A short documentary about the Grenfell Tower fire made by Open University lecturer Dr David Scott has been shortlisted for a national film award.
His film, titled Grenfell Tower and Social Murder, has been nominated for the Best Research Film of the Year category in the 2018 Research in Film Awards. The awards, which are organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, are aimed primarily at the research community and promote short films that capture the importance of the arts.
Dr Scott, who lectures in Criminology, said: “The film draws upon the powerful testimonies of survivors and families of the bereaved of the fire, and to be nominated for this prestigious award is a great honour.
“The film is dedicated to the continued struggle for truth, justice and recognition for all those who lost their lives and hopefully the film can provide an important educational tool to help ensure that there is no future repeat of the horrible events of 14 June 2017.”
The panel of judges, which includes the Director of the V&A Research Institute Joanna Norman and Head of News & Current Affairs at Channel 4 Dorothy Byrne, drew up shortlists from almost 150 submissions. The winner of each category will receive £2,000 towards their filmmaking.
Mike Collins, Head of Communications at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, said: “The standard of filmmaking in this year’s Research in Film Awards has been exceptionally high and the range of themes covered span the whole breadth of arts and humanities subjects.”
The awards will be presented at a ceremony at 195 Piccadilly, the home of BAFTA, on 8 November.