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.
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
Running Time: 90 minutes (89 minutes, 13 seconds)
Completed: February 2007