5 MUST SEE BRITISH SKATE FILMS
“Every man must make the transition from boy to bloke”
Blokes, a disgusting, guttural, gnarly group of red-blooded men, who extinguish fag butts on tongues, break glass over their heads and skate. Made up of Lammas, Craig Questions, Jake Snelling, Ed Hubert, and Dan Singer, the London-based skate collective got their first bit of love back in 2019 with their debut video, Blokes. Opening with an Eastenders-worthy bust-up, the 30-minute film is every bit as dramatic as Dirty Den handing poor Ang the divorce papers on Christmas Day ’86.
CARHARTT: INSIDE OUT
The moments of stillness are perhaps what best defines Carhartt WIP’s new full length skate film. This quality is likely what will hold the greatest intrigue to the casual viewer, giving glimpses into the mindsets and everyday realities of the skate team. Indeed, the title INSIDE OUT is a subtle nod to this dynamic of spectator and participant, as the film attempts the feeling of both, immersing the viewer in the lives of a skate team garnered from cities across Europe.
Very quickly, however, you are reminded of the occasional benefit of being a mere spectator. Single scenes afford you moments to wince, laugh, and gawp in quick succession. There is no shortage of bravery, grit, or absurdity on display. Occasionally, when these qualities come together all at once, the result is one of pure effortlessness. Featuring the likes of Rémy Taveira, Ibu Sanyang, Felipe Bartolomé, Matlok Bennett-Jones, and Tolia Titaev, the skaters repeatedly contrive to make things look easy. Shot across four cities – Madrid, Milan, London, and Paris – the film’s director Joaquim Bayle and cinematographer Angelo Marques lend scenes a cinematic quality, eschewing the dominant lo-fi aesthetic of skate videos in recent years. Instead, there is a warmth and texture to INSIDE OUT, with each respective city allowed to flaunt its respective color and identity.
40 minutes of retro-style, lo-fi aesthetic footage showcasing Palace skaters tearing through street spots during both day and night. Filmed in the heart of Peckham, South London featuring the likes of Rory Milanes, Lucien Clarke, Benny Fairfax and Blondey McCoy, who walks away like a hero after being hit by a taxi, alongside the rest of the Palace cohort.
Edit by Jimmy Silver featuring the HUF UK team skating in London. Filmed over 2020 to 2021, featuring a lot of London spots free of pedestrians and tourists, a rare sight...
A film by Jimmy Silver for Grey Skate Mag featuring HUF UK riders Tom Delion, Helena Long, Dan Fisher Eustance, Tristan Rudman, Cass Doig and Joel Banner. Guest Skater: Ethan Watkins.
‘Swansea, Cardiff, Nottingham, Birmingham, Telford, Leicester, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Derby, Woking, Bournemouth, Reading, Salisbury, Sheffield, Basingstoke, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Rotherham and Barnsley’ Dan Kreteim answered when asked where exactly they’d filmed this one
Featuring Alex Hatfield, Bear Miles, Curtis Pearl, Jake Church, Stanley Pradel, Kelvinas Litvinas. Created by Dan Kreitem.