The Grierson Trust is a registered charity that exists to promote documentary filmmaking and to celebrate the work of John Grierson. Its forerunner, the Grierson Memorial Trust, was founded in 1974. The Grierson Trust was established in 1972 and commemorates the pioneering Scottish documentary maker John Grierson (1898 – 1972), famous for Drifters and Night Mail and the man widely regarded as the father of documentary.
Our long-term partnership with The Grierson Trust enables us to bring a complete range of award-winning UK documentaries to audiences around the world. Each year, The Grierson Trust recognises the best documentary filmmaking from Britain and abroad through their prestigious British Documentary Awards, and we are given unprecedented access to the best of the nominees each year.
Currently we have 104 films available for you to consider screening as part of this touring package, including a selection from the latest Grierson Awards in 2015. To help you navigate through this wide selection of films on offer we have curated the films into five categories:
- Contemporary International
- Contemporary UK
- Griersons: Best of Programme
List of Griersons: Best of Programme
The debut feature from artist and director Clio Barnard, The Arbor is a captivating and revelatory piece of cinema which has garnered many awards. The powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar (The Arbor, Rita, Sue and Bob Too) and her troubled relationship with her daughter Lorraine.
The secrets of Kolkata is revealed by overweight, dance-obsessed, intrepid detective Rajesh Ji. Mixing dance and hit songs with the harsh lives of clients, this originally styled feature documentary provides an entertaining yet poignant look at modern India through the prism of crime.
Dreams of a Life is an imaginative and multilayered quest to go beyond the newspaper reports and solve the mystery of who thirty-eight-year-old Joyce Vincent was and why she lay undiscovered for three years after her death in one of the busiest parts of London.
Charting the glorious supremacy of the West Indies cricket team throughout the late 70s and 80s, this film describes how the bat and ball were more effective than gunfire in the battle against racial injustice and the struggle for black rights. It is told by the men who were there - such as Viv Richards, Michael Holding, Clive Lloyd.
A musician is discovered In a Detroit bar in the late 60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They record an album which they believe is going to secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombs and the singer disappear into obscurity amid rumours of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording finds its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it becomes a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Sixto Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the power of music.
When Salma, a young girl in South India, reached puberty, her parents locked her away. Millions of girls all over the world share the same fate. Twenty-five years later, Salma has fought her way back to the outside world to become the most famous female poet in South India. WMM.COM
Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in?
For the full list of Grierson Documentaries please download here.