BLOOD ON THE FLAT TRACK: THE RISE OF THE RAT CITY ROLLERGIRLS (Lainy Bag ll, Lacey Leavitt, U.S.). 94 minutes. Wednesday (May 14), 7 pm, Revue. Rating: NNN
Is it a sport? Or is it just theatrics? Who cares? Roller derby is always entertaining.
Watch Blood On The Flat Track and you’ll see just what the performers go through to create the spectacle. They’re smart, outrageous and perfectly prepared to do some damage – particularly to their own bodies.
The film follows the rise of Seattle league the Rat City Rollergirls. Starting out of nowhere in 2004 – volunteers handled publicity, organization, refereeing – the Rollergirls grew to attract thousands of fans drawn by the happy combo of sex (credit the short skirts and hose) and brutality (love those staged fights). The skaters don’t call themselves Miss Dismember, Shovey Chase and Basket Casey for nothing.
We’re privy to the friendships, relationships (this is definitely a lesbo-?loving sport, and the film doesn’t shy away from that) and how the players mix their roller derby obsession with their professional lives. One of the funniest sequences comes when the players tell us their day jobs.
Too bad there isn’t one entire bout to follow from beginning to end.
This movie has everything but tension.
CANADIAN SPORT FILM FESTIVAL Wednesday (May 14) to May 17. For venues, ticket info and complete lineup, see listings, this page, and www.sportfilmfestival.ca. 647-521-4978.