Synopsis

Rom Boys : 40 Years of Rad is a feature length documentary currently in production highlighting the history of Rom Skatepark, in Hornchurch. The only full size skatepark in the world to be historically listed.

Rom is a unique example of skate architecture from the 70’s and still considered today as one of the gnarliest skateparks in the world; but with the rise of free skateparks and the encroachment of urban gentrification, increasing rents and insurance costs it faces an uncertain future.

This film covers the history of the park and it’s users, from the skaters of the 70’s to the BMX’ers of the 80’s through to the old school skaters, many now in their fifties who keep the park alive today.

In production for over two years and with over 30 people interviewed the film is aiming for a 2019 release.

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“Rom today is the biggest, largest, best skatepark in the world to have any kind of historic preservation”.

Professor Iain Borden

“The pool is the thing above all which is special. But not only is it a pool, it’s a tough scary bastard of a pool”.

Professor Iain Borden