Owen Gower’s Still the Enemy Within (pictured), which looks at the 1984 clashes between UK miners and former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, picked up the audience award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014.
The archive-rich film, told primarily from the perspective of the mining communities, was a hit with audiences in Sheffield – a former mining town. The film was produced by Sinead Kirwan and Mark Lacey.
Elsewhere, the short film audience award went to Tomasz Sliwinski’s Our Curse, which looks at a young couple whose newborn child has been diagnosed with Ondine’s curse, meaning he must be attached to a ventilator when he sleeps.
The doc, produced by Maciej Slesicki, also won the Student Doc Award.
The Interactive audience award went to Oscar Raby for his Oculus Rift VR headset project Assent, which allows users to witness the execution of a group of prisoners by the military regime in Chile in 1973, as witnessed by the filmmaker’s father.
Finally, the inaugural In The Dark Sheffield Audio Award, which recognizes “a new golden age of radio and audio documentary storytelling both in podcasting and traditional radio,” was awarded to Pejk Malinovski’s Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel, about a man who struggles to meditate when he realizes he’s sitting next to the actor Harvey Keitel.
As previously reported, Doc/Fest gave jury awards to films including Vessel, A Short History of the Highrise, Night Will Fall and Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime.