Werner Herzog (pictured) has picked up the award for Best Documentary at the 55th BFI London Film Festival (LFF), with his death row film Into The Abyss beating out rival titles such as Dragonslayer and Better This World.
The award is co-presented with the Grierson Trust, and this year’s jury was chaired by two-time BAFTA winner Adam Curtis and included Sundance-winning director Kim Longinotto, Mandy Chang of the Grierson Trust, and BBC documentary commissioner Charlotte Moore.
The full shortlist for the Best Documentary award was:
Bernadette: Notes On A Political Journey, Lelia Doolan
Better This World, Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Goran Hugo Olsson
Dragonslayer, Tristan Patterson
Dreams of a Life, Carol Moley
Into The Abyss: A Tale Of Death, A Tale Of Life, Werner Herzog
Last Days Here, Don Argott & Demian Fenton
Whores’ Glory, Michael Glawogger
Among the other notable docs which screened at the LFF this year were Nick Broomfield’s Sarah Palin – You Betcha!, Jonathan Demme’s New Orleans doc I’m Carolyn Parker, and Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney’s doc Magic Trip.