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September 23, 2020

Fischer documentary wins award

A film about troubled US chess genius Bobby Fischer has been named best cinema documentary at the Grierson Trust’s British Documentary Awards. “Bobby Fischer Against the World” looked at the rise and fall of the chess grandmaster and his death in 2008. A BBC film about author Terry Pratchett considering assisted suicide won best contemporary UK documentary, BBC reports. The prize for best series went to BBC Two’s Envy, which followed child protection social workers in Bristol. The awards, dedicated to Scottish director John Grierson, celebrated their 40th anniversary at a ceremony in London hosted by artist Grayson Perry. Entries needed to have had their first UK screening between 1 May 2011 to 30 April 2012 in order to be eligible. “Bobby Fischer Against the World” kept viewers “completely hooked from beginning to end”, according to judging panel chairman Chris Harris. Other winners included a BBC Culture Show Special on artist Jeremy Deller, which was named best arts documentary.

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