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Irish Documentary Feature ‘Here Was Cuba’ Shortlisted for Prestigious Grierson Award
11 Aug 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
Following IFTN’s report that Neasa Ní Chianáin's new feature documentary, ‘The Stranger’, has been selected for the Semaine de la Critique competition at the Locarno Film Festival, it has since been confirmed that another Irish documentary feature ‘Here Was Cuba’, has been shortlisted for a Grierson Award, one of the UK’s most prestigious documentary prizes.

‘Here Was Cuba’ looks at the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. Over those 13 days, the fate of the world lay in the hands of a few men charged with averting a nuclear holocaust. The inside story of how John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro averted disaster is just as relevant today, particularly amongst a generation too young to remember the crisis.

The feature documentary was directed by John Murray and Emer Reynolds, with Reynolds as editor and Kate McCullough as DOP. The Crossing the Lines Films production was nominated for three awards at this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards, including for the George Morrison Feature Documentary award, and took home the Best Editing prize.

‘Here Was Cuba’ was shortlisted for a Grierson Documentary award in the Best Historical Documentary category. Previous winners in this category include ‘Fire in Babylon’, ‘Requiem for Detroit’ and ‘Thriller in Manilla’.

Established in 1972, the Grierson Awards recognise and celebrate documentaries from Britain and abroad that have made a significant contribution to the genre and that demonstrate quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence.

Nominations for the Grierson Awards will be announced on September 16th ahead of the award ceremony on November 3rd.

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