Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
New SWITCHCast episode out now! Click to listen to reviews of 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls', 'Ladies in Black' and more.x
review, Roller Dreams, Roller, Dreams, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Kate Hickey, Documentary




By Jess Fenton
4th June 2017

For people such as myself and even younger generations, roller skating - and in particular roller dancing - is just a retro pastime that seems to be coming back around, yet still maintains (in our eyes at least) a goofy and outdated stigma. By watching the documentary ‘Roller Dreams’, we’re about to get a swift slap to our naïve faces and an education about how it was so much more than a couple of spandex-clad groovsters on eight wheels.

In 70s, 80s and 90s Los Angeles, there were only a few black neighbourhoods in central LA, and one perfect piece of flat flawless pavement on Venice Beach. While the city and its black and Hispanic population was dominated by gang wars and violence, those on the other side found freedom and kinship roller dancing by the beach. It was a form of rebellion, expression and joy. It gave Venice Beach its colour and flavour, and also kept many out of prison and the arms of gangs. That is until time, race riots and extreme prejudicial racism took it all away by the turn of the century. The documentary ‘Roller Dreams’ takes us back to the beginning and the people who started it all - most importantly Mad, the godfather of the movement and his partner Sally.


What starts as a nostalgic look back at a joyous time and place that transformed lives and a humble beach quickly becomes a sad tale of racism, tragic devolution of a city and its people and the destruction of a culture.

In a time when a videocamera wasn’t in the hands of every living person, the sheer amount of footage of these skaters 25, even 30 years ago and the crowds they pulled is a true testament to their impact and why a film like this exists.

To spend just 80 minutes with these people is a bittersweet experience as we can do nothing but sit back and witness how this one man, Mad, transformed and saved so many lives except his own due to his many sacrifices for his passion.

‘Roller Dreams’ is for those who long for the good old days and so much more.

RUN TIME: 1h 22m
DIRECTOR: Kate Hickey
Beautiful Boy - Steve Carell & Timothée Chalamet's family drama
TRENDINGWIN BEAUTIFUL BOYSteve Carell & Timothée Chalamet's family drama
Ghost Stories - Martin Freeman sends a shiver down your spine
TRENDINGWIN GHOST STORIESMartin Freeman sends a shiver down your spine
1% - A gang drama void of stakes
TRENDING1%A gang drama void of stakes
Ladies In Black - It doesn't have the
TRENDINGLADIES IN BLACKIt doesn't have the "Goodes"
The Raft - Smooth sailing
Smallfoot - An important lesson with music to lead the way
TRENDINGSMALLFOOTAn important lesson with music to lead the way
© 2011 - 2018 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Disclaimer | Contact Us