writing with Fire

Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh

Black Ticket Films – BBC

 

Televisual Best Current Affairs Documentary

BBC Africa Eye – Black Axe

Peter Macjob, Tom Saater, Sam Judah, Gary Beelders, Charlie Northcott, Tom Watson

BBC Africa Eye – BBC

 

Exposure – Afghanistan: No Country for Women

Ramita Navai, Karim Shah, Mark Summers, Eamonn Matthews, Ali Watt

Quicksilver Media – ITV

 

Four Hours at the Capitol

Jamie Robert, Will Grayburn, Dan Reed

Amos Pictures, HBO – BBC

 

Navalny

Daniel Roher, Diane Becker, Odessa Rae, Melanie Miller, Shane Boris

CNN Films and HBO Max in association with Fishbowl Films, RaeFilm Studios, Cottage M – BBC

 

Best Arts Documentary

The Andy Warhol Diaries – Shadows: Andy & Jed

Andrew Rossi, Josh Braun, Ryan Murphy, Alexis Martin Woodall, Stanley Buchthal, Scott Robertson

Abstract Submarine – Netflix

 

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Mariem Pérez Riera, Michael Kantor, Lyn Davis Lear, Norman Lear, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Regina K. Scully

Universal Pictures Content Group – iTunes/Prime Video

 

Salt, by Selina Thompson

Selina Thompson, Alison Ramsay, Kate Spankie, Damian Daniel, Lucy Pilkington, Denise Alder Milk and Honey Productions – BBC

The Story of Film: A New Generation

Mark Cousins, John Archer, Timo Langer, Clara Glynn

Hopscotch Films – Netflix

 

Sky Documentaries Best Music Documentary

Dawn Raid

Oscar Kightley, Matthew Metcalfe, Leela Menon

Universal Pictures Content Group – iTunes/Prime Video

 

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy – act i: VISION

Production team

A Netflix Documentary, a TIME Studios Production in association with Creative Control, Leah Natasha Productions – Netflix

 

Other, Like Me: The Oral History of COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle

Marcus Werner Hed, Dan Fox, Mariko Montpetit, Annika Aschberg, Caitlin Maraffa

Willow Glen Films, BBC – BBC

 

Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised)

Ahmire ‘Questlove’ Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein, Joshua L Pearson

Onyx Collective, Concordia Studio, Play/Action Pictures, LarryBilly Productions, Mass Distraction Media, RadicalMedia, Vulcan Productions – Disney+

 

Red Bull Studios Best Sports Documentary

14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible

Production team

A Netflix Documentary Produced by Noah Media Group in association with Little Monster Films – Netflix

 

Citizen Ashe

Rex Miller, Sam Pollard, Beth Hubbard, Anna Godas, Steven Cantor, Jamie Schultz

Dogwoof, Rexpix Media, Stick Figure Productions – BBC

 

Gazza – Episode 1

Production team

Haviland Digital, Mark Stewart Productions, Western Edge Pictures, BBC – BBC

 

Gold Rush: Our Race to Olympic Glory – Revolution

Production team

Blast! Films – BBC

 

Best History Documentary

The Decade the Rich Won – Episode 1

Victoria James, Sam Collins, Jecca Powell, Alex Ayandele Pascall, Mike Radford

BBC Current Affairs, The Open University – BBC

 

Memory Box: Echoes of 9/11

David Belton, Bjørn Johnson, Hugo Godwin, Polly Allen, Helen Waddell

Yard 44, NBC News Studios – Sky Documentaries

 

The Missing Children

Tanya Stephan, Rachel Cumella, Paddy Garrick, Ella Newton, Brian Woods, Anne Morrison

True Vision, Nevision – ITV

 

Uprising – Episode 1

Production team

Rogan Productions, Lammas Park, Turbine Studios – BBC

 

The Open University Best Science Documentary

Dementia & Us – Episode 1

Paul Myles, Zoe Jewell, Dan Barraclough, Adam Robinson, Dreane Williams, Kezia Sheard

RDF, The Open University – BBC

 

Neutrino: Hunting the Ghost Particle

Henry Fraser, David Dugan, Ian Strang, Zoe Glover, Rosemary Cafferkey, Laety Ducom

Windfall Films – BBC

 

Positive – Episode 2

Grace Chapman, David Vincent, John Smithson, Lucie Ridout

Arrow Pictures – Sky Documentaries

 

A Year in the Ice: The Arctic Drift

Ashley Morris, Philipp Griess, Cameron Balbirnie, Gary Hunter, Angela Neillis, Nico Hofmann

Wild Blue Media, UFA Show & Factual, Fremantle Media – Channel 4

 

Discovery Best Natural History or Environmental Documentary

Becoming Cousteau

Liz Garbus, Mark Monroe, Pax Wassermann, Dan Cogan, Mridu Chandra, Evan Hayes

National Geographic Documentary Films, Story Syndicate, The Cousteau Society, Ace Content, Diamond Docs – National Geographic

 

The Green Planet: Tropical Worlds

Mike Gunton, Rupert Barrington, Paul Williams, James Taggart, Louis Rummer-Downing, Tim Shepherd

PBS, bilibili, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV9, France Télévisions, The Open University – BBC

 

Life at 50°C

Christopher Mitchell, Monica Garnsey, Namak Khoshnaw, Gavin Searle, Ceci Golding, Stephanie Stafford

BBC News Arabic Documentaries, BBC Current Affairs – BBC

 

My Garden of a Thousand Bees

David Allen, Martin Dohrn, Gaby Bastyra, Steve White, Fred Kaufman, David Elisco

Passion Planet, The WNET Group, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Ammonite Films – Sky Nature

 

Prime Video Best Entertaining Documentary

Banned! The Mary Whitehouse Story – Episode 1

Production team

BBC Studios – BBC

 

This is Joan Collins

Clare Beavan, Karen Steyn, Paul van Dyck, Joan Collins, Nick Taussig, Annabel Wigoder

Salon Pictures – BBC

 

The Tinder Swindler

Felicity Morris, Sam Starbuck, Bart Layton, Julian Hart, Bernadette Higgins, Sian Packer

A Netflix Documentary, A Raw Production with Gaspin Media, AGC Studios in association with VG – Netflix

 

‘Twas the Fight Before Christmas

Becky Read, Nic Zimmerman, Julia Nottingham, Lisa Gomer Howes, Ellie Phillips, Jane Bevan

Dorothy St Pictures – Apple TV+

 

BFI Doc Society Fund Best Cinema Documentary

The First Wave

Matthew Heineman, Jenna Millman, Leslie Norville

National Geographic Documentary Films, Neon, Participant, Our Time Projects – Theatrical release

 

Navalny

Daniel Roher, Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller, Shane Boris

CNN Films and HBO Max in association with Fishbowl Films, RaeFilm Studios, Cottage M – Theatrical release

 

The Reason I Jump

Jerry Rothwell, Stevie Lee, Jeremy Dear, Al Morrow

MetFilm Production, The Ideas Room, Runaway Fridge – Theatrical release

 

Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised)

Ahmire ‘Questlove’ Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein, Joshua L Pearson

Onyx Collective, Concordia Studio, Play/Action Pictures, LarryBilly Productions, Mass Distraction Media, RadicalMedia, Vulcan Productions – Theatrical release

 

Netflix Best Documentary Series

9/11: One Day in America

Daniel Bogado, Caroline Marsden, David Glover, Ella Wright, Julian Jones, Chris Nicholls

72 Films – National Geographic

 

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy

Production team

A Netflix Documentary, a TIME Studios Production in association with Creative Control, Leah Natasha Productions – Netflix

 

Jeremy Kyle Show: Death on Daytime

Kira Phillips, Graeme McAulay, Barry Ronan, Rosina Andreou, Charlie MacDonald, Abi Walker

Blast! Films – Channel 4

Uprising

Production team

Rogan Productions, Lammas Park, Turbine Studios – BBC

 

Channel 4 Best Constructed Documentary Series

The Dog House

Production team

Five Mile Films – Channel 4

 

Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

Melissa Brown, Robin Trump, David Cheeseman, Zinia Scroggs, Francesca Maudsley, Leah Caffrey

Wall to Wall Media – BBC

 

Idris Elba’s Fight School

Michelle Chappell, Rick Murray, Rachael Barnes, Itamar Klasmer, Hassan Ghazi, Emma Linstead

Workerbee, Green Door – BBC

 

We Are Black and British

Narinder Minhas, Becky Clarke, Rebecca Nunn, Lindsay Davies, Ryan Samuda, Jessica Mitchell

Cardiff Productions, The Open University – BBC

 

Fullwell 73 Best Documentary Short

The Bayview

Daniel Cook, Marcy Paterson

MTP, SDI – Bridging the Gap for – London Short Film Festival

 

Freedom Swimmer

Olivia Martin-McGuire, Brooke Silcox, Ron Dyens

No-Thing Productions, Sacrebleu Productions – Festival release

 

Nsenene

Michelle Coomber, Xavi Amoros, Jim Wright

Medina Films – New Yorker

 

Three Songs for Benazir

Gulistan Mirzaei, Elizabeth Mirzaei, Omar Mullick, Homayoun Noori, Jamil Rezaei, Stephen Maing

A Netflix Documentary – Netflix

 

All3Media Best Student Documentary

Daughters of the Sea

Laura Esteban, Eric Berman

London College of Communication

 

Ordinary Life

Luke Suddes, Katharine Beavers, Dalene Low, Harrison So

Newcastle University

 

Ten by Ten

Jami L Bennett

University of Manchester

 

Traded

Harshit Bawa, Monika Arora, Solmi Kim, Simran Arora

University of Greenwich

 

Disney+ Best Documentary Presenter
ELLIE SIMMONDS for Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism?

Flicker Productions – BBC

 

JAMIE MACDONALD & JAMIE O’LEARY for Blind Ambition

Television Repairs – BBC

 

JOE LYCETT for Joe Lycett Vs the Oil Giant

Rumpus Media – Channel 4

 

SATHNAM SANGHERA for Empire State of Mind

Sandpaper Films – Channel 4

 

 

 

Pippa Considine

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