Hip Hop and Holiness is a short film on the life of Australian artist Matthew ‘Mistery’ Peet, who began break dancing, rapping and painting graffiti in the early 1980’s. The film explores the history of graffiti and how faith and hip hop culture intersect.
Starting out as a secular graffiti writer, Mistery found faith at age 18 and continued to paint graffiti and murals that brought a huge following and respect across the globe. He is now an accomplished artist with a successful career focused on community work. He teaches young artists, is the founder and a leader of the ‘hip hop church’ Krosswerdz, and Associate Pastor at The Embassy church in western Sydney.
This documentary reveals one of the most unconventional and compelling stories of Australian art. Find out how Mistery has drawn upon his Jewish heritage, urban street culture and faith in God to create the first-rate rhymes and incredible graffiti that have shaped Australian hip hop culture.
Winner of 'Best Emerging Australian Director' in the short film category at 2017 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and in the official selection of the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC.
Directed, shot & edited: Bella Ann Sanchez
Drone camera: Adam Dionisio
Production Assistant: Hilary Park
Music: Mistery, Brethren, Apollo Creed, Evan Peet, Just Me, MC Bigcow and Oakbridge
Sound mixing & audio repair: Jarad Avnell
Israel footage supplied by Mistery & Videoblocks