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“Crip Camp”, “Suicidal: In Our Own Words” take 2020 Grierson Documentary Awards

James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham’s Crip Camp, Rachel Harvie’s Suicidal: In Our Own Words and Rob Coldstream’s three-part docuseries Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain are among the winners of the Grierson Trust’s 48th annual ...
November 12, 2020

James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham’s Crip Camp, Rachel Harvie’s Suicidal: In Our Own Words and Rob Coldstream’s three-part docuseries Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain are among the winners of the Grierson Trust’s 48th annual British Documentary Awards.

The Grierson Awards celebrate the best in documentary filmmaking and were this yearwere presented on YouTube and hosted by comedian and actor Sara Pascoe.

UK pubcasters BBC and Channel 4 took four of the 14 prizes available, with commercial broadcaster ITV, Netflix and Channel 5 picking up one win apiece. The remaining three winners were made up of festival and theatrical screenings.

Taking home the hardware in the Best Single Documentary – International category was Lebrecht and Newnham’s Netflix film Crip Camp (pictured), which tells the story of a 1970s ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers. The 106-minute film was also highly commended in the Best Historical Documentary category.

Harvie’s Suicidal: In Our Own Words for Channel 5 was awarded with the Best Single Documentary – Domestic category. The 68-minute project documents the stories of six men who have turned to the Central and North-West London Mental Health Trust for help with their suicidal tendencies.

Channel 4′s Jade: The Reality Star Who Change Britain, meanwhile, picked up honors in the Best Documentary Series and Best Historical Documentary categories. The Blast! Films-produced docuseries for Channel 4 explores the life story of the late reality star Jade Goody.

Of Jade: The Reality Star Who Change Britain, the judges in a statement said: “Focusing on a fascinating character, it is intellectually stimulating and manages to link themes relating to Brexit, the disenfranchisement of the working class, phone hacking and the duty of care scandal in an exciting narrative package.”

Elsewhere, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (SennaAmyMaradona) was recognized with the Grierson Trustees’ Award.

“John Grierson believed documentaries play a crucial role in countering threats to democracy and highlighting issues that matter to society,” said Lorraine Heggessey, chair of The Grierson Trust, in a statement. “This is amply demonstrated by the finalists and winners of this year’s awards which shine fresh light on a wide range of issues from dementia and disability rights, through civil war and ethnic cleansing to mental health and the destruction of our natural world. They are powerful, bold stories told with skill and compassion.”

For the complete list of winners, with credits supplied by The Griersons, see below: 

Best Current Affairs Documentary

Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag
Robin Barnwell, Gesbeen Mohammad, Guy Creasey, Simon Russell & David Henshaw for Hardcash Productions
ITV

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Undercover with the Clerics
Paddy Wells, Mais Al-Bayaa, Nawal Al Maghafi, Monica Garnsey, Chris Mitchell & Gary Beelders for BBC News Arabic
BBC News Arabic

Best Arts or Music Documentary

Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall
Alfred George Bailey, Adam Biskupski, Ian Arber, Tatiana Kennedy, Amelia Davis & Nicolas Sampson a Bailey Kennedy Production for Modern Films
General theatrical release

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Terms and Conditions: A UK Drill Story
Brian Hill, Kandise Abiola, Katie Bailiff, Fraser T Smith, Stuart Briggs &Andre Johnson for Century Films
You Tube Originals

Best Historical Documentary

Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain – Episode 1
Robert Coldstream, Clare Cameron, Justin Badger, Jane Greaves & Edmund Coulthard for Blast! Films
Channel 4

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Crip Camp
Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht, Sara Bolder, Howard Gertler, Priya Swaminathan & Tonia Davis for A Higher Ground & Rusted Spoke Production with Little Punk, JustFilms & Ford Foundation
Netflix

Best Science Documentary

War in the Blood
Arthur Cary, Morgan Matthews, Ben Brown, Saskia Rusher & Andrew Phillips for Minnow Films
BBC2

Best Natural History Documentary

The Last Igloo
Christian Collerton, Will Grayburn, Joe Evans, Neil Crombie, Adam Simons & Mick Duffield for Swan Films
BBC4

Best Entertaining Documentary

The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan: Zimbabwe
Romesh Ranganathan, Emily Hudd, Morgan Roberts, Chris Cottam & Andy Linton for Rumpus Media
BBC2 

Best Documentary Series

Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain
Robert Coldstream, Clare Cameron, Justin Badger, Jane Greaves & Edmund Coulthard for Blast! Films
Channel 4

Best Constructed Documentary Series

The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes
Benjamin Leigh, Trish Powell, Murray Boland, Martin Oxley, Louise Bartmann & Neil Cornish for CPL Productions & Motion Content Group
Channel 4

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Long Lost Family
Sally Benton, Clare Bradbury, Susie Attwood, Rick Barker & Johnny Wagener for Wall to Wall Media
ITV

Best Cinema Documentary

For Sama
Waad al Kateab, Ed Watts, Nevine Mabro, Ben de Pear, Siobhan Sinnerton & George Waldrum for Channel 4 News & ITN Productions for Channel 4 & PBS Frontline
General theatrical release

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Honeyland
Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov & Atanas Georgiev
General theatrical release 

Best Documentary Short

Country Girl
Ellen Evans & Pearl Doughty-White for BFI Doc Society
Open City Docs Film Festival

Best Student Documentary

Miss Curvy
Ghada Eldemellawy & Gareth Pugh for NFTS
University/College screening

Best Documentary Presenter

Mobeen Azhar for Hometown: A Killing
Forest & 7 Wonder
BBC3

BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award
Asif Kapadia

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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