Windsor-based documentary company scoops double Emmy win

Windsor-based documentary company scoops double Emmy win

Philip Dewey

Windsor-based documentary company scoops double Emmy win

Double Emmy success has been celebrated by a Windsor-based independent documentary film-making company at a glitzy ceremony in New York.

Clover Films, of Alma Road, were nominated for three Emmys in separate categories for their films Battle for Syria, Opium Brides and Al Qaeda in Yemen, which appeared on US TV show Frontline.

Director Jamie Doran, 57, was in New York for the ceremony on October 1 to accept the awards won by Battle for Syria, for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in a news magazine, and Opium Brides, for outstanding feature story in a news magazine.

Father-of-three Jamie said: "It was unexpected, we're only a small company based in Windsor but we have an international hit which is amazing.

"We have won 23 major awards in the last few years but for us the Emmys was a special one because it's like the Oscars for documentaries, it almost made up for the fact my team Celtic had lost to Barcelona."

Glasgow-born Jamie has been making war documentaries for more than 30 years and has had some close-shaves throughout his career.

He said: "I was nearly shot by a sniper when I was filming in Aleppo, I was filming and my fixer Mu told me to move and as I moved I felt the tiniest wisp of my hair move and a bullet hit the wall behind me.

"I have covered every war over the last 30 years and Syria is by far the most dangerous.

"You have to cut off in order to report what is in front of you properly, we have to keep a level head but it affects you greatly afterwards."

Jamie said the awards were dedicated to the fixers on the ground that are left behind.

"They run the risk of death on a daily basis, they're the guys who should earn the awards."

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