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Whip It

Whip It good with SVRG: Come join us for a screening!

Posted on September 28th, by demonic in SVRG Events. 7 comments

Your Silicon Valley Roller Girls will be out and about for the premiere of the new roller derby movie, Whip It, this Friday, October 2. You'll get to meet us and hear a little about your local roller derby league before showings at the Camera 7 Pruneyard (1875 S. Bascom Ave.,  Campbell, CA 95008) and the Camera 12 Downtown (201 South Second Street, San Jose, CA 95113). If you're interested as a fan or a skater, take this opportunity to catch a fun movie and chat with your local roller derby girls about our amazing sport!

Update: Here are the times. We will have girls at all showings, so stop by for the one that best fits your schedule Bring a camera and snag a pic with a roller girl. We hope to have merch for sale so you ... Read More »

Fact-checking the "Whip It" trailer

Posted on September 24th, by demonic in Media, Roller Derby, Rules & Regulations. 7 comments


The roller derby community is super excited for the debut of the new roller derby movie, "Whip It," directed by Drew Barrymore and adapted from Shauna Cross's novel. The movie follows Bliss Cavender (Ellen Page, aka Juno) as she goes from unhappy pageant puppet to roller derby queen. Barrymore, SNL's Kristin Wiig, rapper-designer-actor Eve, and Juliette Lewis play other derby girls, and Jimmy Fallon steps in as the venue announcer. Daniel Stern and Marcia Gay Harden play Bliss's parents. So far the reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival say it's a fun flick, and Juliette Lewis steals the show.

If you're an SVRG or other flat-track roller derby fan, you may be confused by the trailer: WTF? The biggest discrepancy here is that the Whip It version of derby is closer to its 1970s incarnation, where skating was done on ... Read More »

First pics from "Whip It"

Posted on July 21st, by demonic in Roller Derby. 2 comments

Yes, folks, there is a roller derby movie coming out.You can read about it and see pics here and here. The only thing I can say about the pics so far is: 1) interesting that all the skaters are wearing the same Riedell boot; and 2) there seems to be a dearth of blocker booty. How about a little body diversity? I really hope the movie shows that derby is for women of all shapes and sizes, not just Hollywood figures.

Based on the novel Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, the film is helmed by Drew Barrymore and stars Ellen Page (aka Juno, or, if you're on my couch, Kitty Pryde). Marcia Gay Harden, Kristin Wiig, Eve, Jimmy Fallon, and batshit-crazy Juliette Lewis round out the cast. I get the impression that the movie isn't exactly about roller derby; rather, derby ... Read More »