“Particle Fever,” “Organ Trade” among Grierson nominees

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.
September 17, 2014

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

Educating Yorkshire
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

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