Defending Digga D has been awarded Best Multichannel Programme by the Broadcast Awards.

Defending Digga D

Marian Mohamed, Samuel R. Santana & Emma Wakefield
Lambent Productions — BBC Three

"With extraordinary access, Lambent Productions’ film follows the story of one of the biggest up-and-coming drill artists at a pivotal moment in his life, as he is released from prison. The controversial figure is one of the first musicians to be given a criminal behaviour order that controls his creative output.

Carefully intersecting the world of music with the criminal justice system, this truly unique documentary was well suited to its BBC3 home, with 74% of viewers in the channel’s key 16-34 demographic.

Defending Digga D thoughtfully lays out the struggles of a young black man finding an escape in drill music, while never sugarcoating his violent past or sanctioning his actions. This is an extremely difficult balance to pull off, but the judges praised the producers for achieving it with apparent ease.

Just as fascinating are the supporting cast. From Digga D’s lawyer to his manager and the team at distribution platform Mixtape Madness, their stories all contribute to a wider societal discussion of a flawed police and justice system.

One judge aptly summed up the film by saying that it offers 'a genuine and authentic look inside a world rarely represented on mainstream TV', making it 'a truly standout film'"


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