Skate Kitchen + WOW Exeter Panel Discussion
Fri 12 October. 7:30pm
£7 / £5 wow ticket holders and under 25s
Dir. Crystal Moselle
100 mins | 2018 | USA
The latest feature film from the director of The Wolfpack, Skate Kitchen follows shy 18-year-old skateboarder, Camille. Camille lives on Long Island with her mother. On Instagram she discovers ‘The Skate Kitchen’, an all girl skateboarding crew from New York. Quick to recruit Camille as part of their gang they start featuring her in trick videos and expose her to a wild life she’s never experienced. For the first time, she feels acceptance and support from other girls. However, she soon learns the complexity of friendship when she befriends a boy from a rival group of skaters.
Director Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack) immersed herself in the lives of the skater girls and worked closely with them, resulting in the film’s authenticity, which combines poetic, atmospheric filmmaking and hypnotic skating sequences.
Skate Kitchen precisely captures the experience of women in male-dominated spaces and tells a story of a girl who learns the importance of camaraderie and self-discovery.
WOW EXETER PANEL DISCUSSION
The screening will be followed by a special post-screening panel discussion in partnership with WOW Exeter. The panel will feature:
Sophie Hellyer is a surfer and writer who divides her time between the Atlantic coast of Ireland, Devon and London. She is also a cold water swimmer, environmentalist, feminist, producer, model and public speaker who feels more at home in the water than on land.
Previously an English and British Champion surfer, Sophie is passionate about creating positive social change: this can be seen in her proactive approach towards protecting our oceans and empowering women. She is determined to lead a much-needed overhaul to the visual narrative of surfing, fostering a more healthy, diverse and inclusive sporting culture. Sophie is also an ambassador for a Girls Only surf and yoga camp.
Dani is a British-Palestinian skater and academic, whose work explores the social and cultural impact of skateboarding in conflict zones.
Usually working in site-responsive ways, Dani has come to understand skateboarding (and its relationship to DIY aesthetics, gender, play and urban spaces) as a persistent backdrop to the range of things she does. As well as being an ambassador for the UK charity Skatepal she makes and curates performances, mentors, consults, and writes about performance, art and skateboarding. Dani also delivers skateboarding workshops.
Kate is a roller skater & business owner running Momma Trucker Skates on Cowick Street in Exeter. Having skated since she was around 5 years old, Kate eventually joined a local roller derby team not long after getting out of an abusive relationship. Kate competed with the team for 5 years and has experienced the highs & lows of female team sports. She has since become an advocate for standing up to bullying & discrimination within the sport of roller derby.
Kate also runs a local class teaching children and adults to roller skate and has set up the Exeter chapter for the global Chick in Bowls organisation, which aims to get more people on skates & in the skate parks. The entire motivation is to encourage and inspire quad skaters to visit their local skate park and to make quad skating accessible and interesting.