A FORMER Ipswich roller derby girl is taking the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet – and handing the young lovebirds a pair of roller skates in a modern adaptation.
Rising derby star Penny “Penergy!” Glasswell has co-written and is co-directing an upcoming feature film, Star Cross’d Jammers, which has a roller derby twist.
Miss Glasswell, who previously skated with Ipswich roller derby league Brisbane City Rollers, described the film as a romantic comedy blended with roller derby action.
The film follows a Romeo and Juliet-style feud between players from two all-female roller derby leagues who despise one another.
But tension is fuelled when the star players from each league fall desperately in love.
The film takes place around a huge tournament – one that the captains of the opposing teams will do anything to win.
Miss Glasswell’s film has relied on donations and the roller derby community to get it off the ground.
She co-wrote the final script and will co-direct the film with friend Michaela Upton.
Non-paid extras helped with filming of crowd scenes at Beenleigh Sports Arena last weekend and many real Australian and international roller derby stars will feature in the film.
Sera “Juke Nukem” Gardiner, who skates for Ipswich league BCR, will play a role and some of the film’s scenes will be filmed at Bundamba Skateaway.
The Skateaway, which is still being renovated after the January floods, will be the home rink of one of the film’s leagues.
Roller derby hit the Australian consciousness in 2009 after Drew Barrymore’s hit movie, Whip It, hit the silver screen.
The sport involves two teams competing on an oval, flat track with “jammers” passing the hips of “blockers” to score points.
For more information visit www.leadjammerfilms.com.