The Radharc Awards for 2016 were presented at a lunch in the Talbot Stillorgan Hotel on Thursday 20th October 2016.
The Guest of Honour was Ms. Olivia O’Leary.
The Radharc Award for Televised Documentaries
The winner of the Radharc Awards Trophy for 2016 was the documentary “Torthaí na Daoirse” (“ Lockout”). Ferndale Films. Producer Noel Pearson.
The story of the Dunnes Store ant-apartheid strike of 1984 when a small number of checkout staff displayed extraordinary courage in refusing to handle items imported from South Africa and were suspended from work. The ensuing strike lasted nearly 3 years and changed the face of the anti-apartheid movement around the world.
Highly Commended Certificate
“These Walls Can Talk”
Mind the Gap Films. Producer Anne Heffernan
The story of the 150 years of St. Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys in Cabra and the good and the bad experiences of its inmates.
“The Story of Yes.”
Invisible Thread Ltd. Producers Anna Rodgers and Zlata Filipovic.
The story of the referendum in May 2015 when Ireland voted in favour of same sex marriage. This documentary tells the story through the eyes of those to whom it mattered most – the LGBT communities and their families.
The winner of the Radharc Trophy for New Media was the documentary “Displaced.” Swansong Films. Producer Eric Dolan. Director Niamh Heery.
Produced by Eric Dolan and directed by Niamh Heeery of Swansong Films, this film is about people such as refugees, emigrants, farmers and travellers who have lost their place in life and who try to reconnect with what they have lost.
The Best Newcomer Award
“I Am Immigrant”
Motive TV Ltd. Producers Jamie D’Alton and Anne Mc Loughlin. Director Luke McManus.
This documentary presents us with a challenging portrayal of stereotypes and forces us to reconsider our understanding of a very relevant issue. We may not be the very tolerant people that we often think we are.
The Best Historical Documentary
“Mary McAleese and The Man Who Saved Europe“
Clean Slate Television Ltd. Producers Declan McGrath and David Kilpatrick. Director David Kilpatrick.
An historical documentary that successfully links the work of a brave young man fifteen hundred years ago with a similar situation under threat in the world today, the Radharc Certificate of Excellence for the best historical documentary goes to the imaginatively presented documentary.
The Radharc Award for New Media Documentaries
The Radharc Trophy for New Media was awarded to the documentary “Displaced”. Swansong Films. Producer Eric Dolan. Director Niamh Heery.
This film is about people such as refugees, emigrants, farmers and travellers who have lost their place in life and how they try to reconnect ageing with what they once knew.
Highly Commended Certificate.
“In My Own Words”
St. Columkille School, Dublin. Producer Andrew Bates. Director Andrew Bates.
This is a documentary about a teenage boy, Karl Reddy, who overcomes personal speech and language difficulties that could have prevented him from developing his personality and sense of personal worth.