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The May Fair Hotel BEST DOCUMENTARY ON A CONTEMPORARY THEME - DOMESTIC

How to Die: Simon’s Choice

How to Die: Simon’s Choice

  • Director/Producer: Rowan Deacon
  • Associate Producer: Lizzie Kempton
  • Executive Producer: Colin Barr
  • Production Co: Minnow Films, The Open University
  • First shown: 10 February 2016; BBC Two

A film telling the dramatic and poignant story of one man facing a heart wrenching decision of whether to end his life at a suicide clinic.

Canadian High Commission BEST DOCUMENTARY ON A CONTEMPORARY THEME - INTERNATIONAL

How to Change the World

How to Change the World

  • Director: Jerry Rothwell
  • Producers: Al Morrow, Bous De Jong, John Murray
  • Executive Producers: John Brunton, Jonny Persey, Stewart Le Marechal, David Wilkinson, Barbara Bowlby
  • Editor: James Scott
  • Production Co: Met Film Production, Insight Productions, Daniel Films
  • First shown: 9 September 2015; Sundance Film Festival 2015, London

In 1971 a small group of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat. Their mission was to stop Nixon’s atomic test bomb in Amchitka, Alaska. Chronicling this untold story at the birth of the modern environmental movement and with access to dramatic archive footage unseen for over 40 years, the film centres on eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of the global organization we now know as Greenpeace.

You can read 'making of' on The Talent Manager blog.

The Open University BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CURRENT AFFAIRS

This World:  Outbreak - The Truth About Ebola

This World: Outbreak - The Truth About Ebola

  • Director: Dan Edge
  • Producers: Dan Edge, Sasha Joelle Achilli
  • Executive Producers: Raney Aronson-Rath, Eamonn Matthews, Sam Bagnall
  • Series Producer: Sarah Waldron
  • Editor: Tim Lovell
  • Production Co: Mongoose Pictures, Quicksilver Media
  • First shown: 1 June 2015; BBC Two

Outbreak – The Truth About Ebola tells the vivid, inside story of how and why the ebola outbreak wasn't stopped before it was too late, drawing on revelatory and candid admissions of failure from key government and public health officials. The film interweaves the personal stories of the West Africans battling the virus with interviews with key global decision makers and health officials to shed new light on what went wrong.

Dogwoof BEST ARTS DOCUMENTARY

Amy

Amy

  • Director: Asif Kapadia
  • Producer: James Gay-Rees
  • Executive Producers: David Joseph, Adam Barker
  • Editor: Chris King
  • Production Co: On The Corner
  • First shown: 3 July 2015; General theatrical release

A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world's attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense - she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era.

ITN Source BEST HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY

Attacking the Devil

Attacking the Devil

  • Directors: Jacqui Morris, David Morris
  • Producer: Jacqui Morris
  • Executive Producers: Steve Milne, David Thomson, Rankin
  • Editor: David Fairhead
  • Production Co: Frith Street Films Ltd
  • First shown: 22 January 2016; General theatrical release

"We used to employ journalists, not private investigators." Observed Sir Harold Evans, giving evidence at the Leveson inquiry. Described by many of his peers to be the greatest newspaper man of the twentieth century, Sir Harold Evans edited the Sunday Times during a period considered to be the 'golden age' in British Journalism. Attacking the Devil covers some of the investigations and campaigns that earned him that praise.

Clockwork Capital BEST SCIENCE DOCUMENTARY

Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor

Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor

  • Director/Producer: Nic Stacey
  • Executive Producer: Paul Sen
  • Editor: Paul Crosby
  • Production Co: Furnace TV
  • First shown: 1 October 2015; BBC Four

Dr George McGavin investigates the highly varied and dramatic life of an oak tree. Part science documentary, part historical investigation, this film is a celebration of one of the most iconic trees in the British countryside. It aims to give viewers a sense of what an extraordinary species the oak is and provide an insight into how this venerable tree experiences life.

Televisual BEST NATURAL HISTORY DOCUMENTARY

The Hunt:  The Hardest Challenge

The Hunt: The Hardest Challenge

  • Director/Producer: Huw Cordey
  • Executive Producer: Alastair Fothergill
  • Series Producer: Huw Cordey
  • Editor: Matt Meech
  • Production Co: Silverback Films, BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9, NDR Naturfilm
  • First Shown: 1 November 2015; BBC One

The contests between predators and prey are the most dramatic events in nature. The Hardest Challenge reveals the extraordinary range of techniques predators use to catch their prey - from a leopard using all its powers of stealth to stalk impala in broad daylight to wild dogs, whose tactic is to wear down their prey over long distances; from Nile crocodiles, the Planet’s most patient predators, to killer whales who use teamwork and intelligence to take on humpback whales. But even with these finely tuned strategies the outcome is far from certain. Surprisingly, most predators fail most of the time.

You can read 'making of' on The Talent Manager blog.

Nyman Libson Paul BEST ENTERTAINING DOCUMENTARY

Secret Life of 4,5 and 6 Year Olds - Ep 2

Secret Life of 4,5 and 6 Year Olds - Ep 2

  • Directors: Teresa Watkins, Emily Lawson, Nicola Brown
  • Executive Producer: Teresa Watkins
  • Series Producer: Emily Lawson
  • Editors: Reva Childs, Mark Knowles, Paul Van Dyke, Brett Irwin, Alex Muggleton, Andrew Quigley, Dave Pearson
  • Production Co: RDF Television
  • First shown: 1 January 2016; Channel 4

What happens when over fifty 4, 5 and 6 year olds meet each other for the very first time on a holiday camp with every single child close mic’d to capture every tussle, every whisper and all the raw emotion of life in the playground? This series picks up the baton of the popular pilot, The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, and moves it on using the full drama of the documentary rig.

Envy BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES

The Murder Detectives

The Murder Detectives

  • Director: Dave Nath
  • Producer: Bart Corp
  • Executive Producer: Neil Grant
  • Editor: Ben Brown
  • Production Co: Films of Record
  • First shown: 30 November 2015; Channel 4

Filmed over eighteen months, a three-part series broadcast on consecutive nights. With intimate and unprecedented access to the Bristol police Major Crime Unit, it follows in real time every twist and turn of a murder investigation into the stabbing of nineteen-year old, Nicholas Robinson. Shot and structured as a drama, the episodes uniquely capture the unfolding story from the time the crime was reported to the eventual conviction.

Evolutions BEST CONSTRUCTED DOCUMENTARY SERIES

The Real Marigold Hotel

The Real Marigold Hotel

  • Director: Tom Currie
  • Executive Producers: Andrew Mackenzie-Betty, David Clews
  • Series Editor: David Vallance, Wesley Thomas
  • Production Co: Twofour
  • First shown: 26 January 2016; BBC Two

Dubbed “funny and thought-provoking” and “hilarious and heart-warming…” The Real Marigold Hotel sees eight British celebrities of retirement age head off on an experiential adventure in India. Miriam Margolyes OBE, Sylvester McCoy, Wayne Sleep OBE, Roy Walker, Rosemary Shrager, Bobby George, Patti Boulaye OBE and Jan Leeming made up the colourful cast.

Bertha DocHouse BEST CINEMA DOCUMENTARY

Cartel Land

Cartel Land

  • Director: Matthew Heineman
  • Producer: Tom Yellin
  • Executive Producers: Molly Thompson, David McKillop, Robert Debitetto
  • Editors: Matthew Hamachek, Matthew Heineman, Bradley J. Ross, Pax Wassermann
  • First shown: 4 September 2015; General theatrical release

With unprecedented access, Cartel Land is a harrowing look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

Channel 4 BEST NEWCOMER DOCUMENTARY

Where You're Meant To Be

Where You're Meant To Be

  • Director/Producer: Paul Fegan
  • Executive Producers: Stewart Henderson, Sonja Henrici, Mark Thomas, 422.tv
  • Editor: David Arthur
  • Production Co: Better Days
  • First shown: 19 February 2016; Glasgow Film Festival

Cult-pop raconteur Aidan Moffat, best known for his lyrics about sex, drugs and male anxiety, decides to rewrite and perform Scotland’s oldest songs. The only thing standing in his way is a 79-year-old force of nature and travelling balladeer called Sheila Stewart. He believes these songs are ripe for updating. She does not.

Sky Atlantic BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY

Women in Sink

Women in Sink

  • Director/Producer: Iris Zaki
  • Editors: Tal Cicurel, Oren Yaniv
  • Production Co: Royal Holloway, University of London
  • First shown: 15 November 2015; UK Jewish Film Festival, London Short Film Festival

In a little hair salon owned by a Christian Arab in Haifa, Israel, the director installs a minimalist film set over the washing-basin, where she chats with the clients she is shampooing. She thus paints an unexpected choral portrait of this space that provides temporary freedom, where Arab and Jewish women share their differences and a community of views on politics, history and love.

You can read 'making of' on The Talent Manager blog.

Warner Bros. TV Production UK BEST DOCUMENTARY PRESENTER

PAUL MAYHEW-ARCHER for Parkinson's: The Funny Side

PAUL MAYHEW-ARCHER for Parkinson's: The Funny Side

  • Director: Jane Goddard
  • Production Co: BBC South
  • First shown: 7 March 2016; BBC One

Comedy script writer Paul Mayhew-Archer who co-wrote the Vicar of Dibley goes in search of treatments and a cure for the disease he was diagnosed with 5 years ago.Starting with a trip to the supermarket to stock up on the chocolate Paul's convinced replaces the lost dopamine in his brain and including a meeting with a fellow sufferer almost cured with deep brain stimulation, a new approach to a medical documentary.

You can read 'making of' on The Talent Manager blog.

BBC GRIERSON TRUSTEES' AWARD

Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux

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.

In 2016 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.

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