Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Hill Street

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The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Hill Street

Friday, 12th July



Cinematographer JJ Rolfe’s directorial debut, Hill Street, is a documentary about the rise of the skateboarding culture in Ireland since the late ’80s, which began with the opening of the ‘Clive’s of Hill Street’ skateshop in North Dublin. With a sold out screening at this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, this feature length documentary caught the attention of the Irish Film Board. As a result, this Friday 12th sees a new, extended cut of the film debut at the Galway Film Fleadh.

‘We are delighted to have our film in such a prestigious festival’, producer Dave Leahy told Film Ireland. ‘Importantly for us, the Fleadh gives a chance to showcase Hill Street on an international stage’.

In the late ’80s, Clive Rowen, proprietor of ‘Clive’s of Hill Street’, single-handedly progressed the skate scene through the building of primitive ramps at the shop before graduating to a temporary skate park in the Top Hat Ballroom in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin. The film comprises interviews with key players in both the Irish and global skate community and features rare, never-seen-before footage. Hill Street is a fascinating look at the early stages of the Irish skateboarding scene and is as much a wonderful introduction to a rich subculture as it is an exploration of a sport trying to legitimise itself against the backdrop of 80s Ireland.

This never before seen extended cut includes all new footage, including an interview with legendary Tony Hawk.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777 or at


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