Release date11 October 2011 (2011-10-11) Initial releaseOctober 11, 2011 (Australia) Initial DVD releaseFebruary 20, 2013 (Australia) CastSarah Strong-Law , Kim Adams , Rebekah Bailey Similar moviesNBA CHAMPIONS MIAMI HEAT 2005-2006, 2013 NBA Champions: Miami Heat, 2012 NBA Champions: Miami Heat, 2011 NBA Champions: Dallas Mavericks, McFarland, USA, Semi-Pro
TaglineThis isn't just a sport, this is Roller Derby.
This is roller derby
This Is Roller Derby is a 2011 Australian documentary by Daniel Hayward and features members from roller derby associations from Australia and the United States, primarily the Ballarat Roller Derby League. The DVD for the film released on 20 February 2013.
The film follows four Australian roller derby leagues, Ballarat, Adelaide, Canberra and Geelong, over the course of twelve months, and documents the start of roller derby in Australia and overseas.
Cast and crew
The film was directed by Daniel Hayward and features members from the Ballarat Roller Derby League and members from US leagues, particularly Texas Rollergirls and TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls.
Some featured Roller Derby skaters include:
April Ritzenthaler (Narrator)
Katrina "Mad Mac" MacDonald
Haylee "Seven Lux" Hartley
Rebekah "Apocalypse Nerd" Bailey
Sarah "Barrelhouse Bessy" Strong-Law
Nadia "Smartypants" Keane
Michelle "Miss Hellfire" Murrel
Kim "Jelli Knight" Adams
Filmink gave a positive review for This Is Roller Derby, calling it a "gutsy and eye-opening insight into a sport on the rise and the world around it." SBS gave a mixed review for the film, saying that while the first half of the film has "genuine energy", that "in driving his material towards a feature-length running time of 80-odd minutes, Hayward steers into a cul-de-sac, showing longer extracts of the action from tournaments rather than digger deeper into some of the personal stories."