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Grierson British Documentary Awards: the winners

The Netflix documentary on controversial rapper Kanye West jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy landed two awards at the 50th Grierson British Documentary Awards.

The winners were spread between six broadcasters with the BBC taking five awards, Netflix won three, ITV and Channel 4 each took two and Apple TV+ and Disney+ picking up one apiece. The Best Student Documentary award went to a graduate from the University of Manchester.

There were also two special awards: legendary documentary-maker, the late Roger Graef OBE, was named BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award winner; and founder of industry support group We Are Doc Women, Clare Richards, won the Grierson Hero of the Year Award.

Lorraine Heggessey, Chair of The Grierson Trust said: “It’s extraordinary to think that the Griersons are now in their 50th year of recognising and rewarding the brilliance of documentaries and the talented people who bring them to our screens. There could be no better way of celebrating our golden anniversary than by showcasing the incredible story-telling and innovative craftmanship of this year’s winners.”

The ceremony also took time to recognise the work and achievements of the Grierson DocLab training and mentoring scheme which is now in its tenth year. What started as a new entry scheme for eight aspiring filmmakers in 2012, has now developed into three programmes helping to bring people from under-represented groups into the factual TV industry. Ten years on, over 150 people have graduated from DocLab and are now flourishing in roles across the industry.

The ceremony was also live broadcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOoFP7CAmk0

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