“20,000 Days,” “Citizenfour” among Grierson winners

Documentaries 20,000 Days on Earth (pictured) and Citizenfour, as well as Channel 4 docuseries The Romanians Are Coming, are among the winners at the 2015 Grierson British Documentary Awards.
November 2, 2015

Documentaries 20,000 Days on Earth (pictured) and Citizenfour, as well as Channel 4 docuseries The Romanians Are Coming, are among the winners of the 2015 Grierson British Documentary Awards.

The awards ceremony – hosted by TV presenter and choirmaster Gareth Malone – was held in London this evening (November 2) and saw 12 prizes handed out.

Picking up the award for Best Arts Documentary was Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s hybrid film on musician Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth, a fictionalized account of 24 hours in the life of the Australian musician, while the Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – Domestic prize was awarded to Dan Reed‘s The Paedophile Hunter, following online vigilante Stinson Hunter and his associates as they pose as children online in order to identify alleged child groomers.

Meanwhile, the Best Documentary Series award went to the Keo Films-made The Romanians Are Coming for Channel 4, which follows a group of Romanian immigrants trying to make a fresh start in the UK, while the Best Historical Documentary prize was presented to the BBC-produced Our World War: The First Day for BBC3, a docudrama based on eyewitness accounts of British troops serving in World War I.

Finally, Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry was named best documentary presenter of the year for his work on the Swan Films-made Grayson Perry: Who Are You? for Channel 4, which follows Perry as he creates works of art based on individuals who embody contemporary British identity.

As previously reported, Dreamcatcher filmmaker Kim Longinotto was honored with the Grierson Trustees’ Award, which recognizes contributions to the art and craft of documentary filmmaking.

As per awards criteria, all programs and films had their first UK screenings between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015.

For the complete list of winners, please see below:

Evolutions Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme — Domestic
The Paedophile Hunter
Dan Reed for Amos Pictures; first shown: Channel 4

Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme — International
Laura Poitras for Praxis Films; first shown: London Film Festival

The Open University Best Documentary on Current Affairs
Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan
Rowan Deacon for BBC; first shown: BBC Three

Televisual Best Arts Documentary
20,000 Days on Earth
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard for Corniche Pictures, BFI, Film4 & Pulse Films; first shown: General theatrical release

ITN Source Best Historical Documentary
Our World War: The First Day
Bruce Goodison for BBC; first shown: BBC3

Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary
Curing Cancer
Brian Woods for True Vision Productions; first shown: Channel 4 

Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary
Gogglebox - Episode 6
Tania Alexander for Studio Lambert; first shown: Channel 4

Envy Best Documentary Series
The Romanians Are Coming
James Bluemel for Keo Films; first shown: Channel 4

Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary
Orlando von Einsiedel for Grain Media & Violet Films; first shown: General theatrical release

Channel Four Best Newcomer Documentary
The Lost Gold of the Highlands (Garnet’s Gold)
Ed Perkins for Red Box Films & Passion Pictures; first shown: BBC4

Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary
The Wolf, the Ship and the Little Green Bag
Kathryn MacCorgarry Gray for University of Westminster; first shown: Encounters Film Festival – NAHEMI Program

Clockwork Capital Documentary Presenter of the Year
Grayson Perry for Grayson Perry: Who Are You?
Neil Crombie for Swan Films; first shown: Channel 4

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