The 2019 Grierson Shortlist Has Been Announced

The Grierson Awards are the most prestigious documentary event in the UK calendar, recognising and celebrating exceptional contribution to the  genre in the UK and across the world. The shortlisted films all demonstrate, originality, quality, integrity, creativity and overall excellence in filmmaking and storytelling.

We are very pleased to congratulate all of the people involved in producing the films shortlisted for this year’s Grierson Awards. See the full shortlist here. Extending particular felicitations to our clients and some of the talented people we represent who have contributed to this year’s films.

Rohan Thomas – Editor
The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On
Best Historical Documentary
Vice Studios for BBC Two

Mobeen Azhar examines the lasting effects of Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses.

Katherine Lee – Editor
Surgeons: At the Edge of Lie 
Best Science Documentary
Dragonfly Film and Television for BBC Two

Cameras follow surgeons, anaesthetists, theatre staff and patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham’s surgical unit, where surgeons push medical boundaries to the limit.

Denis McWilliams – Editor of Final Episode
Race Across the World 
Constructed Series
Studio Lambert for BBC Two

5 pairs of travellers race from London to the Far East without taking a single flight, a budget and with no smartphone in sight.

Laura Hewett – Colourist
Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us 
Arts or Music category
AFL Films for BBC Two

A unique portrait of how art and activism for black people in film are indivisible from race and cinema.

Laura Hewett – Colourist
Nature’s Turtle Nursery: Inside The Nest 
Natural History category
Renegade Pictures (UK) for BBC Four

Nature documentary featuring the extraordinary natural history event of an arribada – the mass nesting phenomenon of olive ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica.


There are a few shortlisted documentaries that we enjoyed at the Sheffield DocFest, 2018 and wanted to make a special mention of…

Gun No. 6
Best Single Documentary – Domestic
The Garden Productions for BBC Two

Docudrama following the story of Britain’s deadliest illegal gun, charting every shooting of Gun No 6 and exposing the realities of modern gun crime.

Best Single Documentary – Domestic
Minnow Films for BBC One

First-hand accounts by survivors and eyewitnesses paint a vivid picture of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

Three Identical Strangers
Best Entertaining Documentary and Best Cinema Documentary
Raw for General theatrical release

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they’re triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

A Northern Soul
Best Single Documentary – Domestic
10ft Films for General theatrical release

A documentary following a resident of Hull as he attempts to make a positive impact on his community by travelling with a hip-hop tour bus.