[First filed: July 25, 2008 @ 08:36]
Roller Derby mayhem to hit Canberra!
Event: Canberra Roller Derby Information Night and screening of Roller Derby Dolls documentary
Where: The Front Gallery, Lyneham Shops Canberra
When: Monday 28 July
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Roller skaters, referees, organisers, supporters and sponsors ready to raise some hell on wheels in Canberra.
Canberra Roller Derby League is starting from scratch, we need women keen to skate, men and women who’d like to referee, enthusiastic helpers, supporters and sponsors.
No experience required – we are currently searching for a venue and will run regular learn-to-skate courses and a rigorous, (but fun), training program. We also welcome experienced skaters interested in coaching and helping us build our skills.
[ED – Thanks to emd for finding a good video explanation of Roller Derby]
Inspired by the revival of the historic roller riot in the USA, derby is taking off in Australia. Leagues have formed in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland – it’s only a matter of time before all-girl flat-track roller derby takes off in the ACT.
Roller Derby Dolls
Roller Derby Dolls is a Film Australia National Interest Program in association with Freshwater Productions and the Pacific Film and Television Commission.
In the backwaters of suburban Brisbane, a revolution is brewing. A motley crew of women from all walks of life have a dream: to resurrect the lost sport of full contact roller derby in Australia. They’ve already won over the local skate rink operator, now they have their sights firmly set on the rest of the state and eventually the whole nation.
Filmed from inside the fray of the roller derby bouts, with a cast of quirky characters, and set to a swinging rockabilly soundtrack, Roller Derby Dolls charts the journey of a group of skaters whose ultimate aim is to take on highly experienced American teams on their own turf.