On The Cusp, Longlist - Short Film

Athena Skates

Elliott Gonzo

Perfidious Productions

As Athens tentatively emerges from a decade of chaos, a group of feminist roller skaters are fighting for space in their city. This generation of young Greeks grew up with few opportunities — but this taught them a valuable lesson: if you want to follow your passion, you have to do it yourself. While support and infrastructure for young people fell victim to the crisis, the girls are using roller skating to create their own community and express themselves. So, put your skates on and let us take you on a journey through the hidden skate spots and urban wastelands which puncture this ancient metropolis. In the process, we’ll learn what it means to be a young woman in Greece today and why finding a way to do what you love — despite the challenges — matters now more than ever. Athena Skates was made for Red Bull Storytellers, a new programme to develop emerging filmmakers. I wanted to present Athens and the struggles of young people growing up there in a way that's never been seen before. What emerges is a high-velocity portrait of a city that's constantly changing, seen through the eyes of a creative crew of young female roller skaters.

Elliott Gonzo is a director and filmmaker based in London, who works on commercial, fiction and documentary work. His clients include Red Bull, Tate Modern, AnOther Man and Nowness. His fiction credits include ‘Sour Milk’ and the forthcoming ‘Yeast’. After a number of documentary shorts, such as ‘Taru,’ ‘Tight(ish)’ and ‘Athena Skates.’ ‘Tight: The World of Indian Bodybuilding’ will be his first feature documentary.