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Three IFB Funded Documentaries have been Shortlisted For the Prestigious Grierson Awards

1st Aug 2012
The Irish documentaries BARBARIC GENIUS, DREAMS OF A LIFE and KNUCKLE have all made the shortlist for the 4th Grierson Awards for Documentary Films.

Barbaric Genius directed by Paul Duane is one of eight films to be shortlisted for the Best Newcomer category while Ian Palmer's Knuckle and Carol Morley's Dreams of a Life are both up for the Best Cinema Documentary award.

Barbaric Genius tells the story of London-Irish ex-wino John Healy's journey from alcoholism and homelessness to the world of literary fame and fortune, and untangles the story of his sudden disappearance and the mysteries that grew up around it.  The critically acclaimed film which was released in UK and Irish cinemas earlier this summer was produced by Duane and Mary Carson for Screenworks with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board (IFB) and RTÉ.

Ian Palmer's Knuckle, a documentary about the travelling community which takes audiences inside their brutal, secretive and exhilarating bare-knuckle fighting tradition, was released in cinemas last year. It had its world premiere at Sundance in 2011 where it was picked up by HBO for remake rights.  Produced by Teddy Leifer for Rise Films and Ian Palmer for Seafield, it was financed by the IFB and BBC Storyville.

Dreams of a Life directed by Carol Morley tells the harrowing true story of 38 year-old Joyce Vincent, whose skeleton was found in her London flat having died there three years previously.  It was released in Irish and UK cinemas earlier this year and has had much festival success having been selected for BFI London Film Festival, SXSW, Hot Docs and Karlovy Vary to name a few.   Produced by James Mitchell, Cairo Cannon and Rachel Lysaght for Soho Moon Pictures and Camp, the film received funding from IFB, Film4, BFI and Shoot for the Moon.

The eight titles in each category of the Grierson Awards will be whittled down to four nominees on September 25th with the awards ceremony taking place in The Empire in London's Leicester Square on 6th November.

The Grierson Awards commemorate the work of pioneering Scottish film maker John Grierson (1898 - 1972), famous for making ‘Drifters'. Established in 1972, they celebrate documentaries that have made a significant contribution to the form. The list of past winners includes Penny Woolcock, Norma Percy, Molly Dineen, Nick Broomfield, Paul Watson, Angus Macqueen and Pawel Pawlikowski.
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