Local firm Sprott’s crafts film prize, in steel
HEART of Gold film award winners will take home a unique trophy made right here in Gympie by local business Sprott's Stainless Steel.
Supplying the awards is a major achievement for Eric and Kayley Sprott, whose steel fabrication business has weathered tough times.
The custom Gold Heart awards were made with a state-of-the-art water jet cutter, a $250,000 investment for the Sprott's, but incessant flooding set operations back and nearly cost the Sprott's their business.
"We are proud to donate these awards and excited that our little piece of artwork will go overseas with winning film makers," Kayley said.
"Sprott's is in its 10th year and it's been our hardest. We did it tough with the floods to the point where we thought we'd give it a miss.
"To be back on our feet enough to be able to support a community event like this - well we are really proud of that personally."
Sprott's is a big supporter of the Gympie community and the Heart of Gold, having made the 2011 awards - a steel chook.
This year Eric modified the new Heart of Gold logo, a patchwork heart held in a pair of hands, and the result is a keepsake that award-winning filmmakers will no doubt treasure.
"We would have made it out of gold for the Heart of Gold, but the next best material was stainless steel," Eric said.