Films in Documentary Competition

The Grierson Award recognises films with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance.

Documentary Competition supported by

The Grierson Trust


  • Cold Case Hammarskjöld

    Dir-Scr Mads Brügger | Denmark-Norway-Sweden-Belgium

    This wild, stranger-than-fiction documentary depicts the most disturbing true-crime investigation you’re likely to have seen in recent years.

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  • Coup 53

    Dir Taghi Amirani | UK-Iran-USA

    Award-winning director Taghi Amirani’s decade-long investigation into the 1953 CIA/MI6-led coup that overthrew Iran’s democratic Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh is a captivating tour-de-force.

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  • Cunningham

    Dir Alla Kovgan | Germany-France-USA

    This eye-popping 3D portrait of great American choreographer Merce Cunningham celebrates the centenary of his birth.

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  • I Am (Not) a Monster

    Dir Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian | UK

    In this thought-provoking and playful documentary, ebullient director Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian (Disaster Playground) takes you on a journey to find the origins of knowledge.

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  • The Kingmaker

    Dir Lauren Greenfield | USA

    The matriarch of the Marcos dynasty hopes to see her maternal delusions validated and political power restored, while Philippine activists fight for transparency and democracy.

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  • Mystify: Michael Hutchence

    Dir-Scr Richard Lowenstein | Australia

    Capturing his rise to super-stardom and subsequent tragic fall, Mystify gives remarkable insight into INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence and a truth he took to the grave.

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  • Overseas

    Dir-Scr Sung-A Yoon | Belgium-France

    Each year, hundreds of thousands of Filipino women train to become domestic workers abroad. This quietly gripping and often startling documentary shows us how.

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  • A Pleasure, Comrades!

    Dir-Scr José Filipe Costa | Portugal

    The lingering illiteracy, patriarchal power relations and sexual taboos of post-dictatorship Portugal are laid bare in this humorous and sex-positive docudrama with a feminist soul.

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  • White Riot

    Dir Rubika Shah | UK

    Revolution rock! Rubika Shah’s vital documentary profiles punky reggae protest movement Rock Against Racism, from grassroots beginnings through to a major multicultural event.

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