Producer Jess Parker, DOP Lewis Potts and director/writer David Vincent Smith on the set of 'He Ain't Heavy'. (Photo: David Dare Parker)
While David Vincent Smith’s debut feature He Ain’t Heavy is yet to officially premiere, it’s still the most nominated title for this year’s WA Screen Culture Awards.
The annual awards, founded by Revelation Film Festival director Richard Sowada, aim to celebrate achievement, innovation and ambition among Western Australian creatives across both emerging and established screen practices.
He Ain’t Heavy will vie against It Only Takes A Night for Narrative Feature Film with a Budget over $1 million award. It is also nominated for prizes recognising directing, cinematography, writing, production design and editing, while stars Greta Scacchi and Sam Corlett will vie against each other for the performance award.
This year’s WA Screen Culture Awards will be held on November 26 at Luna Leederville, hosted by comedian and YouTuber Ozzy Man Reviews, aka Ethan Marrell.
“The event is unique on the national cultural scene in its approach in platforming and unifying all moving image forms in the one event to show the depth and diversity of the local sector. In doing this, we look toward not just platforming and rewarding these forms but encouraging their development in building a fully integrated cultural environment,” said Sowada.
The nominees are as follows:
Narrative Feature Film with budget under $1m Frank and Frank Rampage Electra Sweet Rhythm Violett
Narrative Feature Film with budget over $1m He Ain’t Heavy It Only Takes A Night
Feature Documentary/Non Fiction Black Cockatoo Crisis Dolphins: Is Our Love Too Deep? The Last Song
Short Film/Animation An Origin of Rape Culture Bird Drone Making Waves Max Pam: The Freddie Incident Tee Ken Ng The Grey Line
Student Film Dare to Dream Diary of Death Injustice Melody of Life School Makes Me… Tea’s Ready
Television Claremont – A Killer Among Us New Leash on Life Ningaloo Nyinggulu
Music Video Anna Schneider – Lyrebird Booxkid – The Battle Bad Weather – Flowers in Your Room Moana – Kingdom and Temple Studio Orange – Healthy Hygiene Behaviours
Game Design Nekograms Tactical Response: PVP, Apocalypse and Genesis
Commercial Content 2023 Certified Organic Vintage – Voyager Estate, Margaret River Kaleep Raith Skateboards – World Record Attempt Real Good Honey – Nothing to Hide Wizard Pharmacy: Xmas Rap! World Transplant Games 2023
Moving Image and Installation A Leap of Faith LightWaves
Virtual Reality, 360° or Augmented Reality Bidi Walbraaniny – Path to Healing BoodjAR Tactical Response: PVP, Apocalypse and Genesis The Careful Project – Kiera Jas – Thoughts Wiluna Martu Ranger VR – Protecting Culture and Country
Web Series or Online Content Cool Mum Dr Russell’s World of Curiosities Love Me Lex Puntukurnu – Smoking Aware Outstanding Achievement Awards
Directing Claremont – A Killer Among Us – Anthony Barwell He Ain’t Heavy – David Vincent Smith I’m Not a Nurse – Jessica Bailey Making Waves – Christian Horgan Raising Thunder – Kaleb McKenna Tee Ken Ng – Ella Wright
Cinematography or Visualisation Bird Drone – Radheya Jegatheva He Ain’t Heavy – Lewis Potts I’m Not a Nurse – Damian Fasolo Marlu Man – Christian Kennedy Tee Ken Ng – Rhys Jones
Writing Bird Drone – Clare Toonen Good Fortune – Lata Periakarpen He Ain’t Heavy – David Vincent Smith It Only Takes A Night – Callan Durlik Love Me Lex – Sanja Katich Ningaloo Nyinggulu – Tim Winton, Peter Rees
Performance Frank and Frank – Myles Pollard He Ain’t Heavy – Greta Scacchi He Ain’t Heavy – Sam Corlett I’m Not a Nurse – Christine Ayo It Only Takes A Night – Ana Ika Love Me Lex – Sarah Light
Performance Under 18s A Novel Christmas – Koko Kelemete Raising Thunder – Chloe Brink Violett – Valentina Blagojevic When Doves Fly – Lauren Campbell
Production Design (incl. costume, set design, hair and makeup etc) A Novel Christmas – Casey Renzullo, Kayleigh Lux He Ain’t Heavy – Emma Fletcher It Only Takes A Night – Johnny Ma The Redemption – Stephanie Davis Violett – Helena Polley
Editing Good Fortune – Saxon Wright He Ain’t Heavy – Antony Webb Love Me Lex – Oliver Dear Tee Ken Ng – David Vincent Smith The Grey Line – Scott Quayle
Sound or Sound Design Claremont: A Killer Among Us – Ben Morris, Kim Lord I’m Not a Nurse – Ben Morton It Only Takes A Night – Nick Gallagher Ningaloo Nyinggulu – Ric Curtin, Xoe Baird, Glenn Martin, Brett Stayt, Elizabeth Parer-Cook, Marcus Lorenz Raising Thunder – Brad Habib, Holly Miller, Jake Isard, Tam Glover, Brendan Hill, James Brock
Original Music A Novel Christmas – Andrew James Bartlett An Origin of Rape Culture – Nicholas Gardiner I’m Not a Nurse – Ben Morton Raising Thunder – Robert Woods Violett – Steven J. Mihaljevich, Ben Chase
Two Special Industry Awards will also be announced at the event – the Independent Spirit Award and the Contribution to the Industry, presented by the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.