Wednesday 20 September 2017

Documentary award for John Pilger

John Pilger will be honoured for his documentary filmmaking
John Pilger will be honoured for his documentary filmmaking

Pioneering film-maker John Pilger is to be honoured for his achievements with one of the highest accolades in the British documentary world.

Pilger is well known for his hard-hitting and controversial documentaries of the 1970s but continues to make films.

The Australian-born journalist - who made his name when he moved to the UK in the 1960s - is to be rewarded for his outstanding contribution at the annual awards of the Grierson Trust next month.

Among his best-known films are the Vietnam documentary The Quiet Mutiny, exposing the rebellion within the US army at the time of the Vietnam war, and Cambodia Year Zero, credited with exposing the horrors of the Pol Pot regime.

Pilger, who has made 58 films, has previously been awarded a TV Bafta for his work and has twice been named journalist of the year.

Dawn Airey, who chairs the Grierson Trust, said: "He is one of the world's great documentary producers. His work has uncovered atrocity, probed the underbelly of society, sparked controversy and challenged the heart of democracy."

Pilger, 72, will be handed the Honda Grierson Trustees' Award at the Trust's ceremony on November 1. The awards were established in 1972 to celebrate documentary makers.

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