Grierson Awards 2015


20,000 Days on Earth has won the Best Arts Documentary category at the Grierson Trust 2015 British Documentary Awards.

The Grierson Awards commemorate the pioneering Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson (1898 – 1972), famous for Drifters and Night Mail and the man widely regarded as the father of the documentary.

Established in 1972, the Grierson Awards recognise and celebrate documentaries from Britain and abroad that have made a significant contribution to the genre and that demonstrate quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence.

The award was presented by Miranda Sawyer, at the Mermaid Theatre. Chair of the jury, Alex Cooke praised the winning film for the: “sheer originality and imaginative approach that the winner applied to a familiar genre. It was not only a captivating look at the creative process, at performance and the nature of transcendence, but also a deftly crafted and highly inspiring intimate portrait of an artist.”

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