Ric Esther Bienstock’s Tales from the Organ Trade (pictured) and Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever are among the documentaries nominated for the Grierson Trust’s 2014 British Documentary Awards.
The 12 categories include 44 nominated documentaries and docuseries as well as a section for Documentary Presenter of the Year. This year’s nominees are works that had their first UK screenings between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on November 3.
Nominees for the Best Cinema Documentary prize include Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer, Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.
Meanwhile, films up for the Best Science or Natural History Documentary award are The Burrowers: Animals Underground (Episode 1), David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D, The Joy of Logic and Particle Fever.
Nominees in the running for the Best Documentary on Current Affairs award include Close Up: Freedom to Broadcast Hate, Dispatches: Hunted, Dispatches: The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Gangs and Tales from the Organ Trade.
A selection of the nominees follows below. A full list can be found here.
Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme — Domestic
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Nick Betts, Dominique Foster for Wall To Wall; first shown: ITV
Finding Mum and Dad
Amanda Rees for TiFiNi; first shown: Channel 4
The Murder Trial
Nick Holt for Windfall Productions; first shown: Channel 4
The Murder Workers
Jessie Versluys for CTVC; first shown: Channel 4
Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – International
The Crash Reel
Lucy Walker for Tree Tree Tree; first shown: Sky Atlantic
Dispatches: Children on the Frontline
Anthony Wonke, Marcel Mettelsiefen for ITN Productions; first shown: Channel 4
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin for Roast Beef Productions; first shown: general theatrical release
Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars
Berit Madsen for Radiator Film; first shown: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London
Best Arts Documentary
Colin Davis in His Own Words
John Bridcut for Crux Productions; first shown: BBC Four
David Bowie – Five Years
Francis Whately for BBC; first shown: BBC Two
imagine… Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny’s Pictures?
Jill Nicholls for BBC; first shown: BBC One
Notes From the Inside — James Rhodes
Ursula Mcfarlane for Fresh One Productions; first shown: Channel 4
Best Historical Documentary
The Iraq War: Regime Change
Paul Mitchell, Norma Percy, Charlie Smith for Brook Lapping Productions; first shown: BBC Two
Kennedy’s Nuclear Nightmare (Here Was Cuba)
John Murray, Emer Reynolds for Crossing the Line Productions ; first shown: More 4
Story of the Jews: Over the Rainbow
Hugo MacGregor for Oxford Film and Television; first shown: BBC Two
The Tube: An Underground History
James House, Tom Swingler for Blast! Films; first shown: BBC Two
Best Documentary Series
Dave Nath, Becky Lomax, Paddy Wivell for The Garden; first shown: Channel 4
David Brindley, Grace Reynolds for Twofour Productions; first shown: Channel 4
Life and Death Row
Ben Anthony, John Douglas, Graeme McAulay for BBC ; first shown: BBC Three
Orphans of the Sahara
May Welsh for Al Jazeera English; first shown: Al Jazeera English