The Wolfpack (SWIFF 2016 favourite) director Crystal Moselle makes her narrative feature debut with this winning portrait of the cheerfully boisterous skateboarding sisterhood that lends the film its name.
Back in NYC, Moselle has uncovered yet another inimitable group of real-life New York youngsters, bumping into the larger than life, female skate crew on the subway, whose own experiences have dictated the narrative.
Blending fiction and documentary in a moving coming-of-age tale that follows Camille, an introverted teen, whose life is turned upside down by an all-girl inner-city skate crew and their rival (played by Jaden Smith, here taking cues from the nonpro’s).
With a cool, indie RnB soundtrack and skilful skate cinematography, Skate Kitchen carves out its own style, tearing up the skater bro stereotype and cementing its own mark.
“Conveys the simple, exhilarating thrill of daring to claim social space, and proceeding to occupy it, with defiance and ecstatic grace” – The Washington Post