Documentary duo reach final stages of UK competition

A FILM about a group of Hungarian women who poison their husbands is one of two from Scotland to have been nominated for the UK’s most prestigious documentary film awards.

The two films, made with the help of the Scottish Documentary Institute in Edinburgh, will compete in the Best Newcomer Documentary category of the Grierson Awards, which were set up 34 years ago to commemorate the pioneering Scottish documentary make John Grierson, famous for the films, ‘Drifters’ and ‘Night Mail’.

Both films are the work of former Edinburgh College of Art graduates.

The Angelmakers by Astrid Bussink, which premieres at this month’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, tells the story of the Hungarian women. Meanwhile, The Rest is Silence, directed by Andrew Henderson, was commissioned by the Scottish Documentary Institute as part of their

Bridging the Gap programme which aims to encourage and train new talent in documentary filmmaking.
Speaking to Spike, newcomer nominee, Astrid Bussink, said: “Needless to say, I was delighted to hear about the selection for the Grierson Award. It’s amazing to know that the hard work done by so many people has not been in vain. Especially it being my first film, it’s a real boost to continue making films, and hopefully some more nice ones.”

Added Sonja Henrici, co-ordinator at the Scottish Documentary Institute: “We are absolutely delighted as we’ve never been nominated for this before and now we have two films, so hopefully we’ll win something.

“We’ve been working very hard for the past two years to get films made, promoted and distributed, so it’s fantastic to be recognised by the Grierson Institute.”

The award ceremony will take place on November 17 and will be shown on BBC Four.