Cheeky Comedy Drama How to Please A Woman Cleans Up at the 2022 WA Screen Culture Awards


Cheeky comedy-drama HOW TO PLEASE A WOMAN scooped a pleasing four awards (out of six nominations) at the 2022 WA Screen Culture Awards held on Sunday 4 December at Luna Cinemas Leederville – 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.

Webster’s debut feature was filmed in Fremantle and Perth in 2021. Released in May this year on over 250 screens nationwide, the film struck a chord with audiences and critics alike drawn to the charming comedy classic. 

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.

“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.

“With more than 200 entries across categories that capture games, art and traditional forms, our national and international judges had their work cut out for them – which is the whole point. More than that though was the enormous diversity of WA work presented to them, which is something we should all be proud of and congratulations to all entrants, nominees and winners.”

Announcing the full list of winners:

Innovation Awards

  • Narrative Feature Film with budget under $1m
    • Pieces
  • Narrative Feature Film with budget over $1m – presented by the City of Fremantle
    • How to Please a Woman
  • Feature Documentary / Non Fiction – presented by Broadcast Gurus
    • Namarali
  • Short Film / Animation
    • Freedom Swimmer
  • Student Film – presented by the City of Vincent
    • Walk Run Strive
  • Music Video
    • The Hills – The Faim
  • Game Design – presented by StemSmart
    • Isle of Trials: Curse of the Fire God
  • Commercial Content – presented by PAV
    • Queens on the Edge
  • Moving Image and Installation Art – presented by the City of Vincent
    • Making Dalison
  • Virtual Reality, 360° or Augmented Reality – presented by XR:WA
    • Galup VR Experience
  • Web Series or Online Content – presented by RevStream
    • Making Dalison

Outstanding Achievement Awards

  • Directing – presented by The Backlot Perth
    • Where All Light Tends To Go – Ben Young
  • Cinematography or Visualisation – presented by Raz Rentals
    • Facing Monsters – Rick Rifici
  • Writing
    • How to Please a Woman – Renee Webster
  • Performance
    • How to Please a Woman – Hayley McElhinney
  • Performance Under 18s – presented by The Ali Roberts Studio
    • (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 – presented by Sandbox
    • How to Please a Woman – Merlin Eden
  • Sound or Sound Design – presented by Soundbyte
    • Freedom Swimmer
  • Original Music – presented by RTRFM 92.1
    • Laugh With Me – Sean Tinnion

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.

Both women have spent a quarter of a century honing their skills and becoming unrivalled leaders in their fields.

Joan is a media and entertainment lawyer, an experienced executive producer for film and TV, who has worked across countless screen productions. A valued member of the local and national industry, she has sat on both Screenwest and Screen Australia boards and was twice nominated for WA Citizen of the Year. 

Ingrid has been a passionate advocate for independent film and local filmmakers for the past 25 years, leading one of the most successful independent cinema chains in the country. Testament to this is the fact that Luna Leederville was recently voted Best Metro Independent Cinema in the Country at the 2022 Australian International Movie Convention.

This year’s WASCA trophy was designed by Ryan Hodgson, Geographik and Square Peg Home. Produced using responsibly sourced Western Australian Yarri timber by Square Peg Home and Artcom Fabrication, they symbolise a true synergy of local creatives working together for an event that celebrates Western Australian creative excellence and innovation.

The WASCAs are proudly presented and produced by the Revelation Perth International Film Festival with assistance from Sandbox Productions and in collaboration with the WA screen industry.

For more information please visit and follow the WASCAs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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