Controversial Filmmaker Wins Bafta
A British filmmaker who sparked controversy over his documentary about Alzheimer's disease has scooped a top accolade at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Television Awards.
Paul Watson won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Television, despite prompting an investigation over claims his 2007 documentary, Malcolm and Barbara: Love's Farewell, showed the moment of a an Alzheimer's sufferer's death.
The 90-minute film was acclaimed as a sensitive study of Alzheimer's and Watson retained the full support of the man's widow, Barbara.
But at Sunday night's (20Apr08) ceremony in the British capital, Watson was recognised for his work on 300 films over 35 years.
Upon accepting his award, Watson defended the controversial film.
He said, "I hope we will carry on putting ordinary people on the screen because they provide the information about what is going on in this country."