After joining together to launch the Drew Barrymore film Whip It at the Southbank Centre in 2007, London’s two largest roller derby leagues are joining forces for the London premiere of Derby Baby – a story of love, addiction and rink rash!
London Rollergirls and London Rockin’ Rollers would like to invite you to join them at the London premiere of this fantastic film on Saturday 13th October at the Roxy Bar & Screen in London Bridge.
This is a night not to be missed as award winning filmmaker Dave Wruck will also be joining us after the screening for an exclusive Q&A session.
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If you’ve attended a women’s roller derby bout in the sport’s post-
modern incarnation, you’ve seen it, maybe even smelled it: the love, the
pure addiction that drives tens of thousands of women around the globe
to don fishnets and pseudonyms for the privilege of kicking each others
There’s a perfect storm of D-I-Y culture and women’s empowerment in
the U.S. and around the world, so it makes sense that this latest version
of roller derby would take hold of busy women and their daughters
everywhere — literally everywhere. One recent tabulation estimates
the number of female league-affiliated skaters in the U.S. at over 20,000
and steadily rising, and the first-ever Roller Derby World Cup in 2011
had women from Auckland to Dublin strapping on skates to compete
But how is all this energy and passion evolving the sport? Why are the
skaters and supporters willing to work for free when the numbers of
paying fans are in the hundreds of thousands and growing steadily?
What does it mean for the D-I-Y derby culture that promoters and
sponsors are starting to capitalize on its popularity? Does derby
need a “rock star” skater to catapult the sport into mainstream
consciousness? Is women’s roller derby a legitimate sport with a
rightful place in the sports media spotlight? Or is it merely a fun
pastime where women can make friends and be part of something
bigger than themselves? And ultimately, will derby join the evolution of
similar freak-sports turned street-sport turned professional sport, like
skateboarding or snowboarding?
For the first time ever, the story of women’s roller derby is covered from
both a national and international perspective, as Emmy Award-winning
filmmakers Robin Bond and Dave Wruck take you with them on their
international quest to learn why women’s flat track roller derby is the
fastest growing sport in the world. Derby, Baby! explores the drama,
the friendships, and the addictive nature of the women’s flat-track roller
derby, including never-before-seen bout footage of the international
flat-track roller derby champions.
Narrated by Whip It star and actress/musician Juliette Lewis, who also
appears on-camera, the Derby, Baby! story spans the most turbulent
and exciting time for the sport in decades, featuring interviews with
promoter Jerry “The Commissioner” Seltzer, whose father Leo Seltzer
invented roller derby in the 1930s; and Chuck Morris, President of AEG
Live Rocky Mountains and one of the most ardent promoters of modern
roller derby. The film looks at the many incarnations of the sport since
its invention 77 years ago, and explores the WWF-like legacy and over-
played television coverage of the past that threatens the sport’s image
even today. Also featured are the new “rock stars” of roller derby,
whose charisma and athleticism may be the key to pushing the sport
over the “tipping point.” Super-fans, critics, sponsors, prominent sports
writers, authors and sociologists weigh in on the phenomenon that
is roller derby, and the sport’s organic — and possibly short-lived —
growth as a unique athletic expression of women’s empowerment.