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Superkids get new award nomination

Published Friday, 20 September 2019

An inspiring documentary featuring a number of Coventry’s looked after children has been nominated for a prestigious award.

Lemm Sissay

Superkids: Breaking Away from Care has been shortlisted for the Grierson Awards in the Best Arts or Music Documentary category.

Established in 1972, the Griersons are the biggest event in the UK documentary calendar. The 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.

‘Superkids – Breaking Away from Care’, began when Expectation Factual approached the Council with an innovative idea for children to be given the tools to creatively talk about their care

Broadcast on Channel 4 last November, it was an emotional and powerful piece of television aimed at giving the young people a unique platform for their voices to be heard.

It featured a group of our looked after children who worked with award-winning writer and performer Lemn Sissay MBE in a series of workshops exploring their feelings about being in care and writing poems to express them. It culminated in a performance of their work at the Belgrade Theatre.

Superkids was also nominated for the prestigious Bafta TV award in the Specialist Factual category.

Cllr Pat Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Superkids was such a powerful and uplifting project. I’m so proud of the young people who gave so much of themselves and of ourselves for allowing the cameras in for such an honest portrayal of our work.

“I’m delighted for everyone involved in the documentary to get this thoroughly well-deserved nomination.”

The Grierson Awards ceremony takes place on November 14 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London.

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