Cancer documentary filmed at UCLH wins Best Science Documentary at Grierson Awards 

03/11/2015 00:00 
The UCLH documentary Curing Cancer, filmed over 12 months at the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in 2013, has won Best Science Documentary at the prestigious Grierson Awards.
 

The Grierson Trust organises the annual British Documentary Awards and commemorates the pioneering Scottish documentary maker John Grierson.

Curing Cancer is a one-hour documentary, directed by Brian Woods for Truevision and managed by the UCLH in-house communications team. It followed four patients involved in clinical trials of advanced new treatments and diagnostic procedures, and the doctors at UCLH who are leading the way.

It was broadcast in October 2014 as part of Cutting Edge, Channel 4's flagship documentary series, and was seen by a million people on the night it was first aired.

Brian Woods said: "It was a huge team effort making this film, not only the production team and the patients, but all the many UCLH staff who took part. I hope that everyone we came into contact with while making this film is just as proud as I am of this achievement."

The judges said: The film "opened and closed door with great integrity and sensitivity.
It was moving and revealing in its probing of circumstances which are all too likely to befall many of us and this alone made the film essential compelling viewing."

In accepting the award at a star-studded event in London yesterday, Brian Woods dedicated it to his wife Deborah Shipley who has been living with metastatic cancer for 15 years. He praised "the incredible research by the doctors and scientists in Curing Cancer, working on finding new ways of treating this horrible disease" and "the amazing work being done at UCLH and other hospitals".

"We set out to make an uplifting documentary about cancer, and in the beginning we were met with raised eyebrows, but we wanted to show that a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence and that there are several people working very hard to make living with cancer easier and more bearable for patients.

"The success of this documentary is all down to the selfless efforts of all the staff and patients at UCLH as well as staff at UCL who allowed us into their working and personal lives day in, day out over nine months in 2013. I hope they are as proud of the result as I am," said Sharon Spiteri, media and GP communications lead.

More information about the documentary and our cancer clinical trials unit is available here.

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