The winners have been announced at the annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, 6 November 2012 at the The Empire Leicester Square, London.

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Deluxe 142 Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – Domestic

  • My Child the Rioter

    My Child the Rioter
    Director:
    Olly Lambert
    Series Producer:
    Nick Mirsky
    Production company:
    BBC Productions
    First Shown:
    31 January 2012; BBC Two

    "Where were the parents?" asked David Cameron in the wake of last year's riots. Like many, he put the blame for the civil unrest squarely on the shoulders of the errant families of those involved. But this simple film takes viewers directly into the family homes of the rioters themselves to reveal much more complex and challenging stories.

  • Panorama: Undercover Care - The Abuse Exposed

    Panorama:  Undercover Care - The Abuse Exposed
    Director:
    Joe Plomin
    Producers:
    Matthew Chapman, Joe Plomin
    Executive Producers:
    Frank Simmonds, Tom Giles
    Writer:
    Paul Kenyon
    Production Company:
    BBC Productions
    First Shown:
    31 May 2011; BBC One

    On the top floor of a special hospital, locked away from their families and friends, a group of men and women are subjected to a regime of physical assaults, systematic brutality, and torture by the very people supposed to be caring for them. The victims are some of the most vulnerable in society - the learning disabled, the autistic, and the suicidal.

  • Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die

    Terry Pratchett:  Choosing to Die
    Director/producer:
    Charlie Russell
    Executive Producers:
    Sam Anthony, Craig Hunter
    Production company:
    Keo North
    First Shown:
    13 June 2011; BBC Two

    In a frank and personal documentary, author Sir Terry Pratchett considers how he might choose to end his life. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2008, Terry wants to know whether he might be able to end his life before his disease takes over. Travelling to the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland, Terry witnesses first hand the procedures set out for assisted death, and confronts the point at which he would have to take the lethal drug.

  • We Need to Talk About Dad

    We Need to Talk About Dad
    Director/producer:
    Elizabeth Stopford
    Executive Producer:
    Peter Dale
    Production company:
    Rare Day
    First Shown:
    21 November 2011; Channel 4

    The Johnson family appeared to have it all after two decades of happy marriage: professional success, a beautiful house in Kent, flaxen-haired children.... This is the story of an apparently normal family who get back together to confront terrible events from their past, which were witnessed by teenage son Henry.

Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – International

  • Baka - A Cry from the Rainforest

    Baka - A Cry from the Rainforest
    Director/producer:
    Phil Agland
    Production company:
    River Films
    First Shown:
    17 February 2012; BBC Two

    Phil Agland revisits the Baka Pygmy family he filmed 25 years ago in his BAFTA award-winning documentary Baka: People of the Rainforest. An extraordinary journey into the heart of the rainforest in Cameroon, where the past of the Baka revisits them through watching the old film projected in the forest - raising questions about their old life in the forest and what is happening to them now.

  • Children of the Tsunami

    Children of the Tsunami
    Director/producer:
    Dan Reed
    Executive Producers:
    Alex Cooke, Clare Paterson
    Production company:
    Renegade Pictures (UK) Ltd
    First Shown:
    1 March 2012; BBC Two

    On March 11th Japan was hit by the greatest tsunami in a thousand years. Through compelling testimony from 7-10 year-old survivors, the film reveals how the deadly wave and the Fukushima nuclear accident have changed children’s lives forever. Radiation and its possible long-term effects are a constant worry for parents and children who choose to remain in Fukushima. Many parents have placed severe restrictions on where their children can go, how they dress and what they can eat and drink.

  • Hell and Back Again

    Hell and Back Again
    Director:
    Danfung Dennis
    Producers:
    Mike Lerner, Martin Herring
    Executive Producers:
    Dan Cogan, Karol Martesko-Fenster, Maxyne Franklin, Gernot Schaffler, Thomas Brunner
    Production company:
    Roast Beef Productions
    First Shown:
    15 November 2011; More 4

    Danfung Dennis paints an uncommonly intimate picture of the reality for soldiers involved in the Afghan conflict, both on the battlefield and in the unsettling normalcy of home.

  • The Life and Loss of Karen Woo

    The Life and Loss of Karen Woo
    Director:
    Ursula Macfarlane
    Executive Producers:
    Liesel Evans, Brian Hill
    Production company:
    Century Films
    First Shown:
    22 May 2011; ITV1

    In August 2010, only two weeks before her wedding day, young British doctor Karen Woo was murdered in the worst attack on humanitarian workers in Afghanistan for over 30 years. Shortly after Karen’s murder, her fiancé Paddy returns to Kabul to retrace her steps. The Life And Loss Of Karen Woo combines Karen’s own footage with Paddy’s search to understand what happened to her.

The Open University Best Arts Documentary

  • The Camera That Changed the World

    The Camera That Changed the World
    Director:
    Mandy Chang
    Executive Producer:
    Chris Durlacher
    Production company:
    Lambent Productions
    First Shown:
    26 July 2011; BBC Four

    In the summer of 1960 the fly-on-the-wall documentary was born. This film tells the story of how the bloody-minded filmmakers and ingenious engineers led this revolution by building the first hand-held cameras that followed real life as it happened. By amazing co-incidence, there were two separate groups of them - one on each side of the Atlantic… in the USA and in France.

  • Jeremy Deller: Middle Class Hero - A Culture Show Special

    Jeremy Deller:  Middle Class Hero - A Culture Show Special
    Director:
    Jack Cocker
    Executive Producer:
    Janet Lee
    Series Producer:
    Pauline Law
    Production company:
    BBC Scotland
    First Shown:
    24 February 2012; BBC Two

    Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller is one of Britain’s most unconventional artists. He doesn’t draw, sculpt or paint and didn’t go to art school but his work has done more to push the boundaries of art than any other artist of his generation. Best known for his collaborative projects with striking miners, brass bands, and pop fans, The Culture Show follows this fascinating man as he revisits some of his major works to date.

  • Lucian Freud: Painted Life

    Lucian Freud:  Painted Life
    Director/producer:
    Randall Wright
    Production company:
    Blakeway Productions
    First Shown:
    8 February 2012; BBC Two

    Painted Life explores the life and work of Lucian Freud, undoubtedly one of Britain's greatest artists. Freud gave his full backing to the documentary shortly before his death. This documentary is both a definitive biography and a revelatory exploration of the creative process.

  • Rostropovich: The Genius of the Cello

    Rostropovich: The Genius of the Cello
    Director:
    John Bridcut
    Executive Producer:
    Philip Armstrong-Dampier
    Writer:
    John Bridcut
    Production company:
    ITN Productions
    First Shown:
    1 November 2011; BBC Four

    No one has done more for the cello than Mstislav Rostropovich, or ‘Slava’ as he was widely known. As well as being arguably the greatest cellist of the twentieth century, he expanded and enriched the cello repertoire by the sheer force of his artistry and his personality. Composers lined up to write works for him. In this film friends, family and former pupils explore the unique talents of this great Russian artist, and listen to and watch him making music. The film traces the development of Rostropovich’s international career amid the political tensions of the final years of the Soviet Union.

ITN Source Best Historical Documentary

  • Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story

    Double Agent:  The Eddie Chapman Story
    Director:
    Stephen Walker
    Producer:
    Sally George
    Executive Producers:
    Martin Davidson, Cassian Harrison
    Writers:
    Ben Macintyre, Stephen Walker
    Production company:
    Walker George Films
    First Shown:
    15 November 2011; BBC Two

    Ben Macintyre tells the true story of Britain – and Germany’s - most extraordinary spy, Eddie Chapman. A notorious ex-safebreaker, Chapman duped the Germans so successfully that he was awarded their highest decoration, the Iron Cross. Including newly-discovered footage from an interview Chapman gave three years before his death in 1993, Macintyre goes on the trail of one of Britain’s most unlikely heroes in this true-life ripping yarn - a story of adventure, love, intrigue and astonishing courage.

  • Fight to Save the World: Sergio

    Fight to Save the World:  Sergio
    Director:
    Greg Barker
    Producers:
    Nancy Abraham, Diana Barrett, John Battsek, Julie Goldman
    Executive Producers:
    Nick Fraser, Sheila Nevins, Christina Weiss Lurie
    Production company:
    Passion Pictures, Silverbridge
    First Shown:
    1 June 2011; BBC Four

    Charismatic, charming and complex, Sergio Vieira de Mello was the world's go-to guy, a man who could descend into the most dangerous places, charm the worst war criminals, and somehow protect the lives of the ordinary people to whom he'd devoted his life. Sergio tells the story of his most treacherous mission ever... a mission in which his own life hangs in the balance.

  • The Love of Books: A Sarajevo Story

    The Love of Books:  A Sarajevo Story
    Director:
    Sam Hobkinson
    Producer:
    Nicolas Kent
    Executive Producesr:
    Peter Webber, Nick Fraser
    Production company:
    Oxford Film and Television
    First Shown:
    20 February 2012; BBC Four

    War-torn Bosnia in 1992: the city of Sarajevo is besieged and burning. Great art treasures are lost in the flames. Only one library remains. Amid bullets and bombs, a group of book-lovers risk their lives to rescue 10,067 irreplaceable Islamic manuscripts. At stake is a nation’s history and identity....

  • World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel

    World War Two:  1941 and the Man of Steel
    Director:
    Russell Barnes
    Executive Producer:
    Simon Berthon
    Writer:
    David Reynolds
    Production company:
    Barnes Hassid Productions
    First Shown:
    13 June 2011; BBC Four

    Professor David Reynolds re-examines how Stalinist Russia was almost annihilated by the Germans in 1941 and how, despite coming close to nervous breakdown, Stalin hung on to lead an extraordinary fight-back. Reynolds' incisive and dramatic analysis, based on new Soviet and British documents, opens up an unfamiliar side of the Second World War and squares up to the terrible moral compromise Britain made in allying itself with a dictator almost as murderous as Hitler.

Vimeo Best Science Documentary

  • After Life: The Strange Science of Decay

    After Life:  The Strange Science of Decay
    Director/producer:
    Fred Hepburn
    Executive Producer:
    Marcus Herbert
    Production company:
    BBC Scotland
    First Shown:
    6 December 2011; BBC Four

    Decay is a fundamental force in nature. To reveal the science behind it, this programme tracks the forces of decay over two months, as they are let loose in a typical house and garden, set up in public view inside a giant glass box. Time-lapse cameras and specialist photography capture the extraordinary way in which moulds, microbes and insects break down our everyday things, and allow new life to emerge from old.

  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space Odyssey

    The Fabric of the Cosmos:  Space Odyssey
    Directors:
    Jonathan Sahula, Graham Judd, Sabin Streeter
    Executive Producers:
    Paula S Apsell, Joseph McMaster
    Series Producer:
    Jonathan Sahula
    Writers:
    Joseph McMaster, Graham Judd, Sabin Streeter
    Production company:
    A NOVA Production by 32-12Media in association with ARTE France and National Geographic Channel
    First Shown:
    11 March 2012; National Geographic

    Space. It separates you from me, one galaxy from the next, and atoms from one another; but to most of us, space is nothing. It turns out space is not what it seems. From the passenger seat of a cab driving near the speed of light, to a pool hall where billiard tables do fantastical things, Brian Greene reveals space as a dynamic fabric that can stretch, warp and ripple under the influence of gravity.

  • Frontline Medicine: Survival

    Frontline Medicine:  Survival
    Director/producer:
    Paul Overton
    Executive Producer:
    Jane Aldous
    Series Producer:
    Paul Overton
    Production company:
    BBC Scotland
    First Shown:
    20 November 2011; BBC Two

    Michael Mosley travels from the frontline of war to the frontline of research to look at medical breakthroughs emerging from current conflicts. At Camp Bastion in Afghanistan he sees first-hand how medics have achieved the highest survival rate in the history of warfare. And in the USA he discovers that innovative military medical projects could save lives both on and off the battlefield.

  • My Life as a Turkey

    My Life as a Turkey
    Director:
    David Allen
    Executive Producers:
    Fred Kaufman, Steve Greenwood, Andrew Ruhemann
    Writers:
    David Allen, Joe Hutto
    Production company:
    Passion Pictures
    First Shown:
    1 August 2011; BBC Two

    Joe Hutto’s decision to imprint and raise thirteen endangered wild turkeys was a unique experiment that turned into an incredible journey of enlightenment. Taking place deep in the Florida wilderness, Joe becomes a turkey mother, he does not see another human for well over a year. My Life as a Turkey explores one of those rare moments when man and animal unwittingly become linked closer than nature should allow.

Clockwork Capital Most Entertaining Documentary

  • The Bengali Detective

    The Bengali Detective
    Director:
    Phil Cox
    Producers:
    Giovanna Stopponi, Himesh Kar, Annie Sundberg
    Executive Producers:
    Angus Aynsley, Karol Martesko-Fenster, Gernot Schaffler, Thomas Brunner, Jon Thompson, Steve Leslie
    Production company:
    Native Voice Films in association with Almega Projects
    First Shown:
    8 September 2011; Cambridge Film Festival

    The secrets of Kolkata are revealed by overweight, dance obsessed, intrepid detective Rajesh Ji. Mixing dance and hit songs with the harsh lives of clients, this original feature documentary provides an unprecedented look at modern India through the prism of crime.

  • A Hasidic Guide to Love, Marriage and Finding a Bride

    A Hasidic Guide to Love, Marriage and Finding a Bride
    Director:
    Paddy Wivell
    Executive Producer:
    Nick Mirsky
    Production company:
    BBC Productions
    First Shown:
    18 May 2011; BBC Two

    Wonderland delves into the Hasidic Jewish community of Stamford Hill, north London, where the people live in a unique world divided between 21st-century urban life and 18th-century traditions. For the most part this community is reserved and publicity-shy, but filmmaker Paddy Wivell has spent three months with members of the community who have decided it is time to let the rest of the world inside their personal and religious lives.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder

    Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder
    Director:
    Christian Trumble
    Executive Producer:
    Tayte Simpson
    Production company:
    RDF Television
    First Shown:
    21 December 2011; Channel 4

    In a pretty English village in the Surrey stockbroker belt lives the infamous Mr Wallace whose hoarding habits have spread across a million pounds-worth of property that used to belong to his parents. Mr Wallace is arguably the UK's most extreme hoarder and his house has become a death trap. It is so packed that he has to crawl over mountains of papers and magazines simply to move from room to room; it takes 40 minutes to get to his front door from the chair he eats and sleeps in.

  • Rich Hall’s Continental Drifters

    Rich Hall’s Continental Drifters
    Director:
    Chris Cottam
    Producer:
    John McCormack
    Executive Producers:
    Addison Cresswell, Andrew Beint
    Writer:
    Rich Hall
    Production company:
    Open Mike Productions
    First Shown:
    16 November 2011; BBC Four

    Comedian Rich Hall hits the road as he takes us on his personal journey through the road movie. From the earliest days of American cinema, the road movie has been synonymous with American culture and through films such as Bonnie and Clyde, The Grapes of Wrath and Thelma and Louise, Rich explores with his customary wit and intelligence, what makes a road movie and how the American social, economic, political landscape has defined the genre.

ENVY Best Documentary Series

  • Educating Essex

    Educating Essex
    Director:
    David Clews
    Producer:
    Grace Reynolds
    Executive Producer:
    Andrew Mackenzie-Betty
    Series Producer:
    Beejal-Maya Patel
    Production company:
    Twofour
    First Shown:
    21 December 2011; Channel 4

    What is life really like for today's students and teachers? This series has unprecedented access to an English secondary school to follow a group of GCSE students, and the staff who teach them, as they face the most important year in their education. Passmores School in Harlow, Essex, is a successful school in a challenging area. Under head teacher Vic Goddard, it's been awarded Academy status and is rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. The school has been rigged with 65 fixed cameras - from the corridors to the canteen, and from the head teacher's office to the detention hall - to reveal every detail of daily life.

  • Frozen Planet

    Frozen Planet
    Directors:
    Vanessa Berlowitz, Chadden Hunter, Kathryn Jeffs
    Producer:
    Vanessa Berlowitz
    Executive Producer:
    Alastair Fothergill
    Series Producer:
    Vanessa Berlowitz
    Production company:
    BBC Natural History Unit
    First Shown:
    26 October 2011; BBC One

    Sir David Attenborough travels to the ends of the earth, taking viewers on an extraordinary journey across the polar regions of our planet, north and south. The Arctic and Antarctic are the greatest and least known wildernesses of all - magical ice worlds inhabited by the most bizarre and hardy creatures on earth.

  • Our War

    Our War
    Director/producers:
    Bruce Goodison, John Douglas, Stuart Bernard
    Executive Producer:
    Colin Barr
    Production company:
    BBC Productions
    First Shown:
    7 June 2011; BBC Three

    This documentary series explores the first ten years of the war in Afghanistan, through the words and pictures of British soldiers. Using raw and unmediated footage from the front line, it gives a highly visceral account of the loss of a comrade for young soldiers on their first tour; the emergence of IEDs and their devastating impact; and the struggle to work more closely with civilians and put their interests first.

  • Protecting Our Children

    Protecting Our Children
    Directors:
    Sacha Mirzoeff, Emma Burman
    Producers:
    Sacha Mirzoeff, Sasha Djurkovic
    Executive Producer:
    Julian Mercer
    Series Producer:
    Sacha Mirzoeff
    Production company:
    BBC Productions
    First Shown:
    2 January 2012; BBC Two

    A three-part observational series shot over the course of a year that covers the work of child protection social workers in Bristol. After scandals like Baby P many people have lost faith in social workers’ ability to help children who are in danger of suffering abuse. Each film follows individual stories with families over months to understand the complexities of the job.

DocHouse & The Bertha Foundation Best Cinema Documentary

  • Bobby Fischer Against the World

    Bobby Fischer Against the World
    Director:
    Liz Garbus
    Producers:
    Liz Garbus, Rory Kennedy, Stanley Buchthal, Matthew Justus
    Executive Producers:
    Dan Cogan, Nick Fraser, Maja Hoffmann, Martin Pieper, Sheila Nevin
    Production company:
    Moxie Firecracker Films
    First Shown:
    15 July 2011; General theatrical release

    In 1958, 14-year old Robert James Bobby Fischer stunned the chess world by becoming the youngest Grand Master in history. He taught himself to play chess at the age of six and started beating seasoned adult chess players at eight. His career highlight came in 1972 when he played the Russian Grand Master and reigning champion Boris Spassky - a series that was equally tied in with the Cold War as it was with chess. After his victory Bobby became the most famous person on the planet, and his already erratic behaviour began spiralling out of control, turning this genius into an unrecognisable recluse and pariah.

  • Dreams of a Life

    Dreams of a Life
    Director:
    Carol Morley
    Producers:
    Cairo Cannon, James Mitchell
    Executive Producers:
    Katherine Butler, Tabitha Jackson, Alan Maher, Paul McGowan, André Singer
    Production company:
    Cannon and Morley Productions, Soho Moon Pictures
    First Shown:
    16 December 2011; General theatrical release

    Nobody noticed when thirty-eight year old Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London. When her skeleton was discovered three years later, her heating and television were still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of Joyce’s life, not even a photograph. Dreams of a Life is Carol Morley’s quest to discover who Joyce was and how she came to be so forgotten.

  • Knuckle

    Knuckle
    Director:
    Ian Palmer
    Producer:
    Teddy Leifer
    Executive Producer:
    Nick Fraser
    Production company:
    Rise Films
    First Shown:
    5 March 2012; General theatrical release

    Storyville - Knuckle: Bare Fist Fighters takes us inside the secretive Traveller world – a world of long and bitter memories. Filmed over twelve years, the documentary chronicles a history of violent feuding between rival families. With remarkable access, the film documents the bare fist fights between the Quinn McDonaghs and the Joyce clans, who though cousins, have clashed for generations. Vivid, violent and funny, the film explores the need for revenge and the pressure to fight for the honour of your family name.

  • Project Nim

    Project Nim
    Director:
    James Marsh
    Producer:
    Simon Chinn
    Executive Producers:
    Jamie Laurenson, Nick Fraser, Hugo Grumbar, John Battsek, Andrew Ruhemann
    Production company:
    Red Box Films, Passion Pictures, BBC Films
    First Shown:
    12 August 2011; General theatrical release

    Project Nim focuses on a research project centered around a chimp named Nim Chimpsky that asked whether a primate raised in close contact with humans could develop a limited ‘language’ based on American Sign Language.

CTVC Best Newcomer Documentary

  • Barbaric Genius

    Barbaric Genius
    Director:
    Paul Duane
    Producers:
    Paul Duane, Mary Carson
    Executive Producer:
    Alan Maher
    Production company:
    Screenworks
    First Shown:
    14 October 2011; Chapter & Verse Festival, The Bluecoat, Liverpool

    This is the remarkable story of John Healy, a street mugger and wino who became a chess champion and award-winning author - a spectacular rise before a punishing fall.

  • Gypsy Blood

    Gypsy Blood
    Director:
    Leo Maguire
    Producer:
    Rob Wilkins
    Executive Producers:
    Russell Barnes, Molly Milton
    Production company:
    ClearStory
    First Shown:
    19 January 2012; Channel 4

    Filmed over two years by award-winning photographer Leo Maguire, Gypsy Blood is an intimate portrait of gypsy fathers and sons and their uneasy relationship with bare-knuckle fighting traditions. The film follows the story of two families, showing how they fight for respect and revealing the price they pay - the cycles of revenge that erupt into sudden and terrifying violence.

  • Panorama: The Truth about Adoption

    Panorama:  The Truth about Adoption
    Director/Producer:
    Clare Johns
    Executive Producer:
    Roger Graef
    Executive Producers:
    Roger Graef, Tom Giles
    Production company:
    Films of Record
    First Shown:
    14 December 2011; BBC One

    Adoption is now high on the political agenda as the best option for the 65,000 children in care. But, with less than 5% actually placed for adoption, children must wait an average two years and seven months for a permanent family. Why does it take so long? What is the human cost? This Panorama special follows six children in Coventry waiting to be adopted over six months.

  • The Sinking of the Concordia: Caught on Camera

    The Sinking of the Concordia:  Caught on Camera
    Director:
    Vanessa Colosi
    Executive Producers:
    Simon Dickson, Mark Roberts
    Production company:
    Dragonfly Film and Television Productions
    First Shown:
    11 April 2012; Channel 4

    Their video cameras should have captured a luxury holiday; instead, their footage tells the story of an unfolding tragedy. This film uses passengers’ self-shot video to reveal the full picture of what it was like to be on board.  From the pre-launch excitement, to the panic of the crash and relief of the rescue, this is how ordinary people reacted to an extraordinary disaster.

Sky Arts Best Student Documentary

  • The Betrayal

    The Betrayal
    Director/producer:
    Karen Winther
    Institution:
    National Film & Television School
    First Shown:
    29 February 2012; BFI Southbank, London

    In her teens Karen became a member of a left-wing activist group. Norwegian youth groups were at war and violent confrontations between anti-racists and the growing extreme right movement were frequent During this time, Karen made a choice that has haunted her ever since. This is the filmmaker’s personal journey to confront her past, and a story about both left and right wing extremism.

  • Kirkcaldy Man

    Kirkcaldy Man
    Director/producer:
    Julian Schwanitz
    Executive Producer:
    Emma Davie
    Institution:
    Edinburgh College of Art
    First Shown:
    11 February 2012; Glasgow International Short Film Festival

    Who is Jocky Wilson? Once the world's best darts player, now a fallen hero. In search of his myth, we follow the forces that shaped his Scottish hometown Kirkcaldy and its inhabitants as we discover lost memories of the man who once inspired the nation.

  • The Men in White Coats

    The Men in White Coats
    Director/producer:
    Rob Harper
    Institution:
    National Film & Television School
    First Shown:
    29 February 2012; BFI Southbank, London

    Forty years ago they told Denis he was schizophrenic, but he doesn’t believe a word of it and his psychiatric nurse Paul isn’t interested in labels either. Jake’s been stuck on the acute ward for months and Rory’s doing his best to get him out. It’s an increasingly fine line between wisdom and insanity for all involved, struggling to keep it together on the picturesque West Coast of Ireland.

  • Mostar

    Mostar
    Director/producers:
    Sebastian Feehan, Josh Bamford
    Institution:
    Newport Film School
    First Shown:
    20 May 2011; Graduation Screening, Newport Film School

    The most fought over city in the Bosnian war, Mostar remains home to Nedzad Kasumovic. He was a shopkeeper with a young family when the conflict began; twenty years on he looks back on the war that was fought on his doorstep.

Coutts Grierson Trustees’ Award

  • Kevin Macdonald

    Kevin Macdonald was born in Glasgow in 1967. He started making television documentaries in 1993 for STV. His TV documentaries included profiles of the documentarians Humphrey Jennings and Errol Morris. His first theatrical documentary, One Day in September, won the Oscar in 2000. Subsequent features documentaries include Touching the Void (BAFTA for best British film 2004), My Enemy’s Enemy (2006), Life in a Day (2010) and Marley (2012). He was also Executive Producer of Britain in a Day (2012) and Senna (2011).

    Kevin has also made a number of award winning feature films including The Last King of Scotland (2006), State of Play (2009) and the forthcoming How I Live Now. His publications include Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary, which he co-edited with Mark Cousins, and the award-winning biography Emeric Pressburger: The Life and Death of a Screenwriter.

    Kevin is married with three children and lives in London.