Lotterywest Festival Films Blog
Tuesday 19 April 2016
A moving story of courage and greed, set against the magnificent backdrop of Everest has taken out PIAF’s 2016 Golden Deckchair.
After a stellar Lotterywest Festival Film season of the highest quality films from around the world, Sherpa: Trouble on Everest garnered the most votes from our audiences to win the 720 ABC Perth Audience Award.
This incredible documentary was filmed during the calamitous 2014 climbing season, when 16 Sherpa guides were killed while moving across an ice-flow to aid Western climbers. Following the disaster, climbers and Sherpas entered into a tense mountaintop stalemate. This exhilarating film exposes many truths about money, Nepal, and the meeting of first and third worlds atop this alluring, spiritual peak.
Sherpa director Jennifer Peedom said, 'I'm thrilled that Sherpa has been so incredibly well received by audiences at the Perth International Arts Festival. It's validating to know that the film is connecting with the Australian audience so well and this audience award is such a boost so early in our cinema release. A huge thanks to the audience for this prize.'
PIAF Film Program Manager Tom Vincent said Jennifer Peedom’s film Sherpa, which enjoyed one of the biggest audiences of the season, was a very deserving winner of this year’s audience award.
'Its success at PIAF has shown me three things: the strength of connection that Perth feels with Nepal; of PIAF audiences’ adventurous spirit and thirst for excellent, unexpected storytelling , and that documentary films have a special place at PIAF, following wins by Searching for Sugar Man in 2012 and The Salt of the Earth last year, with Dark Horse a very close runner up this year,' he said.
'Hearty congratulations to Jennifer and all her collaborators, including producer John Maynard and all the team at Transmission Films, from all at PIAF. May you enjoy many more successes with your excellent film.'
Sherpa scored 895 of a possible 1,000 points, narrowly beating the runner-up, Dark Horse with 890.
The 2015–16 season saw a big jump in audience members casting votes for films, from about 11,000 votes in 2014–15 to more than 15,000 at the close of this year’s season. The average rating across the season also increased, and we are delighted this year’s films were so well received.
720 ABC Perth Audience Audience Award, Lotterywest Festival Films
Grierson Award (Best Documentary), London Film Festival
Best Film: Mountain Culture, BANFF Mountain Film and Book Festival
Program Manager: Film
Watching 300 plus films a year for both work and pleasure, PIAF’s Film programmer Tom Vincent subsists on a steady diet of international cinema and short films – all to bring the most compelling stories and striking cinematography to Perth’s favourite outdoor cinemas.