On March 28, 2019, Pulitzer grantee Callum Macrae was nominated for a 2019 Virgin Media British Academy Television Award in the Current Affairs category by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The award is in recognition for his film, Massacre at Ballymurphy.
This project investigates the Ballymurphy massacre and sheds light on the British Army's role in the outbreak of Northern Ireland's 'Troubles.' Over a three-day period in August 1971, the elite British Parachute Regiment shot dead 10 civilians in Belfast's predominantly Catholic working-class Ballymurphy district. Less than six months later, the same Parachute Regiment was responsible for the deaths of 14 civilians in the city of Derry, helping to radicalize Catholic opinion across Northern Ireland and sparking the emergence of the Provisional IRA and the 30 years of ethnic conflict that followed.
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The awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall in London on May 12, 2019. Please visit the BAFTA website for more information on the ceremony and a full list of the nominees.