Directed by Stella Asia Consonni
Every week on average 84 men take their own lives in the UK.
Skate Rats Have Hearts is aimed to raise awareness about men’s mental health.
It is an intimate look on how can men move past emotional repression and open up to difficult conversations.
Inspired by Ben Raemers, British professional skateboarder that took his own life in
May 2019, the project wants to be a liberating piece.
Rooted in the skateboard culture, the film explores the tender and vulnerable side of young men that dedicate their life to skateboarding, in contrast with their lifestyle that requires them to be and act tough at all times.
Skate Rats Have Hearts celebrates how introspection and feelings of dejection can be transformed into raw and youthful energy.
Skate Rats Have Hearts has been shortlisted at Berlin Commercial 2021, Berlin Fashion Film Festival 2021, Fashion Film Festival Milano 2020.
Director of photography: Kryzstof Trojnar @ Lux
Script: Sophie Leseberg Smith
Edit: Laura Cairney-Keize @ MSE
Grade: Tim Smith @ Cheat
Sound: Jack Hallett @ Factory
Stylist: Thomas Liam Davis
Hair: Iris Onufrienko
Make-up: Yulya Zalesskaya
Set-design: Zoya Varenitsa, Masha
Stills assistant: Mariia Pavliuk
Styling assistant: Irina Poleshuk
Models: Liam Gardner
Sasha Popruga ; Vlad Tyumentsev @ Cat-B agency, Ivan Osha @ Cat-b Agency; Dirty Morty; Peter (Germes) Belkin
VO actor: Joshua Riley
Casting, local production: Baby Production
London Production: Object & Animal