King Skate

King Skate

King Skate is a film that oozes life. The history of skateboarding in Czechoslovakia is a story of a small, everyday revolt against the totalitarian regime. Šimon Šafránek shows us the 70s and 80s era as not always rendered in history books. Its handmade skateboard gave young people a sense of freedom and made them „rockstars” of the streets, but in some cases even world champions in this non-traditional sport.

The director’s rich experience with music video and documentary production is almost tangible in King Skate. Its period soundtrack combines dozens of domestic as well as foreign artists. Moreover, the amount of authentic amateur archive material gives the film a unique historical value.

  • Year:
  • Runtime:
    82 min.
  • Country:
    Czech Republic
  • Director:
    Šimon Šafránek
  • Screenplay:
    Šimon Šafránek
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Jiří Chod
  • Editor:
    Šimon Hájek
  • Production:
    Negativ, Česká televize, Magiclab
  • Sales:
  • Festivals:
    Karlovy Vary 2018

About the Director:

Šimon Šafránek

 (1977, Prague, Czech Republic) is a filmmaker, writer and journalist. In the last few years, he has been shooting video clips for multiple Czech and foreign projects. Šafránek is the author of music documentaries such as The Myth (2003) about Nick Cave's fans or The Land of Cover Bands (Země revivalů, 2016) discussing the popular phenomenon of cover bands in the Czech Republic. King Skate is his feature debut.