Rollingball Productions has been recognised for its leading digital prowess at the recent NEWi Awards, presented on Friday, September 30, 2016 at Hunter TAFE’s Newcastle campus by The Lunaticks Society.

Rollingball was one of 16 winners announced on the night and took out Best Online Video award for its beautiful depiction of Hunter Valley winery, Brokenwood Wines. The commercial takes the viewer on a journey to capture the stories and craft behind this leading wine brand and some of their best known wines; The Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, the Mistress Block Vineyard Shiraz and the Cricket Pitch range.

The script, penned and filmed by Rollingball Director Paul Donnelly, allowed the crew to create an emotive piece of work that paid homage to Brokenwood’s pedigree and history. The art department led by Lainey Donnelly, also excelled, capturing the essence of a bygone era in costume.

“The iconic vineyards which make up the Brokenwood footprint provided a lot of opportunity for us to craft a significant script and narrative. When you have that kind of history and iconic Australian brand to work with it makes the creative process somewhat easier! Our narrative paid homage to hard work, years of history and the layers and textures that are a part of the Brokenwood story,” Mr Donnelly said.

Rollingball Producer, April Howard, said the team was extremely honored to be named among the high-calibre of winners for the NEWi Awards. This is the second year-running the team has taken out the award for Best Online Video.

“We have long respected the Brokenwood brand and business, so it was a privilege to be enlisted to tell their story. What we created was something beautiful,” Ms Howard said.

“We were honoured to work with Iain Riggs and the entire Brokenwood crew who toiled around the clock during harvest.

“We’d also like to dedicate this film to Brokenwood’s long standing Vineyard Manager, Keith Barry who oversaw 23 vintages and sadly passed away not long after we finished filming.”

The “NEWis” – an acronym for New Ideas plus Innovation – are the leading regional awards celebrating digital innovators and have traditionally recognised entrepreneurs and businesses in regional Australia.

View the Brokenwood Wines marketing film here.

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