Screen School graduates shortlisted for national documentary prize

14 August 2012

Liverpool Screen School graduates, George Ellis, Lucas Barr and Matt Hyland have been shortlisted for a prestigious Grierson British Documentary Award, for their original documentary, 'Missing Piece' which tackles the subject of the little-known illness, Encephalitis.

The trio, who graduated with first-class honours degrees in Media Professional Studies this year, are competing in the 'Best Student Documentary' category, sponsored by Sky Arts.

The Grierson Awards are known as the 'Oscars' of documentary filmmaking and the student category is without doubt the premier national award for student documentary filmmaking.

If Missing Piece makes the final cut of four finalists, they will attend the glittering awards ceremony which will take place at The Empire, Leicester Square on the 6 November. The awards will also be shown live on Sky Arts.

Commenting on the film, Matt Hyland said;

"Missing Piece' tackles an issue of immense importance to sufferers and families, including my own, of an illness sometimes otherwise unknown, Encephalitis.

"For the film to be reaching a larger audience and receiving industry recognition is a huge achievement. The subject matter was one that had to be approached with the utmost maturity and respect in order to succeed. I was lucky enough to work alongside Lucas and George, both very talented filmmakers, in addition to being supervised and motivated by our course leader, Trevor Long, throughout the duration of the production.

We were also fortunate to have been assisted by Professor Tom Solomon of the University of Liverpool, a specialist in the area, who helped us make the contacts seen within the documentary and throughout its production offered support and his vast knowledge on this devastating illness." 

The documentary can be viewed here and is currently in circulation to other festivals, in addition to being used by the charity, The Encephalitis Society for education and raising awareness.

The Grierson Awards commemorate the pioneering Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson (1898 – 1972), the man widely regarded as the father of the documentary.

For more information on the Grierson Awards, visit

Page last modified by Corporate Communications on 14 August 2012.
LJMU Logo banner imageLJMU Logo banner image (print)