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Veteran documentary filmmaker Roger Graef dies aged 85

Veteran documentary filmmaker Roger Graef has died aged 85, Channel 4 announced on behalf of his family.

Award-winning producer and writer who has had a successful career in both the US and UK, making films on a wide range of social justice topics for every major British broadcaster.

Graef died peacefully on Wednesday surrounded by his family, Channel 4 said.

He is known for documentaries including One Of Them Is Brett, State Of The Nation: A Law In The Making and Police, and has made more than 30 documentaries about the police and justice system in the country. Brother.

Graef was awarded the prestigious Bafta Fellowship in 2004.

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Graef (right) directed several television specials including Amnesty International’s first three comedy shows from 1976 to 1979 and First Officer Secret (Andy Butterton/PA)

In addition to his tough documentaries, he directed several television specials, including Amnesty International’s first three comedy shows from 1976 to 1979.

He directed the first Secret Policeman’s Ball film and co-produced the first Comic Relief with Richard Curtis in 1985.

A visiting professor at the University of Oxford, Graef is also a regular writer for major UK publications including The Sunday Times, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, The Guardian and the Observer.

He is also a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 live.

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In 1982, Graef became a founding Board member of Channel 4 and also served on the Board of Directors of the Communications Standards Trust.

His rich documentary heritage has helped inform and change people’s perspectives on some of the most challenging aspects of British society and its private and public institutions.Alex Mahon, CEO of Channel 4

Alex Mahon, chief executive of Channel 4, said the director is “one of the broadcaster’s most original and influential documentary filmmakers”.

He said: “(Graef) believes in his authority that, in his words, is ‘creative commitment and risk taking in cinema, drama, comedy, documentaries and issues. news’.

“In addition to his contribution to Channel 4, his rich documentary heritage has helped inform and change people’s perspectives on some of the most challenging aspects of British society and its private and public institutions.

“Roger is fun to chat with, motivated and ignited and his love for television and culture shines through in every conversation.

“He used to say that he wanted his epithet to be that he made the difference. Without a doubt, Roger did exactly that.”

Graef was born in New York, USA, in April 1936 before moving to the UK in 1962.

He became a British citizen in 1992.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/veteran-documentary-maker-roger-graef-dies-aged-85-41405530.html Veteran documentary filmmaker Roger Graef dies aged 85

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