Derby Baby London Premiere

 

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.

To buy tickets for the event:
http://derbybabylondon.eventbrite.co.uk

Watch the trailer for the film here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGWCQQCBJUc

Find out more about the film here:
http://www.derbybabythefilm.com/

Film synopsis:

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
asses.

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
internationally.

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.


For Books’ Sake and London Rollergirls Want You!

Are you a writer who loves roller derby? For Books’ Sake wants your stories!

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Founded in 2010, For Books’ Sake is the intelligent but irreverent UK webzine dedicated to promoting and celebrating writing by women. Providing a dedicated platform for readers and writers alike, they feature books by and for independent women. With daily news, reviews, essays, features and interviews, For Books’ Sake shines spotlights on classic and contemporary writing by both iconic and upcoming women authors, from reading recommendations to in-depth analysis.

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Check out their homepage: http://forbookssake.net/

The fabulous team at For Books’ Sake have joined forces with with London Rollergirls and together, they are putting together an anthology of roller derby fiction.

If this sounds like an interesting project for you, write a story about roller derby – all styles and genres are welcome – and email it to For Books’ Sake (derby@forbookssake.net) by Sunday 28th October 2012. Winning entries will be compiled into an anthology, to be published early 2013.

Full submission details:

1. Submissions must be the author’s own, previously unpublished work.
2. Submissions must be no longer than 5,000 words (there is no minimum word count), submitted as an attachment in .rtf, .doc or .docx format by email to derby@forbookssake.net by midnight on Sunday 28th October 2012.
3. Authors may be based anywhere around the world.
4. Authors of all genders are welcome.
5. Shortlisted authors will be notified by email by early November. Shortlisted authors will be asked for a short biography for inclusion in the anthology, and minor edits to their stories may be requested.
6. Authors retain all rights to their work, however we do request that entrants refrain from publishing submitted stories elsewhere during the submissions period, and shortlisted authors will be required to refrain from publishing their stories elsewhere for a reasonable period thereafter.


It’s all action: WFTDA 2011 Championships Roundup

There has been so much going on in the derby world these last couple of weeks, it’s difficult to know where to begin. The 2011 WFTDA Championships, Continental Divide and Conquer was held last weekend in Colorado, USA featuring the top 12 WFTDA-ranked teams from  around the world. 12 bouts of hard-hitting, nail-biting, high-quality roller derby ensued resulting in a repeat victory for those New York champs Gotham Girls Roller Derby.

On the first day of the tournament the second and third place teams from each WFTDA region fought it out on the track. Kansas City Roller Warriors  played very well taking on the Rose City Rollers of Portland, Oregon and advanced to the quarter final with a close 139-128 win. This is the first time in two years that Kansas  advanced past their first game in Championship play.

In the quarter finals, Minnesota started off with a surprising big early lead over Texas in the first game, but Texas fought back to claim a 141-108 win in the end. Kansas City beat the North Central  region’s number one Windy City Rollers 112-95 and advanced to the  semi-finals later in Day 2. The first day’s victory over Nashville sent the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls into a tough quarter-final match against tournament-favorite Gotham Girls All-Stars with Gotham winning 187-134. The Oly Rollers, top ranked from the West ran away with a victory against the East’s 2 seed Philly in the last quarterfinal game. Oly took the lead in the second jam of the game and never  looked back to win 181-95 and were set to take on Kansas in the semi-final.

On day two, the semi-final  rounds were action-packed with Gotham winning 195-113 against Texas  and, perhaps the most surprising bout of the  weekend, previous champions Oly scraping a win against secret weapon Kansas 124-104. Day three started with  the fight for third place between the Texas and the Kansas repeating the South Central Region Playoffs.  The Texas Rollergirls staved off the advances of Kansas, grabbing third place with a win at 136-112. Texas, which has made an appearance at every WFTDA Championship tournament, grabbed third place while Kansas City secured fourth after a weekend of excellent gameplay.

The final bout featured a battle between former champions: 2009 champions, Oly  Rollers, and 2008 champions, Gotham Girls Roller Derby. Gotham were  victorious and became the first league in WFTDA to repeat a championship  title, 140-97 and take home The Hydra. Go Gotham!!!!


Roller Derby on TV?

Television has fallen in and out of love with roller derby over the years through its various periods of decline and revival. Some would even argue that television was responsible for the declines in popularity of the sport during the 70s, 80s and 90s due to over-saturation of the air waves. However, the sport we know and love today is very different from that of days gone by but it is becoming more of a presence on mainstream television and as its popularity is still rapidly growing internationally, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more frequent appearances in the near future.
These are all the roller derby mainstream TV moments I could find to date:
  • Roller derby was incorporated into the plot of the 27th episode of “The Untouchables” in 1960
  • The sport was featured in the 14th episode of the animated TV series “The Addams Family” in 1973
  • In the early 1970s, a roller derby participant was depicted in the children’s program ZOOM, in a segment called “As the World Zooms.”
  • In September 1973, “Bailey’s Comets”, an animated series on CBS featured a 6 member (3 male, 3 female) roller derby team involved in an international race against other, rather bizarre teams for a $1 million cash prize
  • Roller derby made an appearance in the 12th episode of the TV series “Charlie’s Angels” in 1976
  • It was also shown in the 87th episode of the TV series “The Six Million Dollar Man” in 1977
  • In 1978, NBC produced a short-lived TV sitcom called The Roller Girls which featured the exploits of a fictional all-female roller games team, the Pittsburgh Pitt
  • Roller derby made an appearance in an episode of the TV series “Laverne & Shirley”
  • It was also shown in the 22nd and 117th episodes of the TV series “Fantasy Island” in 1978 and 1982
  • The 10th episode of the TV series “Room for Two” in 1982
  • The 31st episode of “The Fall Guy” in 1982
  • The 45th episode of the TV series “It’s a Living” in 1986
  • My personal favourite roller derby TV appearances were the 30th and 49th episodes of the TV series “Clarissa Explains It All” in 1992 and 1993, where Clarissa’s best friend Sam’s mother was a skater in a roller derby league, which was why she was never at home and Sam was always hanging out at Clarissa’s house
  • In 1999, roller derby players were guests on the 62nd episode of “The Martin Short Show”
  • the 17th episode of the animated TV series “George and Martha” in 2000
  • In 2004, roller derby players were featured in episode 8 of the trading-places-themed reality TV series “Switched Up!”
  • Roller derby was featured in the 181st episode of the “King of the Hill” animated TV series in 2005
  • Also in an episode of the TV series “CSI: NY” in 2005
  • In 2005, roller derby players were featured in episode 25 of the trading-places-themed reality TV series “Average Joe”
  • In 2006 the A&E Network premiered “Rollergirls”, a reality TV show consisting of 13 one-hour episodes featuring the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls
  • The 3rd episode of the TV series “The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman” in 2006 included roller derby skaters
  • The 32nd episode of the TV series “Family Business” featured roller derby in 2006
  • In 2006, members of the L.A. Derby Dolls appeared in a roller derby-themed stunt on the comedic stunt show “Wildboyz” on MTV2, in a roller derby-themed challenge on the reality TV dating show “Next” on MTV, and in a roller derby feature in the first episode of “Sucks Less with Kevin Smith” on mtvU
  • In 2006 and 2007, members of roller derby leagues appeared in a roller derby-themed TV commercial for Right Guard deodorant and another for Aleve pain reliever.
  • In 2007, members of the L.A. Derby Dolls appeared in a roller derby-themed challenge on the reality TV show “The Biggest Loser” on NBC
  • Two episodes of the reality TV show “Trading Spaces” featured members of roller derby leagues
  • In 2008, members of the L.A. Derby Dolls appeared in roller derby-themed challenges on the reality TV dating shows “Rock of Love 2 with Bret Michaels” on VH1 and “Date My Mom” on MTV.
  • The 38th episode of the TV series “Psych” in 2008 featured roller derby
  • As did the 14th episode of the U.S. version of the TV series “Kath & Kim” in 2009
  • In 2010, Gotham Girls’ Miss American Thighs starred in a TV commercial for Cheerios
  • In 2011, an episode of CMT’s “Made” featured a member of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls training someone new to the sport
  • Inside Out West on BBC 1 featured UK roller derby league Severn Roller Torrent