2nd November 2011, 9:31am
Lincoln professor honours acclaimed film-maker at national awards
John Pilger on a visit to the Lincoln School of Journalism The Head of the University of Lincoln's School of Journalism was invited to give the citation as Britain's top award for documentary film-making was presented this week.

Professor John Tulloch was asked to outline the achievements of John Pilger as the renowned journalist and writer received the Honda Grierson Trustees' Award for his lifetime achievement as a documentary film-maker.

The Grierson Awards widely regarded as the Oscars of documentary making - commemorate the pioneering film-maker John Grierson (1898-1972).

The annual awards 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'.

The Trustees' Award recognises an outstanding contribution to the art or craft of the documentary. The recipient of this award is chosen solely by the Grierson Trust at its discretion.

Professor Tulloch delivered the citation for Mr Pilger's award at a ceremony in London's National Film Theatre on Tuesday 1st November. The event was televised by SkyArts.

Professor Tulloch said: "John has been an inspiration and constant support for us since the founding of the Lincoln School of Journalism. In his passion and lifelong commitment to expose injustice and abuse of power and to take the side of the oppressed he serves as a model to us all. It was no easy task writing a citation for a writer, teacher and film-maker as gifted as John but I was very proud to be invited to do it."

John Pilger opened the Lincoln School of Journalism in 2004 and was given an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Lincoln in 2008. Most of his 58 documentaries, a huge selection of his print journalism and material about his numerous books is available on the website johnpilger.com, which is supported by the Lincoln School of Journalism. The School is also building a comprehensive digital archive of all of Mr Pilger's work.

For more information on The Grierson Awards, see: www.griersontrust.org
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