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2022 WA Screen Culture Awards winners
Writer Director Renee Webster with Mayor of Fremantle Hannah Fitzhardinge at 2022 WA Screen Culture Awards

Funny and heart-warming comedy-drama How To Please A Woman scooped four awards (out of six nominations) at the 2022 WA Screen Culture Awards – including Innovation in Narrative Feature Film with a budget over $1m; Outstanding Achievement in Editing – Merlin Eden; Outstanding Achievement in Performance – Hayley McElhinney; and Outstanding Achievement in Writing – Renee Webster.

Indie filmmaking triumph Pieces, which explores the devastating impact of mental illness took home the Innovation in Narrative Feature Film with a budget under $1m. A personal project for director Martin Wilson, Pieces was shot on a budget of just $150,000.

The understated documentary Namarali, which tells the story behind the spirit figure that rose up into the stadium at the Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony, was awarded Innovation in Feature Documentary.

And Oscar-qualifying short Freedom Swimmer, the incredible tale of a grandfather’s perilous swim from mainland China to Hong Kong in search of freedom, was the much-deserved recipient of Innovation in Short Film or Animation and Outstanding Achievement in Sound/Sound Design.

Two Special Industry Awards were also awarded as part of the 2022 WASCAs; the Contribution to the Industry was awarded to lawyer Joan Peters and the Independent Spirit Award went to Ingrid van den Berge, Managing Director of Luna Palace Cinemas.

“We couldn’t be happier with the response to and results of this year’s WA Screen Culture Awards,” says Revelation Film Festival Director Richard Sowada.

The WA Screen Culture Awards (WASCAs) celebrates the achievement, innovation and ambition of the Western Australian local industry, embracing all forms from new, established and emerging screen practices.

Full list of winners of 2022 WA Screen Culture Awards

Innovation Awards

Narrative Feature Film with budget under $1m
Pieces

Narrative Feature Film with budget over $1m
How to Please a Woman

Feature Documentary / Non Fiction
Namarali

Short Film / Animation
Freedom Swimmer

Student Film
Walk Run Strive

Music Video
The Hills – The Faim

Game Design
Isle of Trials: Curse of the Fire God

Commercial Content
Queens on the Edge

Moving Image and Installation Art
Making Dalison

Virtual Reality, 360° or Augmented Reality
Galup VR Experience

Web Series or Online Content
Making Dalison

Outstanding Achievement Awards

Directing
Where All Light Tends To Go – Ben Young

Cinematography or Visualisation
Facing Monsters – Rick Rifici

Writing
How to Please a Woman – Renee Webster

Performance
How to Please a Woman – Hayley McElhinney

Performance Under 18s
(Not So) Great Expectations – Lauren Campbell

Production Design (incl. costume, set design, hair and makeup etc)
Pieces – Dennon Pike, Monique Wilson, Kristie Rowe, Tess Rowe, Shannon Murphy

Editing
How to Please a Woman – Merlin Eden

Sound or Sound Design
Freedom Swimmer

Original Music
Laugh With Me – Sean Tinnion

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