A documentary called ‘Hill Street’ which deals with the history of skateboarding in Dublin is currently in post-production. Produced by JJ Rolfe and directed by Warrior Films, the film will deal with skateboarding in Dublin from the late 1980s to the present today. It will include contributions from many legends of the local scene including Clive Owens, Roger Kavanagh, Mike Keane, Graham McPhearson and Wayne Gallagher.
This will obviously be of interest to anyone who has ever skated in the city. My early teenage years were made up of skating the Central Bank, the ESB, Three Steps, the Conrad and the early days of Ramp n Rail every weekend.
It’s great to see a documentary being made about a Dublin youth culture at a time when the people involved are firstly, still alive and secondly, when they can still remember the details. Sadly, it’s far too common that people leave it too late to make documentaries or write books about social history, waiting for the individuals to either hit their 80s or 90s or pass away.