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Hill Street

HD   NR Closed Captioning

JJ Rolfe

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About the Movie

Hill Street looks at the evolution of skateboarding culture in Dublin since the late 1980s up until today. 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 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. Clive later managed to convince the Powell Peralta Bones Brigade Team, including the legendary Tony Hawk, to visit the skate park for a now historic demo. The film comprises interviews with key players in both the Irish and global skate community and features rare, never-seen-before footage. A fascinating look at the early stages of the Irish skateboarding scene that 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.


Customer Reviews

Great Documentary

Very intersting documentary on the history of skateboard....very fascinating to see how this skate culture went to Europe.

Hill Street Nostalgia

Great film documenting the co-evolution of the skate scene in the US and Ireland. The value of Clive's skate shop in providing an alternative venue for skaters in Dublin from the 1980s and 1990s is especially valuable in demonstrating how a few key leaders can help shape a culture. Before the internet, by word of mouth, magazines, and rare celebrity visits, a skate cluture developed that provided a physical and social outlet for kids who didn't find affinity in football, but could devote lifetimes to perfecting the perfect ollie on Baggot Street. How will the next generation find their tribe?

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