Hill Street premiered in Dublin with a sold out screening in the Light House Cinema in Smithfield on Friday night. The Irish Time’s Una Mullally hosted a very lively Q&A with the film’s director JJ Rolfe, producer Dave Leahy and star Clive Rowen following the screening.
The gala screening which was supported by Red Bull and was attended by many of the cast and skaters in the film, marked the cinematic release of the documentary which will be going on worldwide DVD and VoD release next week.
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.
Hill Street was produced by Warrior Films with support from the Irish Film Board. It is currently screening in the Light House Cinema in Dublin and will be available to buy worldwide on DVD/VOD through the website, as well as via iTunes and Amazon from June 2nd.