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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 Time Of The Assassins Live @ The Tote

23 Feb

Filmed live at the Tote Hotel by Two Tap Tv

Hotel Wrecking City Traders Live @ The East Brunswick Club

23 Feb

Playlist to be added soon

Winterun Live @ The East Brunswick Club

24 Aug

Below the shallows of mainstream music there lie’s an alternative scene running rich and deep. Having spent the last 10 years building a strong clan within this healthy community in Australia and abroad, Winterun now lure you Into The Underground.

These videos are from a DVD released by Two Tap Tv in 2008 and comprise of a full multicam production of the launch of “Into the Underground” filmed at the East Brunswick Club on 19th October, 2007.

Like a Truckload of log set loose down a mountainside, Winterun are a rolling blend of infectious heavy rock. Raw energy, beers, big dirty rifts, grooves and stomp is what’s to be expected. Captured beautifully by Two Tap Tv, you’re guaranteed you wont miss a drop of sweat.

Play List

Break The Black Box
Spitfire
Beautiful Day
Dirty Sky
Diabhal (Prattle Battle)
Healer (still to be added)
Forgotten Good? (still to be added)
Pony (still to be added)
Sucker for Punishment (still to be added)
Lochran Aigh Nam Bochd (still to be added)
Heavy Rain (still to be added)
Down Driver (still to be added)
Stompa (still to be added)

This DVD was the first live multicam production that Two Tap Tv turned into a full commercially released DVD and was launched at the first “Red Carpet Night” at Kent St Bar on Smith St Fitzroy in January 2008. This still remains one of the most rewarding projects I’ve completed, the band members have become good friends of mine and are still producing some of the best heavy rock in Melbourne. I recently caught up with the Winterun clan at their gig at the Tote and I have begun to think that with this being their 10th year as a band that it might be time for a Winterun retrospective doco.

Here is an early interview conducted by Ben Pitcher early in the beginnings of his freelance enterprise, Melbourne Rock City

Winterun have been a part of Two Tap since the beginnings, I remember sitting with Oriel at the bar of “Labour In Vain” on Brunswick St where she introduced me to Nick Dunstan, lead singer of Winterun. Over the course of an arvo the three of us bounced idea’s around about how to film bands, what we wanted to achieve with our new production business, talked about music, bands and eventually settled on the name for this new enterprise. Two Tap Tv! One of the first projects we tackled with the newly formed Two Tap crew was a film clip of Winteruns new single “Stompa”.

We filmed this at iconic late night rock venue Pony Bar I found it so satisfying to see that well known pony skeleton at the back of the stage through the lens of my camera, Melbourne has some legendary stages and for me the Pony’s is right up there. The film clip was a mixture of set shots filmed during the arvo and live footage from much later on in the night. True to form the Winterun Clan came out and the Pony was as wild as I’ve ever scene it. Plaster was falling from the roof and the dance floor was an inch deep with spilt beer as the crowd thrashed out and hair was flying. The film clip came out a treat and was our first to be broadcast on Rage, another long held dream of mine and a thrill to see your work on telly at 4:30 am. So for me Nick and Winterun have been there right from the beginning of my freelance career and I always look forward to the chance to work with them and surround my self in their heavy groove filled sound.

With 2011 seeing the release of their new EP “Shadow” and a full length album slated for release later in the year, stay tuned for more rumblings from the underground.

Cover art for Winterun's 2011 EP release