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.
JJ Rolfe graduated from the Irish National Film School (IADT) Dun Laoghaire with a first class degree, with distinction, in film & video production in 2007.
Having specialized in Cinematography, following graduation JJ went on to shoot a low budget, independent feature film, “Satellites & Meteorites”. Its recent festival run included Newport Beach Film Festival and the Santa Cruz Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. The film went on to win more awards at Rhode Island and Fort Lauderdale and before winning Best Film at Washougal International Film Festival .
JJ has since worked for the Irish National Broadcaster (RTE) shooting series one & two of RTE Dramas “Hardy Bucks” as well working as a Director of Photography on numerous projects.
Hill Street is JJ’s directorial debut
“The Godfather of Irish Skateboarding” opened the first real skate shop in Ireland, “Clive’s of Hill Street” back in 1978. Clive now owns “Skate City” skate shop in Temple Bar. Clive comes from a large creative family that includes both the artist Guggi and the photographer Peter Rowen who is best known as the “U2 Boy”.
Tony Hawk (47) is the most famous skateboarder of all time. Having had a successful competitive skate career Tony went on to license his name to a hugely successful video game franchise. In addition he is a philanthropist and entrepreneur with a significant social media following.