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Skip Hop The Documentary

24 Feb

The result of a three year labour of love from all round producer, director, camera op and editor Oriel Guthrie. Skip Hop is the very first documentary of its kind to showcase real Australian hip hop culture and Charts the rise of the genre from its roots and details the history of hip hop in Australia. Skip Hop includes interviews and music from Def Wish Cast, DJ Peril, Hilltop Hoods, The Herd and Wickid Force Breakers, all of which have played an important role in the evolution of hip hop in Australia.

Oriel started working on this project whilst at RMIT and it grew from a 20min short to a feature length doco. Taking over three years to make, my involvement was as a camera op and extra crew for a number of the different scenes throughout the years of production. It premiered with a bang at the Melbourne International Film Festival where it screened at the sizable Hoyts cinema on Russle St, Melbourne. It has since been released on DVD nationally by rubber records and EMI as well as been screened at ACMI as part of a “Australian Perspective” series.

Both entertaining and educational, Skip Hop focuses not only on the sounds of hip hop, but highlights other aspects of Australian hip hop culture the music, the dance, the fashion and the message. Skip Hop also gives an insight into the future of Australian hip hop, showing a positive movement taught through workshops for kids providing guidance from prominent artists within the scene.

Exploring the popularity of hip hop amongst everyone from men and women through to primary school children, Skip Hop features heated b-boy battles, controversial MC battles, interviews and live footage collected from prominent gigs around Australia. This spirited mix draws the audience along with its upbeat rhythms and rhymes consistent with the genre, embracing a strong culture that joins youth and positive force together as an avenue of self-expression.

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(These images are a mixture of screen shots and photos from the launch party at St Jeromes In Melbourne)

Unable to fit the entirety of Australian Hip Hop into one documentary, Oriel endeavors to continue documenting the culture and capturing the evolution. The follow-up feature will include a more in depth focus on the elements that make up hip hop culture Including stories from other important crews, groups, artists and record labels that have helped pave the way for hip hop in this country.

Oriels latest documentary offering is complete and covers over 30 years of the Melbourne graffiti scene. “Writers Bench” was launched at ACMI in 2011, and was a great success. Again it was a pleasure to be involved in another of Ori’s projects and you can check out more info here

Oriel is open to all crews and artist who would like to be involved or are interested in submitting old photos, footage and stories. hit us a message if your down for the cause.

Peace, love and respect to all.

Freestyle @ Federation Square

24 Feb

hip hop event held annually at federation square, melbourne.
Featuring some of Australia’s most well respected artists and crews. Workshops and competition in breaking, popping,locking,krumping,emcee,beatbox,producing.

Each year attracts an audience of 8,000.

The Creep Team – “Fire in the hole”

23 Feb

This is the film clip i produced for the Creep Team

Here is the creep team performing at the Blue Tile Lounge on Smith St in Collingwood. There is also some backstage footage from filming the “Fire in the Hole” film clip.

“Writers Bench” 30 years of Melbourne Graffiti

7 Nov

Writers Bench takes the audience on a first-hand journey through the historical timeline of graffiti and street art culture in Melbourne, exploring some of the revered artists who have helped to shape Melbourne’s cultural identity.

My good friend and filming partner Oriel Guthrie has been slaving away on her graffiti doco “Writers Bench” for over 2 years now, and finally, with less then a week until the premier she has finished of the last interviews and the movie is all ready to go. This is a masterful doco, with over 40 interviews with artists from throughout Melbourne’s Graffiti and street art scenes, both past and present.

My role in the production was assisting with some of the special FX sequences with the graff images as well as the final colour grading and corrections. In addition to 30 years of graffiti this doco also covers 30 years of video formats from super 8, VHS, Beta Cam, Hi8, DV, HDV and HD as well as photos, both print and digital. It was a mammoth task with only 2 weeks to complete the colour grading as well as it being the first feature length film that I have graded. The aim was to blend all the different formats together, to make the graffiti burst off the screen and to try and capture the colour and vibrancy that it brings to the urban landscape. Im very proud to have played a small role in helping put this incredibly exciting project together and the dedication Oriel has shown in working throughout the last 2 years is a testament to her commitment in telling these stories to the world.

Check out the trailer Here:

Meet the legends of the graffiti and street art scene from the past 30 years, as Writers Bench guides you through the events that created the culture as we see it today. Hear stories of growing up with the movement, why each artist got involved and what influenced their style. From its raw beginnings as political and radical slogans plastered on walls throughout the suburbs, to the colourful burst of murals splashed along urban train lines, to the rise of street art as an inner city tourist attraction, Writers Bench traces the evolution of this vital artistic movement.

Local filmmaker Oriel Guthrie continues her investigation into Melbourne subcultures following on from her 2004 featurette, Skip Hop (2004), which screened at ACMI earlier this year.

Directed by Oriel Guthrie & Spencer Davids.
Colour grading and SFX by Flynn Buckland

Screening at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Sat 12th November 4pm (premiere)
Sat 19th November 4pm
Sat 26th November 4pm

buy tix online:
http://www.acmi.net.au/oz_writers_bench.aspx