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Winners

Deluxe 142 Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - Domestic

  • Between Life and Death

    Between Life and Death
    Director/producer:
    Nick Holt
    Executive Producer:
    Meredith Chambers
    Production company:
    BBC Wales
    First UK screening:
    13 July 2010; BBC One

    This film follows three extraordinary cases highlighting some of the most complex ethical dilemmas facing medicine today. Filmed in the UK’s leading critical care unit (Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge) this observational documentary looks at the three patients who, without immediate medical intervention, would all have died at the scene of their accidents.

Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International

  • Secret Iraq - The Insurgency

    Secret Iraq - The Insurgency
    Director:
    Sam Collyns
    Producers:
    James Jones, Sam Collyns
    Executive Producer:
    Eamonn Matthews
    Production company:
    Quicksilver Media
    First UK screening:
    29 September 2010; BBC Two

    This two-part series tells the story of Iraq after the 2003 invasion. To gather testimony, the team filmed with key Iraqi insurgents who spoke for the first time about their operations against coalition forces. They filmed with Iraqi politicians, tribal leaders and civilians, as well as American and British soldiers, diplomats, hostages and spies. What emerges is a very different history to that related by politicians in London and Washington.

Bridgeman Art Library Best Documentary on the Arts

  • Bird on a Wire

    Bird on a Wire
    Director/producer:
    Tony Palmer
    Executive Producer:
    Steven Machat
    Production company:
    Isolde Films, The Machat Company
    First UK screening:
    19 November 2010; BBC Four

    The 1972 European tour of singer/poet Leonard Cohen. This film was believed completely lost, but was rescued by chance in 2010 from almost 3,000 fragments and finally broadcast almost 38 years after its original edit. Filmed throughout Europe when Cohen was at the height of his powers, this film is an intimate portrait of an extraordinary artist and his beliefs.

ITN Source Best Historical Documentary

  • Fire in Babylon

    Fire in Babylon
    Director:
    Stevan Riley
    Producers:
    John Battsek, Charles Steel
    Executive Producers:
    Ben Goldsmith, Ben Elliot
    Writer:
    Stevan Riley
    Production company:
    E & G Productions, H & H Productions, Cowboy Films, Passion Pictures.
    First shown:
    1 October 2010; London Film Festival

    Fire In Babylon is the breathtaking story of how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting history. In a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa; race riots in England and civil unrest in the Caribbean, the West Indian cricketers, led by the enigmatic Viv Richards, struck a defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide. Their undisputed skill, combined with a fearless spirit, allowed them to dominate the genteel game at the highest level, replaying it on their own terms.

Televisual Best Science Documentary

  • The Joy of Stats

    The Joy of Stats
    Director/producer:
    Dan Hillman
    Executive Producers:
    Archie Baron, Cassian Harrison
    Production company:
    Wingspan Productions
    First shown:
    7 December 2010; BBC Four

    A rollercoaster-ride through the wonderful world of statistics, presented by Swedish superstar boffin and internet legend Professor Hans Rosling. The film entertainingly explores the history of statistics, how stats works mathematically and how, in our data deluge age, statistics is changing the way science itself is being conducted. In one spectacular section he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years in just four minutes – using 120,000 numbers.

Current Most Entertaining Documentary

  • Bodysnatchers of New York

    Bodysnatchers of New York
    Director:
    Toby Dye
    Producers:
    Toby Dye, Denise Castelli, Edmond Buckley
    Executive Producers:
    Graham Ebbs, Denise Castelli
    Production company:
    Bearkatt Productions
    First shown:
    26 October 2010; More 4

    Highly cinematic documentary charting a macabre mystery that unfolds as the lives of a handful of starkly different, seemingly unconnected characters are intimately drawn together by a shocking crime involving over a thousand mutilated corpses in a tale of twenty-first century bodysnatching in the city of New York.

ENVY Best Documentary Series

  • Hugh’s Fish Fight

    Hugh’s Fish Fight
    Director/producer:
    Will Anderson
    Executive Producer:
    Andrew Palmer
    Writer:
    Hugh Fearnley-Whittenstall
    Production company:
    KEO Films
    First shown:
    13 January 2011; Channel 4

    In his latest campaigning series, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is leaving the comfort of River Cottage behind to find out what is really going on at the industrial end of our fisheries. And what he finds is that things are not just bad … they’re mad. Over half the fish caught in the North Sea are thrown back overboard dead, and Hugh’s campaign (now supported by over 750,000 people) wants to stop it.

DocHouse & The Bertha Foundation Best Cinema Documentary

  • The Arbor

    The Arbor
    Director:
    Clio Barnard
    Producer:
    Tracy O'Riordon
    Executive Producer:
    Michael Morris
    Production company:
    Artangel
    First shown:
    15 October 2010; London Film Festival

    The powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar (The Arbor, Rita, Sue and Bob Too) and her troubled relationship with her daughter Lorraine. Directed by artist and director Clio Barnard; The Arbor is a captivating and revelatory piece of cinema.

CTVC Best Newcomer Documentary

  • Storyville: Afghan Cricket Club - Out of the Ashes

    Storyville: Afghan Cricket Club: Out of the Ashes
    Director/producers:
    Timothy Albone, Lucy Martens
    Producers:
    Leslie Knott, Rachel Wexler
    Executive Producers:
    Greg Sanderson, Tom Roberts, Sam Mendes
    Series Editor:
    Nick Fraser
    Production company:
    Shabash Productions, Bungalow Town Productions
    First shown:
    7 February 2011; BBC Four

    Against a back drop of war and poverty Afghan Cricket Club: Out of the Ashes traces the extraordinary journey of a team of young Afghan men as they chase a seemingly impossible dream, shedding light on a nation beyond burqas, bombs, drugs and devastation.

Sky Arts Best Student Documentary

  • Caring for Calum

    Caring for Calum
    Director/Producer:
    Lou McLoughlan
    Producer:
    Lauren Fox
    Executive Producer:
    Emma Davie
    Institution:
    Edinburgh College of Art
    First shown:
    23 February 2011; Glasgow Film Festival

    A middle aged man returns to his Highland home, after years in exile, bringing with him a complex past that threatens his ambition to look after his father. As 92 year old Calum enjoys the care and boisterous humour of a shared home with his son, a tragedy in Uisdean’s past re-surfaces, leaving the role of carer to lapp back and forth between them, with the loch tides".

Honda The Trustees’ Award

  • John Pilger

    John Pilger

    John Pilger grew up in Sydney, Australia. He has been a war correspondent, author and documentary film-maker. He is one of only two to twice win Journalist of the Year, British journalism’s highest award, for his work all over the world. He has been International Reporter of the Year and a recipient of the United Nations Association Peace Prize and Gold Medal. In 2003, he received the prestigious Sophie Prize for ‘thirty years of exposing deception and improving human rights’. In 2009, he was awarded Australia’s international human rights award, the Sydney Peace Prize, ‘for his courage as a film-maker and journalist in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard’.

    He has won an American Television Academy Award, an Emmy, and the Richard Dimbleby Award for a lifetime’s work in factual broadcasting, awarded by BAFTA. His first film, The Quiet Mutiny, made in 1970 for Granada’s World in Action, revealed the rebellion within the US Army in Vietnam that led to the American withdrawal. His 1979 documentary, the epic Cambodia Year Zero is credited with alerting the world to the horrors of the Pol Pot regime.Year Zero is ranked by the BFI as among the ten most important documentaries of the 20th century. His Death of a Nation, about East Timor, had a similar impact in 1994. He has made 58 documentary films.