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Skate or Hate

Wendy Huyghe, Domien Huyghe, Dries Phlypo

Belgium

synopsis

In a city where skaters and society fight over public spaces, 16-year-old Sketchy suddenly is the hero: he has found an empty warehouse. “Skatopia” becomes the coolest skate spot in town. For Sketchy and his crew, a dream comes true. Skatopia feels like the only place where they can be themselves and they are ready to pick up the fight against anyone who wants to steal it from them: big companies, police, annoyed neighbours and other skate crews.

But Sketchy has not told his friends that the fight is personal for him and that he initially claimed the warehouse to challenge his demanding father whose company is about to buy it. Sketchy does everything to protect Skatopia, but by doing so, he slowly turns into the person he hates most: his manipulative dad.

Soon Skatopia starts triggering the worst in each character and, things get out of hand. Dixie’s homosexuality is unveiled, Puk ends up in jail, Elena deliberately injures herself and Brush lands in a coma. Will skating overcome the hating?

intention

The "Skate or Hate" characters share a love for skating and hate against the world that rejects them. But they also have inner struggles and experience conflicts between the cool skater and the growing teenager, coping with love, parents, sexuality, drugs. They all wonder: to what extent do I have to
adapt my identity to be loved and accepted?

The skating world is a rewarding mirror for our society. Sexism, homophobia, drugs and identity issues are present, as are lifelong friendships between people from different
backgrounds. The fight for Skatopia is the ongoing conflict that provides the structure and the tension of each episode. Skating is the visual fuel, providing the rhythm, a highly energetic look, feel, and of course guts, fun and humour.

Today, teenagers often feel neglected by adults on topics like climate change and Covid. The skaters, who look and act a bit differently, are even literally chased away.
"Skate or Hate" hopes to inspire teenagers to fight for their place in this world.

Five skaters occupy a vacant warehouse. Their actions turn into a fight with society and themselves.
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Wendy Huyghe

Writer

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Domien Huyghe

Writer, Film Director

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Dries Phlypo

Production

production notes

produced byA Private View
Adolf Bayensstraat 134n
9040, Sint-Amandsberg Gent
Belgium