Posted on 5 November 2010
David Hickman, a senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, has just won a prestigious Grierson Trust award for Best Science Documentary, for his Channel 4 film Race and Intelligence: Science’s Last Taboo.
He received his award on Tuesday November 2nd, at a star studded ceremony held at the British Film Institute, and hosted by TV presenter and documentary maker Sandi Toksvig. He's pictured in the middle above, with presenter Rageh Omaar, and executive producer David Dugan.
David, who has previously won two Emmys for his work, said: “This was the most difficult film I've ever made, so it's wonderful that it's been recognised by the Grierson Trust - but especially so because the award has highlighted the courage and tenacity of presenter Rageh Omaar, and the inspirational determination of David Glover, who commissioned it at at Channel Four and David Dugan, the executive producer at Windfall Films.”
The judges commented on the ambition of the film, in dealing with a difficult issue in a way that felt fresh, timely and brave. Special praise went to presenter Rageh Omaar “whose courage to take on the issues in the moment” was greatly admired, said jury Chair, Mandy Chang.In the film, which was produced, directed and shot by David Hickman, Omaar meets scientists who believe that some races are genetically less intelligent, as well as those who vehemently oppose this view. By daring to ask the difficult questions, he explodes the myths about race and IQ and reveals important lessons for society.
Summing up the event, Dawn Airey, Chairman of The Grierson Trust said: “The Griersons are the most prestigious awards in the documentary world and a time to take stock and champion the huge creative success that is the UK documentary industry.
“Our winners prove that documentary making is in excellent health with films of astonishing versatility and diversity which take viewers into unknown and unchartered territory. Our filmmakers remain tough, tenacious and courageous, unafraid to tackle difficult subjects and I congratulate all of them!”
A recording of the awards ceremony will be transmitted this Saturday (November 6th) on Current TV; and repeated on Sunday 7th November (Sky Channel 183 and Virgin Media Channel 155).
The Grierson Trust 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 the documentary.
Each year, The Grierson Trust recognises the best documentary filmmaking from Britain and abroad through the British Documentary Awards. The Trust encourages new filmmakers through its Education and Mentoring schemes.