2 Grierson Awards for Rogan Productions

"2 Grierson Awards for Rogan Productions"

Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation won 2 Grierson awards last night – Best Documentary Series and Best Historical Documentary. When I joined Rogan Productions in March, they were finishing the films off ahead of an April air date. Suffice it to say, the three films were tough to watch but sensitively and  intelligently crafted. The films made an instant impact – within days, one of the suspects was arrested and it was announced that 2019 would see the inaugural Stephen Lawrence day. Clearly, the police and the country as a whole have deep seated issues with racism which won’t be overcome simply or swiftly. But films like this, screened by our public service broadcaster are a contribution to better understanding and hopefully our growth as a nation. Recognition with awards like Grierson are an important way to keep the series, and therefore the conversation, in the spotlight. James, the director, put so much into these films and on a personal level it’s nice to see his work recognised. It’s also pretty crazy to see the award in the office. A motivation to work on something special, for sure.

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