Louis Theroux crowned BBC Grierson Trustees' Award winner at the 2016 British Documentary Awards

London, 30th September 2016: Documentary maker and presenter Louis Theroux will be honoured with the prestigious BBC Grierson Trustees' Award at the 2016 British Documentary Awards.

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Frank and fearless, Louis Theroux's documentaries have explored some of America's most controversial and fascinating lifestyles as well as getting under the skin of some of Britain's biggest personalities. He has interrogated criminals, lived with extreme believers, gambled with high-rollers and stalked game with trophy hunters all in the name of great filmmaking. A pre-eminent documentary creator for over 20 years, the Grierson Trustees' Award recognises his immense contribution to the genre and the wider industry.

Announcing the award, Chairman of the Grierson Trust, Lorraine Heggessey says: "Louis is a filmmaker who has effectively created his own genre. His curiosity and willingness to immerse himself in all kinds of communities allied with his idiosyncratic interviewing technique enables him to really get under the skin of his subjects."

A multi award-winning documentarian, Louis started as a correspondent on Michael Moore's TV Nation before making his own series for the BBC about unusual American subcultures, Weird Weekends. He made a series of specials about British public figures including disgraced Tory minister, Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine as well as DJ Sir Jimmy Savile, a subject he returns to on BBC Two this week. He went on to spend time in Miami for a series about America's most violent jails, delved into the world of male porn stars, visited the best American schools for children with autism and travelled to Arizona, the US capital of dementia care. Last year his LA Stories took him to Ohio's State Psychiatric Hospitals for a two-part documentary and to San Francisco to meet transgender children.

Earlier this year, the BBC broadcast his A Different Brain and Drinking to Oblivion which has also earned him a nomination in this year's Best Documentary Presenter category. His latest project Louis Theroux: Savile will broadcast on BBC Two this weekend and My Scientology Movie opens at cinemas across the UK next week.

Louis follows in the illustrious footsteps of previous Trustees' Award winners including documentary luminaries Sir David Attenborough, John Battsek, Molly Dineen, Nick Fraser, Alex Graham, Jonathan Gili, Kim Longinotto, Kevin MacDonald, Norma Percy, John Pilger, Mike Salisbury, Paul Watson and Penny Woolcock. Acknowledged as the Oscars of the documentary world, the Trustees’ Award crowns the crème de la crème of the industry, recognising an outstanding contribution to the art or craft of documentary making.

Now in their 44th year, the Griersons celebrate the best in documentary filmmaking carrying prestige and allure for factual filmmakers from across the globe. This year’s nominations include some of the most talked about television of the year as well as some less well known gems including Amy, How to Change the World and Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds.

The winners of Grierson 2016 will be revealed at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Jon Culshaw at the Mermaid on Monday 7th November, 2016.

To celebrate his award, Louis will take part in a special event and Q&A exploring his career from the early days through to his most recent projects on Tuesday 13th December at Picturehouse Central. The Q&A will be hosted by Director of BBC Content and Grierson Patron, Charlotte Moore. Tickets will be available from www.picturehouses.co.uk in early October.

Published: 30 September 2016

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