Bryan Bruce’s documentary Mind the Gap has won gold at this year’s New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, announced at the NAB Show in Las Vegas Wednesday NZ time.
Mind the Gap’s nomination was one of three for NZ companies, the others coming for SPP`sThe Blue Rose and Zoomslide’s Real Pasifik.
NZ shows have a pretty good track record at the event. Bruce’s Red Sky won twice with Jesus The Cold Case in 2011 and was nominated last year for Inside Child Poverty, when Imagination Television took a Silver for Wild Life At The Zoo.
SPP also has a strong record at the event, having won two years ago with Craig Potton`s Wild Coasts and Roseanne Liang`sMy Wedding and Other Secrets. Nothing Trivial andThe Almighty Johnsons have both been finalists in the last two years. SPP`s Simon Bennett (whose #wendyinbogota is much-enjoyed in the screeNZ office) was a juror for the awards this year.
Bruce felt honoured by Mind the Gap’s win in the New York Festivals awards although he noted, “There’s more than a touch of irony in winning Gold on the international stage with a topic about which New Zealanders should feel deeply ashamed.”
Mind the Gap was produced by Red Sky Film & Television for TV3, with support from NZ On Air. It was the second in a series for TV3 by Bruce for TV3. The first was Inside Child Poverty.
“Getting a Gold Medal is wonderful,” Bruce said in a statement, but if Mind the Gap has played a part in focusing our attention on inequality and child poverty in an election year, that’s the prize I, and the great team of film makers that helped me make our award-winning programme, will treasure most.”
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