”Celebrating 40 Years” is the title of the 3 mins. montage done by Peter Symes and Mandy Chang. A montage because of the 40 years since the death of John Grierson, the father of documentary, and the setting up of a series of awards in his name.

Go to the link below and check how many of the films you can recognise. Peter Symes asked me to do so, and I regret to say that it was only a handful. At the second and third view more came to my mind.

Anyway, what The Grierson Trust has been doing over the years is precisely a fine, non-commercial celebration of the documentary and if you look at the films awarded this year, you will find ”Hell and Back Again” (photo) by Dennis Danfung, Phil Cox ”The Bengali Detective” and Liz Garbus ”Bobby Fischer Against the World”. Kevin Macdonald (among others ”One Day in September”) received the Grierson Trustees’ Award, which before has been given to Michael Apted (SevenUp-series), Molly Dineen, BBC’s Nick Fraser, Paul Watson (”Rain in My Heart”), Penny Woolcock and John Pilger, to mention the names I know.

Back to the montage, listen to the voice under the images of ”Night Mail”, the voice of John Grierson. And click on the photos to see clips of winning films of this year – or the years before. Pure joy! Film history!


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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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