Produced by True Films (Saviours, When Ali Came to Ireland, Unbreakable), Revolutions is the much awaited feature debut by award-winning short documentary-maker Laura McGann.
Four years in the making, McGann chronicled the Irish roller derby community throughout the Island to create an intimate portrayal of this female driven sport during hard economic times.
McGann’s well received debut short documentary The End of the Counter won the Best Short Documentary Award at the Fleadh two years ago, and now her Feature debut is one of the first films to sell out at this year’s Fleadh. The screening will take place on Saturday, July 9th at 12:15pm and, uniquely, will be preceded by a skate exhibition outside the Town Hall prior to the screening.
Ireland’s recession pushes 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. 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.
Speaking on the project director Laura McGann said:
It took a lot of patience for the characters in the film to stick with this idea for 5 years and to keep allowing me in time and time again with “that ******* camera” and for that I am eternally grateful. This film has brought me on a fascinating journey into an intense and passionate world that is right under our noses. I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with an audience and let people in on the secret!