Grabsky’s work such as I, Caesar, Spain - In the Shadow on the Sun, The Great Commanders and the Tim Marlow on... series, has been broadcast on various U.K. channels such as BBC, Channel 4, Five and Sky Arts, and internationally around the world.
His film The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan was released in cinemas in 2003 and tells the story of 8-year-old Mir and his family living in post-Taliban Afghanistan. The film has been shown across the globe and won 13 awards including the Gold Hugo in Chicago for Best Film and first prize at the Valladolid International Film Festival. Phil continued to film Mir and his family in Afghanistan, and has released a second update on Mir and his family in The Boy Mir- ten Years in Afghanistan (2011).
2006 saw the completion of In Search of Mozart. The film illustrates the life and work of the composer through interviews and live performance. The film premiered at London’s Barbican concert hall. Subsequently it has gone on to become one of the top 100 grossing documentaries in Australia.
Heavy Water: A Film for Chernobyl (2006) explores the Chernobyl nuclear disaster through Mario Petrucci’s poetry. Phil worked in conjunction with director David Bickerstaff for this project which went on to win Best Short Documentary at the Cinequest International Film Festival.
In 2007 Grabsky completed Escape from Luanda which tells the tale of three students at Angola’s only music school.
After the success of In search of Mozart, In Search of Beethoven was released in 2009, focusing on the life and work of the German composer. Most recently Phil Grabsky completed In search of Haydn which was released in January (2012).
- Leonardo Live (2012)
- In search of Haydn (2012)
- The Boy Mir- ten years in Afghanistan (2011)
- In Search of Beethoven (2009)
- Escape from Luanda (2007)
- Heavy Water: A Film for Chernobyl (2006)
- In Search of Mozart (2006)
- The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan (2003)
- Muhammad Ali – Through the Eyes of the World (2001)
Selected TV programmes
- Judgement Day: Images of Heaven and Hell (2004)
- Great Artists with Tim Marlow (2003)
- The Impressionists (1998)
- I, Caesar – The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire (1997)
- The Great Commanders (1993)
- Spain – In the Shadow of the Sun (1990)
- The Great Artists: From Giotto to Turner by Phil Grabsky & Tim Marlow (2002)
- The Lost Temple of Java by Phil Grabsky (1999)
- I, Caesar: Ruling the Roman Empire by Phil Grabsky (1997)
- The Great Commanders: Alexander, Caesar, Nelson, Napoleon, Grant and Zhukov by Phil Grabsky (1995)
The boy Mir - 10 years in Afghanistan (2011)
-Best documentary - Santa Barbara International Film Festival
-Best foreign film - HumanDOC Documentary Film Festival, Poland
-Runner up: long documentary - Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival
In search of Beethoven (2009)
-Shortlisted: Creative communication - Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards
Escape from Luanda (2007)
- Silver Award for Excellence - Park City Film Music Festival
In Search of Mozart (2006)
- Best Documentary - Dubrovnik Film Festival
Heavy Water: A Film for Chernobyl (2006)
- Winner – Special Mention - Ourense International Independent Film Festival
The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan (2003)
- Best Film, Cinematography and Editing - Gold Hugo in Chicago
- First prize - Valladolid International Film Festival
- Best Original Score (Dimitri Tchamouroff) – RTS Awards