Revolutions: A Roller Derby Story

Revolutions Roller Derby Story Laura McGann Ross Whitaker

Irish film screening, roller derby demonstrations,  a director’s Q&A, what’s not to love!

Laura McGann’s film Revolutions, which chronicles the Irish roller derby community, and the national team’s rise from underdogs to the World Championships, is an intimate portrayal of this female driven sport during hard economic times.

Produced by Ross Whitaker for True Films (Saviours, When Ali Came to Ireland, Unbreakable), Revolutions was four years in the making.

The film screens at London’s Regent Street Cinema this month, with director Laura McGann making the trip over to meet indie film fans, and fans of roller derby alike. At the screening, the infamous London rivals the London Roller Girls and the London Rockin’ Rollers will perform a skate demonstration.

In 2012, Ireland’s recession had pushed young people out. Surplus to requirement in the world beyond the Roller Derby track, the fast paced & aggressive derby world becomes a haven for determined, pissed-off women in a crippled country. In Revolutions, young Irish women go on a high-octane Roller Derby odyssey in search of a means for self-expression, a fight to be fought & above all a team that needs them. But how will responsibility & power affect the new leaders?

With total access over 4 years, starting with the first ever-Irish team as they prepare for the World Cup in 2011, Revolutions follows this exciting sports arc, capturing the story as it unfolds, fascinating rivalries and observing real character development.

Director Laura McGann told The Irish World: “We had such a wonderful time releasing the film in Ireland, the reaction from devout Roller Derby fans and those who had never heard of the sport before has been really interesting to me.

“Everyone I spoke to saw something different in the film so getting the opportunity to bring it to a wider audience is great”

Irish Film London and Boudica Films have joined forces to host a special screening (with Q&A) on Thursday 28th September at 7.30pm at Regent Street Cinema, London. Tickets are available via:

To find out more about the film and where else it’s playing see the film’s website

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