The Grierson Trust is to honor master documentarian John Pilger (pictured) with its Honda Grierson Trustees’ Award next month, recognizing his outstanding contribution to documentary making.
The Australian filmmaker, author and war correspondent has previously won an American Television Academy Award, an Emmy, and the Richard Dimbleby Award for a lifetime’s work in factual broadcasting, awarded by Bafta.
Among his portfolio of work, his first film, 1970′s The Quiet Mutiny, revealed the rebellion within the U.S. Army in Vietnam that led to the American withdrawal. His 1979 documentary Cambodia Year Zero, meanwhile, is credited with alerting the world to the horrors of the Pol Pot regime.
The latter film is ranked by the BFI as among the 10 most important documentaries of the 20th Century. In all, the 72-year-old has made 58 documentaries.
Dawn Airey, chairman of the Grierson Trust, said: “John Pilger is one of the world’s great documentary producers. His work has uncovered atrocity, probed the underbelly of society, sparked controversy and challenged the heart of democracy. The Grierson Trust is proud and thrilled to honor John with its most prestigious award, the Honda Grierson Trustees’ Award.”
Past winners of the award have included Penny Woolcock, Norma Percy, Molly Dineen, Nick Broomfield, Kim Longinotto, Paul Watson, Angus Macqueen and Pawel Pawlikowski.
As previously reported, this year’s Griersons will take place at the BFI Southbank in London on November 1, with The Arbor, Marathon Boy, Restrepo and Senna battling it out for the Best Cinema Documentary prize.