Film Screening
This ain't California

This ain't California - Film Still
© Harald Schmitt

New Plymouth, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Director: Martin Persiel, HD CAM SR, colour, 99 mins, 2011/12
Berlin 2011: Old friends from the GDR reunite at the funeral of Denis Paraceck, a.k.a. “Panic”, and reminisce about the past: Skateboarding was their great passion; Denis would perform unbeatable daring feats on his skateboard (“roller board” was the official name in the GDR). In many small episodes, the eighties are summoned back to life, a time in which skateboarders were viewed as outsiders - cheerful, defiant and removed from the state and its economic plans. Alexanderplatz in East Berlin was the centre of it all. Here they were observed by amazed or even alienated viewers as they honed and demonstrated their skills. 
This ain't California tells the story of an anarchistic subculture during socialism.


New Plymouth, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Len Lye Centre
42 Queen St
New Plymouth