Independent Irish Skateboarding Documentary Hill Street is to receive its world premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2012. The film tells the story of the evolution of skateboarding culture in Ireland from its early roots the 1980s.
The initial driving force behind the scene was a proprietor of a unique skate shop in North Dublin inner city – ‘Clive’s of Hill Street’. From here Clive Rowen progressed the scene through the building of primitive ramps at the shop before graduating to a temporary skate park in the Top Hat Ballroom in Dun Laoghaire, South Dublin. Clive even managed to convince a Powell Team, including the legendary Tony Hawk, to visit the park for a now historic demo.
Soon after his continuing efforts resulted in a leg of the European Skate Championships being held in the Point Depot in 1991. Skaters from Hill Street eventually opened their own full time private skate parks starting with ‘Simons Park’ on Sir John Roberson’s Quay in Dublin. This troubled park soon closed but not before a visit from the then ‘Deathbox’ Team (now Flip Skateboards) including cult skater Tom Penny.
The film follows the rise of skateboarding to the present day and features in depth interviews with Irish Skate forefathers and future hopes including: Clive Rowen, Mike Keane, Rich Gilligan & Keith Walsh and also features never before seen archive footage of icon Tony Hawk in Dun Laoghaire and legend Tom Penny skating a the south quays skate park in Dublin.
The film features a bespoke soundtrack from Dublin native Gareth Averil as ‘Great Lakes Mystery’ and includes tracks by Jogging and Redneck Manifesto.
Check out www.hillstreetdocumentary.com
Hill Street screens at JDIFF on Sunday, 19th February at 18.45 in Cineworld.