The Grierson Awards 2017 nominations are announced

Stephen Mangan to host the The Griersons 2017 as the final nominations are announced.

The full list of nominations 2017 is here

The Grierson Trust is delighted to announce the final nominations for the 45th annual British Documentary Awards, more fondly known as The Griersons. The 2017 list includes 52 films across 14 categories with Nadiya Hussain, Rich Hall, Stacey Dooley and Grayson Perry in the Best Documentary Presenter category. The awards will be presented on 6th November at a star-studded ceremony hosted by actor Stephen Mangan.

Of the 52 nominated films, 29 were broadcast on BBC channels and the broadcaster dominates the Single Documentary - Domestic, Arts, Science and Series categories. Channel 4 have six films in the running and Sky have two with Channel 5, Vice, Netflix and Nowness all with 1 nomination each. Festival, university and cinematic screenings make up the remaining 11.

There are 66 directors in the final cut and six filmmakers have the double honour of featuring in multiple categories.

  • Pip Broughton's moving memoire of the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, Aberfan: The Green Hollow, is nominated in both Best Single Documentary Domestic and Best Historical categories.
  • Dan Edge and Lauren Mucciolo's thoughtful analysis of the effects of prison's toughest punishment, Last Days of Solitary, features on both Best Single Documentary - International and Best Current Affairs lists.
  • Raoul Peck's internationally acclaimed civil rights films inspired by James Baldwin's work, I Am Not Your Negro, is in both the Best Historical and Best Cinema categories.
  • Martha Delap's Chronicles of Nadiya earns nominations in the Best Entertaining and Best Presenter categories with Nadiya Hussain's first foray as a tv presenter.
  • Finally in a Grierson first, Daniel Gordon finds himself in two categories for two different films: Hillsborough in Best Single Documentary - Domestic and The Fall in Best Single Documentary - International.

Announcing the shortlist, Chair of the Grierson Trust, Lorraine Heggessey says: "Once again our filmmakers have wowed us with an amazing array of gritty, touching and engaging films. The jurors had a challenging job with so many strong contenders in play. Our new Shorts category reflects the continuing evolution of the documentary form. Congratulations to all of our nominees and I look forward to announcing the winners in November."

Host Stephen Mangan is a stage, film, television and voice actor. He began his acting career in the theatre but after appearing in the film Billy Elliot and landing the role of Adrian Mole in The Cappuccino Years, Stephen has become best known for his screen work. These roles include the title role in the television adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently, Houdini and Doyle, and Episodes with Tamsin Greig and Matt le Blanc. Next year he can also be seen starring in the new comedy series Bliss for Sky Atlantic, Hang Ups for Channel 4 and Abi Morgan’s new BBC One/AMC drama The Split.

Considered the Oscars of the documentary world and now in their 45th year, the Grierson Awards celebrate the best in documentary film-making. Winning a Grierson carries prestige and allure for factual filmmakers across the globe.

The full list of nominations 2017 is here

Published: 19 September 2017

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