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.
Yesterday at Rom the weather made it feel like we were back skating in 1978 in Dogtown, a great filming and skating session. Also managed to break out the camera and get some great action shots. We’re now on the longest day of the year now though so the nights will slowly start to draw in and we’re on the long slow road to winter…and by then hopefully full on post-production.
A short edit of the May 2016 BMX Jam at Rom.
“You go there to immerse yourself in 40 years of British Skateboard History”.
“Rom today is the biggest, largest, best skatepark in the world to have any kind of historic preservation”.
“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”.
Just received an email from the legend Bob Haro that he’s keen to be involved in the project. So look out for more news on this in the coming months. Very, very cool…
Iain Borden is Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.