Venice Beach, CA, 1984, and the birth of a new phenomenon: roller dancing! The beyond-hip talent draws massive crowds, but politics, money and gentrification conspire to end the dream.
It's 1984 and California's Venice Beach is the epicentre of a pop culture explosion – a "do what you wanna do, be who you wanna be" kinda place. Young people of colour seeking refuge from the turmoil of inner city life flock to the eclectic ocean community to create a brand new phenomenon: roller dancing! The talent and vibrant personality of this multicultural roller 'family' draws massive crowds and influences Hollywood. Check out fancy-footed Larry, hip Terrell, smooth Sally, crazy-legged Duval, Jimmy 'the skating tornado' and poetry in motion Mad. But politics, money and gentrification conspire to end the dream just as it flourishes.
Festival guest: Kate Hickey and roller dancer Terrell Ferguson
Party: Followed by Roller Dreams Party at The Hub, starting at 9.00pm
Winner of the 2017 Foxtel Movie Audience Award - Best Documentary
Cecilia Ritchie, Diana Ward, Kate Hickey
Toby Oliver ACS
Rachel Grierson - Johns, Kate Hickey
James Lightning, Sara Messenger, Terrell Ferguson
Documentary Australia Foundation Award, Politics & Economics, Dance, World Premieres, Music
Production Company: Aquarius Films