Roller Dreams

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

This film is nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary:

Winner of the 2017 Foxtel Movie Audience Award - Best Documentary

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Kate Hickey


80 mins





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