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Clean shortlisted for a Grierson award

The 2023 Grierson awards shortlist, in association with All3Media and Digital Broadcast Partners little dot studios, is officially in - and Bombito is delighted to announce that ‘Clean’, by Miranda Stern, has been shortlisted for Best Documentary Short!

‘Clean’ has had an incredibly successful run so far, having screened at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh and Palm Springs International ShortFest, as well as winning the Scottish Short Film Award at the 16th edition of the Glasgow Short Film Festival.

The film

A short and personal female-centred documentary about addiction and long-term recovery from it.

Miranda weaves together observational and lyrical elements to take us into the challenging, deeply personal and relatively unknown world of recovery – along with the processes of care that follow in the years after a period of active addiction.

This is one couple’s journey together as they negotiate the world of recovery and how to plan for a future with so much uncertainty in it.

Miranda on what 'Clean' means to her:

"I have this really vivid memory of trying to get through a cold turkey and searching online for stories of other people who’d been through this impossible thing and come out the other side. I so desperately wanted to hear success stories, and it really struck me in that moment that there just weren’t very many out there. Or rather there were, but I didn’t have access to them because the dominant narrative that exists tends to focus on the dark descent into addiction and ends in relapse or death. The challenging, deeply personal, and unknown world of recovery and hope is rarely explored. It’s hard not to internalise some of that sense that addiction is a hopeless situation with no way out other than in a coffin, or prison.

This film wouldn’t have happened without the immeasurable and unquantifiable support from all the people I had in my corner. You know who you are.

I’d also like to take a moment for all the addicts that still suffer. This is a disease from which there is no known cure. It’s taken too many people and it is relentless. It can, however, be arrested at some point and recovery is then possible.

That’s the only message that really matters."

Further information

  • Directed and Edited by Miranda Stern

  • Cinematographer: Julyan Sinclair

  • Producer: Reece Cargan

  • Executive Producer: Sue Bourne

  • Composer: Rotem Frimer

  • Edit Consultant: Emiliano Battista

  • Colourist and Online Editor Karolina Matela

  • Sound Designer: Alina Ushakova

  • Dubbing Mixer: Joseph Russell

Developed, supported and executive produced by the Scottish Documentary Institute's Bridging the Gap programme and Screen Scotland.


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