Nat­u­ral skate

How new in­die film Skate Kitchen took a doc­u­men­tary ap­proach to drama

Empire (UK) - - PRE.VIEW - He­len O’hara

Di­rec­tor crys­tal Moselle broke through with doc­u­men­tary The Wolfpack, but for her se­cond fea­ture she has blended re­al­ity and fic­tion to un­usual ef­fect. she spent over a year just hang­ing out with the skater girls who star in Skate Kitchen be­fore writ­ing and shoot­ing the film, de­vel­op­ing the script with her cast, like an amer­i­can Mike leigh.

“i bumped into them on the train,” Moselle ex­plains. “to see young women with a skate­board in their hand is un­usual.” she sug­gested a film project and they were en­thu­si­as­tic — but she didn’t want to shoot an­other doc­u­men­tary. “Doc­u­men­taries al­most feel like they re­strain me, be­cause i want to in­ter­act with my char­ac­ters.”

in­stead, af­ter mak­ing a short film for Miu Miu with the girls, Moselle wrote a film script based on the gang and then work­shopped those scenes with them. “it’s a se­ries of mo­ments, when ev­ery­thing changes, told from the per­spec­tive of a girl on a skate­board.” the loosely strung-to­gether story fo­cuses on camille (rachelle Vin­berg), who finds her tribe in the skate group de­spite the dis­ap­proval of her mother (el­iz­a­beth ro­driguez).

Moselle shot over six weeks in New york city on the girls’ sum­mer break, cre­at­ing a uniquely pop-coloured, grit­tily themed slice of life. “i just wanted to show them,” she shrugs. “like, you never see girls talk­ing about their pe­ri­ods in films be­cause guys don’t want to hear about that. [But] when we were at sun­dance lon­don, this boy in the au­di­ence said, ‘this is the only film i’ve ever seen that made me want to be a girl.’ that’s re­ally cool!”

cur­rently at work on an­other doc­u­men­tary, Moselle’s not sure yet if she’ll use the same ap­proach again. “i want to tell good sto­ries, and how­ever they get told, that just de­pends on what the story is.” But with con­sid­er­able crit­i­cal ac­claim al­ready for her fes­ti­val show­ings, don’t be sur­prised if we see this blend of fact and fic­tion again.

Skate kitchen is in cine­mas from 28 septem­ber

Top to bot­tom: Kurt (Nina Mo­ran) with some of her skate gang; Hang­ing out in the lo­cal park; Camille (Rachelle Vin­berg) falls for a mys­te­ri­ous skate­boarder (Jaden Smith).

Em­pire spoke to di­rec­tor Crys­tal Moselle on the phone from LA on 19 July.

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