Transition is a South-sea documentary that was made as a project for my university course,a film that explores one of the oldest skateparks in the UK.
With Interviews from the skateboarders that used to ride it, what it meant to them and how they feel about the park now.
Jake Earwaker - Writer/Director
Micheline Macavoy - Producer
Angus Higginson - Director of Photography
Rob Jamieson - Editor
Brooks Warner-James - Sound Recordist
What first got you interested in find out out more about Southsea Skatepark?
Rob: We’ve both came from areas where there has been old skateparks near us such as, Harrow and Skaterham. So we were both interested in how a skatepark with so much history wasn’t getting the attention it deserved.
You’ve interviewed a few skatepark legends, how was that?
Jake: Interviewing Don was brilliant, he knows everything about skateboarding and he’s such a laugh to hang out with.Barry was Rad too, a really nice guy that we could tell cared dearly about the skatepark and felt really passionate about the topic. John was a real help with the documentary, giving us a load of archive footage to work with.
What eras of the skatepark does the film cover?
Rob: Our film talks about the beginning of the park when it was originally a roller rink in the 1950’s to when the park was officially named a skatepark in the 1970’s and finally through to the present day.
What aspects of Southsea do you think the film captures?
Jake: We wanted to capture mostly how the skateboarding scene has moved away from Southsea and times has changed for older parks such as Southsea Skatepark. We also wanted to put across how older generations have chosen to stay in Southsea as the younger generations tend to come and go and return to Portsmouth later in life. I think the film shows that there are people in Southsea, such as yourself (Strong Island) and Barry that still put effort toward’s keeping Southsea so unique.
How does the skatepark relate to the wider Southsea do you think?
Rob: We used the Skatepark as a metaphor for the entirety of Southsea as we feel like what has happened to the skatepark has happened to Southsea where the “Prime time” has been and gone. However there are still people in Southsea who are willing to put the effort into making Southsea great again by opening new and unique shops and new events for everyone local to enjoy to keep Southsea fresh and interesting.
The film has now been released and already been featured on Crossfire, Sidewalk, etc, how has the feedback been?
Jake: Better than we could have imagined! I still cant believe it got such good feedback. I’m stoked that Sidewalk and Crossfire have put it on their sites, I grew up reading Sidewalk Magazine and I never thought i’d see anything I made feature on such a well known magazine. Everyone involved in the project loved it considering only me and Rob were from an Skateboarding/BMX background i feel they got the learn about the history of the park and the skateboarders that used to go there.
"The venerable concrete of Southsea Skatepark gets some love here, in the form of the documentary ‘Transition’ directed by Jake Earwaker. Featuring interviews with Southsea alumni Don Brider, Effraim Catlow, Barry Abrook, Paul Gonella and John Nicholas, this is an insight into an important piece of the UK skate history puzzle – watch, enjoy and go visit!"
"Transition is a short film that takes a look at Southsea Skatepark, one of the oldest surviving concrete skateparks now left in the U.K. It includes Interviews with a few of our local heroes Don Brider and Barry Abrook, talking about what the park meant to them and how they feel about it now. The documentary was made by Jake Earwaker and it's well worth a look. The skatepark has been such a big part of so many peoples lives over the years, and even though it's seen better days we'd love to see it become a destination for skaters from all round the world again."
Southsea’s magical sea-front skatepark has been revisited in a new web documentary that delves into the park’s cherished history. This park, that is still open today, was an epicenter for skateboarding back in the 80s and hosted some of the most legendary events in UK skate history, from Shut Up and Skate to demo’s from the Powell team, who were at their peak at the time. Get the teas on for six minutes of reminiscing with Don Brider and more locals. The only downside is wanting more!