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“Cartel Land,” “Amy” take Grierson Awards

Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land, Asif Kapadia‘s Amy and the Films of Record-produced docuseries The Murder Detectives are among the winners of the Grierson Trust’s 44th annual British Documentary Awards. The awards ceremony — hosted by impressionist Jon ...
November 7, 2016

Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land, Asif Kapadia‘s Amy and the Films of Record-produced docuseries The Murder Detectives are among the winners of the Grierson Trust’s 44th annual British Documentary Awards.

The awards ceremony — hosted by impressionist Jon Culshaw – was held Nov. 7 at the Mermaid Theatre in London and saw 15 prizes handed out.

Taking home the hardware in the Best Arts Documentary category was Kapadia’s Oscar-winning film Amy, chronicling the life story of late musician Amy Winehouse in her own words, while the Best Cinema Documentary was awarded to Heineman’s Cartel Land (pictured), which follows the journey of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy, the Mexican drug cartels.

Meanwhile, Films of Record’s dramatic documentary The Murder Detectives, which follows an active murder investigation, added another honor to its varied awards display with a win in the Best Documentary Series category.

Elsewhere, BBC4′s Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor from Furnace TV walked away with the Best Science Documentary prize. The film provides a look at one of the natural world’s most resilient characters, a 400-year-old oak tree in Oxfordshire.

Finally, Paul Mayhew-Archer was named Best Documentary Presenter for his work on BBC1′s Parkinson’s: The Funny Side, which provides an investigation into what’s being done to develop treatments to battle Parkinson’s disease.

As previously reported, British-American filmmaker Louis Theroux was honored with the Grierson Trustees’ Award, which recognizes contributions to the art and craft of documentary filmmaking.

For the complete list of winners, please see below:

Best Natural History Documentary
The Hunt: The Hardest Challenge

Director: Huw Cordey for Silverback Films, BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9, NDR Naturfilm; first shown: BBC1

Best Arts Documentary
Amy
Director: Asif Kapadia for On The Corner; first shown: General theatrical release

Best Newcomer Documentary
Where You’re Meant To Be
Director: Paul Fegan for Better Days; first shown: Glasgow Film Festival 

Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – Domestic
How To Die: Simon’s Choice
Director: Rowan Deacon for Minnow Films, The Open University; first shown: BBC2

Best Historical Documentary
Attacking the Devil
Directors: Jacqui Morris and David Morris for Frith Street Films Ltd; first shown: General theatrical release

Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – International
How To Change the World
Director: Jerry Rothwell for Met Film Production, Insight Productions Ltd, Daniel Films; first shown: Sundance Film Festival 2015, London

Best Entertaining Documentary
Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds
Directors: Teresa Watkins, Emily Lawson and Nicola Brown for RDF Media; first shown: Channel 4

Best Student Documentary
Women In Sink
Director: Iris Zaki for Royal Holloway, University of London; first shown: UK Jewish Film Festival

Best Documentary Presenter
Paul Mayhew-Archer for
Parkinson’s: The Funny Side
BBC South; first shown: BBC1

Best Current Affairs Documentary
The World – Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola
Director: Dan Edge for Mongoose Pictures and Quicksilver Media; first shown: BBC2

Best Science Documentary
Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor
Director: Nic Stacey for Furnace TV; first shown: BBC4

Best Cinema Documentary
Cartel Land
Director: Matthew Heineman; first shown: General theatrical release

Best Constructed Documentary Series
The Real Marigold Hotel
Director: Tom Currie for Twofour; first shown: BBC2

Best Documentary Series
The Murder Detectives
Director: Dave Nath for Films of Record; first shown: Channel 4

BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award
Louis Theroux

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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