A poignant exploration of masculinity and adolescence through the lens of skateboarding
“A lyrical skateboard ballet when it wants to be and critical introspection amidst the tumult of family and friendship when it absolutely has to be” - Indiewire
In his disarming documentary, director Bing Liu turns the camera on himself and his two childhood friends, all of whom have grown up together, bonded by skateboarding. At that awkward stage of life - still teenagers, but also adults - they each have to navigate their own paths into adulthood replete with new relationships, responsibilities and expectations.
With their lives in flux, it becomes clear that skateboarding is an ever-important constant - a form of escape and a way to heal old wounds.
Minding the Gap premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the special jury prize, and screens exclusively at ACMI.
Filmmaker and skater Chris Middlebrook will introduce the 6.15pm session on Friday 18 January. Chris's short film #middlebrookvideoarchives screens with every session of Minding the Gap.
- DIRECTOR: Bing Liu
- Duration: 93 mins
- Country: United States of America
- Language: English
- Date: 2018
- Format: DCP, Colour
- Courtesy: Dogwoof
- Source: Dogwoof
- Rating: Unclassified 15+ (Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)