The Film

Words from the City is a feature documentary exploring Australian hip hop through intimate and candid observations of some of the nation's most potent and compelling MCs.

Focusing on the unique lyrical and verbal artistry of the form, the film follows a diverse range of artists from around the country, including Wire MC, Hilltop Hoods, Downsyde, Layla, Koolism, Bliss N Eso, Maya Jupiter, TZU and MC Trey. From social and political rage to personal and cultural storytelling, from laneways and parks to festivals and nightclubs, the film explores the diverse environments that shape these artists and their urge to make their voices heard.

Filmed across one long hot summer against the backdrop of an increasingly conservative mainstream, Words from the City follows the daily lives of these artists at the vanguard of Australian hip hop, a movement that is exploding onto the musical landscape as one of our most powerful and energetic creative forms.

Production Information

Duration: 90 minutes

Written & Directed by: Natasha Gadd & Rhys Graham

Produced by: Philippa Campey

Edited by: Paul Williams

Camera & Sound: Natasha Gadd & Rhys Graham

Sound Design by: Emma Bortignon

Bliss N Eso, Downsyde, Hilltop Hoods, Koolism, Layla, Maya Jupiter,
MC Trey, Nick Toth, TZU, and Wire MC

Also Featuring:
Bella, Choo Choo, Elf Tranzporter, Graphic, Island Beatz Crew,
J-Dash-P, Joe Black, Morganics, Mortar, Ron Gunz

Film Camp Pty Ltd 179 Johnston Street Fitzroy VIC 3065 Australia
Tel: +61 3 9419 0140




Technical Information:

Running Time: 90 minutes (89 minutes, 13 seconds)
Shooting Gauge: HDV
Finishing Gauge:  HD
Exhibition Formats: HD, Digital Betacam (PAL)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Col/B&W: Colour
Camera Gear:  2 x Sony Z1 HDV kits

Completed: February 2007

Funded by:
The Australian Film Commission
Film Victoria
Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund
Madman Entertainment
© 2007 The Australian Film Commission,
Adelaide Film Festival, Film Victoria and Film Camp

International Sales:
Film Camp Pty Ltd
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Fitzroy VIC 3065 Australia
tel: 61 3 9419 0140
fax: 61 3 9417 7336

Australia/NZ Distribution:
Madman Entertainment
1-35 Wellington Street
Collingwood, VIC 3066 Australia
P.O. Box1480
Collingwood, VIC 3066 Australia
tel: 61 3 9417 0977
fax. 61 3 9418 7388