Penny Woolcock'sOne Mile Away picked up the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The film, which had its world premiere at the festival, follows two members of rival Birmingham gangs as they attempt to broker a peace agreement. It is the first time a documentary has won the prestigious award.
The Michael Powell jury, headed by Jim Broadbent, said the film is “a brave and honest film tackling a huge problem with sensitivity and skill, not only charting the efforts to reconcile a community but also showing the great wealth of creativity that is part of that struggle. We are delighted to be able to recognise such a singular achievement.”
Penny Woolcock also stated: “One Mile Away is about transforming and saving lives. Winning the Michael Powell Award is a tremendous boost for us to help get the film and its message out to where it needs to be in our inner cities.” - Screen Daily