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FIRST LOOK: Trailer Drops For Star-studded Aussie Hip Hop Doco

5 January 2023 | 10:03 am | Dan Cribb

“We feel like hip hop has always had to fight for its place in the Aus music scene."

The first trailer for Australian hip hop documentary Burn Gently has dropped ahead of the film’s cinematic release on March 23.

The upcoming doco, described as “an exploration into the ins and outs of the Australian music industry, its growth, pressures, expectations and hardships, its success and failings”, features some of the most influential artists in the local scene, including:

360, Baker Boy, Barkaa, Bliss N Eso, Cazeux Oslo (So.Crates), Chris Gill, DJ Peril, DRMNGNOW, Drapht, Ecca Vandal, Genesis Owusu, Hau, Jane Tyrrell, Jimblah, Joelisitics, L-FRESH The LION, Mantra, Matt O’Kine, MC Trey, Michelle Grace Hunder, Mirrah, Maya Jupiter, N’fa Jones, Pac, P. Smurf, Plutonic Lab, Rapaport, Rosano (Sound Unlimited Posse), Sampa The Great, Sensible J, Sereck (Def Wish Cast), Seth Sentry, Sensible Antixx, Suffa (Hilltop Hoods), Thundamentals and Urthboy

The project comes from Burn Gently Enterprises, which is comprised of artist and event management duo Antony Attridge and Kristina Hood, aka Sensible Antixx (directors), hip hop luminary N’fa Jones (co-producer) and Hideaway Productions.

After an “arduous” six years, the trailer finally drops today, and you can check it out below.

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“We feel like hip hop has always had to fight for its place in the Aus music scene,” Attridge said.

“We wanted to tell a story that championed the incredible careers and influence of the many artists, whilst demonstrating that an often-stigmatised genre is so much more than its common stereotypes.”

Hood added: “The discussions we’ve been having with these artists have been nothing short of surreal. There’s no denying hip hop has been rife with complexities in its short history within our country, however, these artists successfully continue to break glass ceilings on a global scale time and time again. We want to celebrate Aus hip hop as world-class music!”

Burn Gently takes a closer look at how hip hop is consumed in Australia, while tackling issues of racism, drug abuse, violence, misogyny, mental health and more.

The film opens in Australian cinemas from March 23. For more details, click here.