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.
Iain Borden is Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
20 years experience working in the media industry. Originally an award winning record producer and recording artist. Also ex Rom BMX’er from back in the day.
Simon is a British sports historian, architectural historian, writer and broadcaster and the original instigator of Rom’s heritage listing status.
Sponsored by Benjy Boards in 1978 at the age of 10, retired a year later. Now in his 5th year of a comeback at 48..
Zach Shaw has been on his bike since he was 11-years-old and has made a career out of BMX.