RTÉ DOCUMENTARIES ON STRONG FEMALE FIGURES WIN GOLD AT NEW YORK FESTIVALS 2020

April 2020

At the 2020 New York Festivals International TV & Film and Radio Awards, RTÉ programmes won 30 prestigious awards. Recognised for its rich craft in storytelling, RTÉ was honoured with three Goltrophies, seven Silver, four Bronze Awards and 16 Finalist Certificates.

Demonstrating the strength and range of RTÉ’s programming across Radio and Television, there were wins in Best Drama Special, Music, Culture & The Arts, Sports & Recreation, National/ International Affairs, Human Rights, Health/Medical Information, Social Issues, Religion and Philosophy, History and several more categories.

Among the winners were, RTÉ Player’s influential DocLand documentary ‘Laura Brennan: This is Me’ won the Gold Award in the ‘Health/Medical Information’ category in the TV & Film awards. The film follows the final months in the life of Laura Brennan who died from cervical cancer aged 26, documenting her family and friendships, and her campaigning work to increase the uptake of the HPV Vaccine.

Group Head of RTÉ Factual, Sean Mac Giolla Phadraig, says: “Between in-house programme makers and colleagues in the independent sector, RTÉ is lucky to be able to work with some of the best documentary storytellers in the world. I'm delighted that the craft in storytelling of documentary teams across Television and Radio has been recognised by the New York Festivals. I'm particularly proud of the work of teams involved in telling the stories of Laura Brennan and Majella Moynihan and who each won the Gold Award in their respective categories. These awards are a testament to the remarkable bravery of both women. I'm also delighted that Fr. Tony Coote's selflessness was also recognised with an award for Walking The Walk.”

RTÉ One’s ‘Walking the Walk’ has been awarded Bronze in the ‘Religion and Philosophy’ category. The film is a testament to the faith, humanity, charisma, humour and steely determination of a remarkable priest and his response to his own diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease. 'Raised by The Village' also won a Bronze prize in the 'Docudrama' TV/Film category. Orla Tinsley: Warrior’ which sees Orla's cystic fibrosis journey as she awaits a life-saving double lung transplant secured a Finalist Certificate in the ‘Health/Medical Information’ TV/Film category.