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Oscar nomination for documentary directed by City alumnus

Documentary directed by Adam Benzine receives Academy Award nomination

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

A documentary written, produced and directed by City alumnus, Adam Benzine (MA Magazine Journalism, 2010) has been nominated for an Oscar. The documentary, titled “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah”, was among five films to be shortlisted in the Best Documentary Short category.

The HBO film explores the life of iconic filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, and the conception and production of his influential documentary Shoah (1985). The film premiered at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto and the rights have since been acquired by a number of international broadcasters.

Adam studied for a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism at City, graduating in 2006. In 2010 he upgraded this to a full Masters with a dissertation and in-depth research project. Since leaving City, Adam has worked as a journalist for titles including Property Week, Music Week, and was the Factual Editor at C21 Media where he reported on the international TV industry. He also worked as the Associate Editor and Online Editor at Realscreen in Toronto where he oversaw events and the trade magazine.

Associate Professor Barbara Rowlands, Director of the Magazine Journalism course said: 

We’re thrilled that Adam has been nominated for an Oscar. I have seen his film and it’s an extraordinary piece of work – moving, revealing and gripping. It is a testament to his persistence, dedication and interviewing skills. Adam’s an experienced film journalist – but this is his first film and it’s just wonderful that he has been nominated for such a prestigious award.

City’s Magazine Journalism course aims to equip students with the skills they need to become a successful journalist. This includes, conducting an interview, researching and crafting a story alongside the ethics, media law, and production values.

The 88th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday 28th February in LA.

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