The Grierson Awards 2018 nominations are announced

Susan Calman to host The Griersons 2018 as the final nominations are announced

London, Monday 17th September, 2018: The Grierson Trust is delighted to announce the final nominations for the 46th annual British Documentary Awards, more fondly known as The Griersons, presented in association with All3media. The 2018 list includes 52 films across 14 categories with Chris Packham, Gary Younge, Patrick Kielty and Professor Green in the Best Documentary Presenter category. The awards will be presented on 5th November at a star-studded ceremony hosted by comedian Susan Calman.

Of the 52 nominated films, 22 were broadcast on BBC channels and the broadcaster dominates the Arts, Historical, Natural History and Series categories. Channel 4 has eight films in the running, Netflix four, and Channel 5 has three - which is the channel's strongest ever performance. National Geographic, ITV, Red Bull and Field of Vision all have one nomination apiece. Festival, university and cinematic screenings make up the remaining 11.

There are 48 directors in the final cut and 10 filmmakers have the double honour of featuring in multiple categories. Some notable nominations include:

  • Chris Packham and his documentary Asperger's and Me garners Chris a Best Presenter listing as well as nominations in both Best Single - Domestic and Best Science categories
  • Catey Sexton's Raped: My Story makes the cut in both Best Single - Domestic and Best Current Affairs, helping Channel 5 to its strongest ever Grierson performance
  • Directing duo Mike Birkhead and Beth Jones appear on both the Best Science and Best Natural History lists for Natural World: Attenborough's Wonder of Eggs and H is for Hawk: A New Chapter respectively. Sir David Attenborough further features on the Natural History list with Attenborough and the Empire of the Arts
  • Another directing partnership - Jairus Mclearly and Gethin Aldous - similarly make two lists with their film The Work in Best Single - International and Best Cinema
  • Debut director Lucy Cohen's Kingdom of Us features on Best Single - Domestic and Best Cinema while James Rogan's Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation competes in Best Historical and Best Series
  • Preston Hartley - who is now a Grierson DocLab alumnus - appears on the Best Student list with As a Man
  • Jayisha Patel's Circle is nominated on both Best Student and Best Short categories
  • Finally, Twenty Twenty's The House Through Time features on both Best Constructed and Best Historical nominations.

Announcing the shortlist, Chair of The Grierson Trust, Lorraine Heggessey says: "The sheer variety and scale of the annual Grierson nominations never ceases to delight and amaze and 2018 is another stellar year in factual filmmaking. The skill, passion, honesty and tenacity of these filmmakers, from global names to newcomers, deserve to be celebrated and recognised. I look forward to congratulating the winners on November 5th."

Susan Calman

Susan Calman

Host Susan Calman gave up her career as a corporate lawyer to become a comedian and has gone on to star in quiz shows, sitcoms and comedies across TV and radio as well as touring with her own show, writing two books and dancing into the nation's hearts on Strictly Come Dancing.

Considered the Oscars of the documentary world and now in their 46th 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 nominations

Published: 17 September 2018

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