Grierson 2022: The British Documentary Awards

The shortlist has now been revealed. Nominations will be announced on 21st  September and we are excited to see lots of familiar projects in the shortlist!

The Missing Children, True Vision & Nevision  for ITV has been shortlisted in both the Televisual Best Current Affairs Documentary and the Best History Documentary category. Congratulations to Ella Newton who edited this feature length documentary about the scandal of Ireland’s Missing Children the  Tuam mother and baby home. Following relatives, survivors and adoptees to uncover the truth about what happened behind the closed doors of Ireland’s most notorious mother and baby home.

Gazza, Episode 1- Haviland Digital, Mark Stewart Productions, Western Edge Pictures & BBC is shortlisted in the Red Bull Studios Best Sports Documentary category. Graham Taylor said on cutting this documentary about the iconic footballer Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne. “ Taking on the life of an icon is always tough, and people will bring their own expectations to the story. But in the end you have to chose what story you want to tell, and what the life of your subject tells you about the world we live in. The resulting film is bold and subversive, yet warm and nostalgic, asks more questions than it answers and was a dream project for a documentary film editor.” Gazza is also shortlisted in the Netflix Best Documentary Series category. Gazza is currently available on iPlayer.

The Channel 4 Best Constructed Documentary Series see’s three familiar projects:

Celebrity Hunted, Shine TV  for Channel 4. Editors Simon Holmes and Steve Flatt worked on this entertaining series with edit support by Will Adams and Matthew Henley.

Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star,  Wall to Wall Media for BBC. Tom Savage enjoyed editing one of the episodes from this glossy series seeing amazing transformations and stunning creations from aspiring artists competing to become Britain’s next make-up star.

Idris Elba’s Fight School- Workerbee & Green Door  for BBC. Abraham Teweldebrhan and Steven Struthers worked on this documentary series where Idris Elba, former kickboxer himself, will provide seven disadvantaged young people from across the UK with lessons in discipline, focus and determination by putting them through an experimental boxing school, in an attempt to give them the tools to change their fortunes.

Blair and Brown- The New Labour Revolution BBC Studios for BBC2 is nominated in the Netflix Best Documentary Series.   From the ashes of the 1983 election, two new MPs Tony Blair and Gordon Brown dare to dream of making Labour electable again. The series charts the rise and fall of New Labour, featuring interviews with Blair, Brown, Campbell, Mandelson and their close aides. Jen Hampson edited episode 1 of this archive documentary series.

Joe Lycett vs. the Oil Giant, Rumpus Media for Channel 4. Creda Wilson edited this single documentary where Joe Lycett takes on Shell, as he investigates whether the oil giant is as eco-friendly as its advertising makes it out to be. Available to watch on All4.

Congratulations to everyone involved on these projects!

The shortlisted docs will now go to the Grierson Trust panel of judges to decide on the four nominees and winners in each category. The nominees will be announced on 21 September. The Grierson Awards ceremony will take place on the evening of 10 November 2022 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London.  Good Luck everyone!