Documentary gives boost to project aiming to open new skatepark

PUBLISHED: 15:55 11 January 2019

Children using Clevedon's skatepark.

Children using Clevedon's skatepark.

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A documentary telling the story of the Clevedon Skate Project will be aired alongside a popular coming-of-age movie.

Children using Clevedon's skatepark.Children using Clevedon's skatepark.

The skate project has teamed up with boomsatsuma students to create a documentary telling the story of what the team hope to achieve at the Salthouse Fields Skate Park.

The pupils created a social media platform for the project to share its updates and news and will be premiering their documentary at the Curzon cinema this week.

To further promote the event, there will be a showing of Skate Kitchen and a question and answer session with two renowned skateboarders.

Skate Kitchen is a coming-of-age story with a twist, giving an intimate portrayal of the importance of finding your tribe.

The fictional narrative follows a real-life, all-girl skate crew, rolling and kick-flipping their way through New York.

The film, which was released in 2018, came at a time when there was a shift within skateboarding, when the male to female boundaries changed.

The rise in popularity in skateboarding is one thing which prompted the formation of the Clevedon Skate Project.

The project is looking to raise some £300,000 to build a competition-standard pump track and skatepark on the fields.

The campaign, which has just applied for charity status, was launched to replace the park and build one for the town’s young people.

After months of planning, the trustees announced their plans to raise £150,000 for the bike pump track last month.

The Skate Kitchen film will raise funds for the project and will feature a question and answer session with skateboarder and documentary photographer, Charlotte Thomas, and half of Board Of This, a board designer and illustrator, Ash Baigent.

The pair will be talking about their experience in the industry.

Charlotte produced the book Concrete Girls which documents the female skate scene in the UK and Ash Baigent, known as Ash Skates, created more female-centric graphics.

The film, and subsequent documentary, will be shown on Thursday at the Curzon, in Old Street, at 6.45pm.

Tickets, priced £4-5.50, are available at www.curzon.org.uk or on 01275 871000

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