Documentary gets good ‘rap’ at awards

Award-winning film producer Alice Ross, (front of Northbridge), with Wade K Savage (Doubleview), Pete Gurbiel (Willetton), Lisa Rye (Innaloo), and Dom Pearce (Mt Lawley). Picture: Andrew Ritchie d405633
Award-winning film producer Alice Ross, (front of Northbridge), with Wade K Savage (Doubleview), Pete Gurbiel (Willetton), Lisa Rye (Innaloo), and Dom Pearce (Mt Lawley). Picture: Andrew Ritchie d405633

The film Hunter: For the Record won the best factual feature film category at the recent awards presented at the Astor Theatre.

The documentary shows Robert Hunter’s influence on the Perth hip-hop community and follows his battle with cancer, which he lost in October 2011.

Ross said it was the first feature film any of the crew had made.

‘It is a huge award because although he have already had really positive responses from hip hop fans and fans of Hunter, to be recognised by the screen industry is a whole other level,’ she said.

Ross said the idea for the film started when director Sam Field first met Hunter.

It was subsequently shot over one and a half years, with $20,000 sourced through crowd funding allowing post-production to occur.

‘The first day I met Hunter was also the first time he started losing his hair,’ she said.

‘The way he talked was quite poetic.

‘Straight away I knew he was an intriguing character and was himself in front of the camera.’

Victoria Park resident Dom Pearce helped edit Hunter: For the Record and also earned a best music video WASA for directing Silver & Gold by The Chemist.

It was the second time he had won the category, previously winning for Tongues in Cheek by Sugar Army. He said the award was nice recognition in a tough industry.

Pearce said he was now working on a new video for Eskimo Joe.

Other winners include Peter Gurbiel and Wade Savage for short film The Owl and Lisa Rye for best game Freedom Fall.

Sue Taylor was presented the outstanding contribution award and Keir Wilkins was named the best young filmmaker of the year.