The Grierson Awards 2014: Winners

See the photos for the awards ceremony 2014.

Categories

Winners

Molinare Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – Domestic

The Murder Trial

The Murder Trial

  • Director:Nick Holt
  • Producer:Marina Parker
  • Executive Producers:Kate Barker, David Dugan, Ian Duncan
  • Production Co:Windfall Films
  • First shown:9 July 2013; Channel 4

For the first time ever, remotely-operated cameras have been placed inside a British criminal court to capture a murder trial in its entirety for this brand new feature-length documentary. Recorded over six weeks, this film shows the process of justice in a Scottish High Court like never before. The victim in the case is Arlene Fraser and her family have now been waiting over 14 years for justice.

Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – International

Dispatches:  Children on the Frontline

Dispatches: Children on the Frontline

  • Directors:Anthony Wonke, Marcel Mettelsiefen
  • Executive Producer:Chris Shaw
  • Series Producer:Marcel Mettelsiefen
  • Production Co:ITN Productions
  • First shown:22 January 2014; Channel 4

The children of Syria are often the forgotten victims in the ongoing civil war being waged by adults. Over 12 thousand children have been killed with over a million now refugees. Over 2000 children have died in the war and food is in serious shortage with the constant threat of shelling, sniper fire and kidnap. This is the story of the war witnessed by five young children whose lives have been changed forever by the conflict.

The Open University Best Documentary on Current Affairs

Dispatches:  Hunted

Dispatches: Hunted

  • Producer/Director:Ben Steele
  • Executive Producer:Karen Edwards
  • Production Co:Blakeway Productions
  • First shown:5 February 2014; Channel 4

This film made by Blakeway for Channel 4’s Dispatches strand exposed the brutal world of Russia’s persecuted gay population. It's thought only 1% of this community dare to live completely openly in Russia. This film gained unique access to the vigilante gangs that target gay men and women. Reported by Liz MacKean, it revealed a country troubled by disturbing violence and distressing intimidation - the terror the Russian gay community is calling 'hunting season'.

ITN Source Best Arts Documentary

Colin Davis in His Own Words

Colin Davis in His Own Words

  • Producer/Director:John Bridcut
  • Writer:John Bridcut
  • Production Co:Crux Productions
  • First shown:3 May 2013; BBC Four

This highly unusual and compelling portrait of the conductor, Sir Colin Davis, who passed away in April 2013, reveals a reluctant maestro. Shortly before his final illness, he spoke movingly and in great detail to John Bridcut about his career, his philosophy of life, his passion for music, and the death he sensed was approaching. It is an intimate confession, in the style of a last testament, from a celebrated conductor with a complex personality.

ITN Source Best Historical Documentary

The Iraq War: Regime Change

The Iraq War: Regime Change

  • Directors:Paul Mitchell, Norma Percy, Charlie Smith
  • Executive Producers:Brian Lapping, Paul Mitchell
  • Series Producer:Norma Percy
  • Writers:David Alter, Brian Lapping, Paul Mitchell, Norma Percy
  • Production Co:Brook Lapping Productions
  • First shown:29 May 2013; BBC Two

An account of the most controversial decision of the century, the decision to go to war in Iraq. A unique history from key players on all sides: Tony Blair, Dick Cheney, Jack Straw, Colin Powell, the CIA team in charge of Iraq – and, for the first time, five leading members of Saddam’s government, including Foreign Minister Naji Sabri and the highest-surviving Republican Guard officer, General Raad Hamdani.

Satusfaction Best Science or Natural History Documentary

Particle Fever

Particle Fever

  • Director:Mark Levinson
  • Producers:David Kaplan, Mark Levinson, Andrea Miller, Carla Solomon
  • Executive Producers:Thomas Campbell Jackson, Gerry Ohrstrom
  • Production Co:Particle Fever, LLC
  • First shown:14 June 2013; Sheffield Doc/Fest

Particle Fever tells the inside story behind one of the most significant scientific pursuits of our time – the search for the Higgs boson, the so-called ‘God Particle’, at the Large Hadron Collider outside of Geneva. A celebration of discovery, Particle Fever reveals the very human stories behind this epic quest.

Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary

Our Gay Wedding:  The Musical

Our Gay Wedding: The Musical

  • Music and Lyrics:Benjamin Till, Nathan Taylor
  • Executive Producers:Archie Baron, Sean Murphy
  • Directors/Producers :Claire Lewis, Louise Hooper, Ellen Hobson
  • OB Director:Tim Van Someren
  • Production Co:Wingspan Productions
  • First shown:31 March 2014; Channel 4

Grooms Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor wrote and staged their entire wedding, on Saturday 29 March 2014, the first day same-sex marriage became legal in England & Wales, as a musical – with sung vows and show-stopping ensembles featuring family, friends and special guests including a heartfelt duet from the grooms’ mums. This historic broadcast was a true TV genre-buster: an as-live television event (broadcast just 48 hours after the wedding), a through-composed musical documentary, a star-studded entertainment show, maybe even a current affairs opera – featuring everyone from Kylie to Ed Miliband, a singing Jon Snow to a singing registrar, Stephen Fry to the London Gay Men’s Chorus.

ENVY Best Documentary Series

Educating Yorkshire

Educating Yorkshire

  • Series Director/Producers:David Brindley, Grace Reynolds
  • Executive Producers:Andrew Mackenzie-Betty, David Clews
  • Series Producers:David Brindley, Grace Reynolds
  • Production Co:Twofour Broadcast
  • First shown:5 September 2013; Channel 4

Educating Yorkshire is located at the heart of a diverse northern community, offering a fascinating insight into modern school life in the UK. Through 64 fixed rig cameras, the teachers and pupils of Thornhill Community Academy were captured across seven weeks, with additional filming over the academic year. The series intended to provide a diverse audience across the UK a compelling insight into everyday life at a very ordinary, yet extraordinary, comprehensive.

Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary

Cutie and the Boxer

Cutie and the Boxer

  • Director:Zachary Heinzerling
  • Production Co:Cine Mosaic
  • First shown:17 October 2013; London Film Festival

Cutie and the Boxer is a candid New York love story about life and art that explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife and artist Noriko.

CTVC Best Newcomer Documentary

Last Chance School

Last Chance School

  • Director:Marc Williamson
  • Producer:Emma Lamont
  • Executive Producers:Ruth Kelly, Morgan Matthews
  • Production Co:Minnow Films
  • First shown:29 April 2014; Channel 4

A moving and beautifully crafted film following three boys at a specialist boarding school for kids with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Shot from their perspective, we take an intimate and privileged look beneath the bad behaviour as they try to work through some of their difficulties during a turbulent term.

Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary

Sing Your Heart Out

Sing Your Heart Out

  • Director:Peter Akar
  • Production Co:National Film and Television School
  • First shown:26 February 2014; BFI Southbank

Sing Your Heart Out is a bittersweet documentary musical about an unusual choir in Hackney – it is a choir for people dealing with depression. Their stories and issues are diverse, but it is one reason that brings them together: they want to improve their mental health with the power of music. Their energetic jazz-singer leader is trying to put together a performance before he moves back to New York.

Stockroom Archive Management Documentary Presenter of the Year

RUPERT EVERETT

RUPERT EVERETT for Love for Sale with Rupert Everett

  • Production Co:Swan Films
  • First shown:28 April 2014; Channel 4

In Love for Sale, Rupert Everett tackled a subject usually shrouded in prurience, lazy moralising and mealy-mouthed hypocrisy: prostitution. "So how is country whoring?" might not be a Panorama journalist's opening salvo to an Exeter-based escort and mother-of-two, but it exemplifies his uniquely personal approach - empathetic, witty, and able instantly to establish rapport with the people he met. Prostitutes are some of the most marginalised and stigmatised people in Britain, and they rarely get the chance on British television to speak about their lives with honesty and dignity. By instinctively finding their wavelength, Everett gave them that opportunity. It is one of the most important gifts, indeed rights, that documentary can bestow.

Radio Times Readers’ Choice Award

Educating Yorkshire

Educating Yorkshire

  • Series Director/Producers:David Brindley, Grace Reynolds
  • Executive Producers:Andrew Mackenzie-Betty, David Clews
  • Series Producers:David Brindley, Grace Reynolds
  • Production Co:Twofour Broadcast
  • First shown:5 September 2013; Channel 4

Educating Yorkshire is located at the heart of a diverse northern community, offering a fascinating insight into modern school life in the UK. Through 64 fixed rig cameras, the teachers and pupils of Thornhill Community Academy were captured across seven weeks, with additional filming over the academic year. The series intended to provide a diverse audience across the UK a compelling insight into everyday life at a very ordinary, yet extraordinary, comprehensive.

Grierson Trustees' Award

Alex Graham

Alex Graham

In 1987 Alex co-founded Wall to Wall and was CEO from 1997 to 2013. Through his company, he has produced a remarkable range of popular and critically acclaimed programming from hit series like New Tricks, Long Lost Family and The Voice UK to award‑winning films like A Rather English Marriage and Man on Wire. Alex created two of Wall to Wall’s groundbreaking history series – The 1900 House and Who Do You Think You Are? Real Screen magazine’s poll placed Wall to Wall as one of the top seven companies in the world. Its programmes have won almost every major television award on both sides of the Atlantic and in 2009, the company’s first feature documentary – Man on Wire – won the Academy Award for best documentary. Alex is currently Chairman of Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Like us

© 2017 The Grierson Trust. All rights reserved.