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.
All films need cold hard cash to get made properly and this film is no exception. Rom deserves to have it’s story told to the very highest level of storytelling, from the cameras and equipment to the post production including music and licensing.
Rom is a no nonsense place, and as such we’re taking a no nonsense approach to this. We’ve already got the camera gear and all the equipment, from Sony broadcast cameras to drones. We’ve also got a really experienced team of creatives behind the project and have already shot some great footage and received tremendous support from everyone we’ve asked to get involved.
In 2018 we received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund contributing to the production of the film as part of a series of anniversary activities throughout the year of the park’s 40th anniversary.
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