MONTREAL — Paperny Films’ “Confessions of an Innocent Man” nabbed the Gemini Award for biography documentary program at a ceremony in Toronto on Monday night.
The TV docu, which aired on the CTV Network, tells the story of dual British and Canadian citizen William Sampson, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia in December 2000 and spent nearly three years in a Saudi prison before confessing live on television to orchestrating a car bombing that killed a Brit engineer. When released, Sampson insisted he was innocent.
Gemini Awards in the news, sports and documentary categories were doled out at the ceremony Monday. The Geminis are the Canuck TV awards.
Maya Gallus won for direction in a documentary program for “Girl Inside,” which aired on Ontario pubcaster TVO. Derreck Roemer and Neil Graham won for direction in a documentary series for the docu “Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel,” a portrait of the transformation of a former flophouse into a trendy hotel, part of the “The View From Here” series, also on TVO.
The award for doc series went to “Diamond Road,” a three-part TVO series that covered different aspects of the diamond trade around the world.
Terence McKeown and John Zaritsky won for writing in a documentary program for CTV’s “The Suicide Tourist,” and the Donald Brittain Award for social/political documentary program went to seasoned filmmaker Peter Raymont’s “A Promised to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman,” which aired on Bravo.
History Television’s “Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery” won for history documentary program.
Veteran broadcaster Hana Gartner took the honors for host in a news program for the long-running CBC current-affairs show “The Fifth Estate”; the series also won in the news information category. National pubcaster CBC’s nightly flagship newscast “The National” won and Bravo show “Landscape as Muse” took the prize for performing arts.
As previously announced, the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism was given to longtime CBC political correspondent Don Newman.
The Gemini Awards for lifestyle, children’s and youth shows will be given out tonight; and the drama, variety and comedy prizes will be handed out Wednesday. The Broadcast Gala that includes the main awards will be held Nov. 28.