There’s nothing like a fading pleasuredom to throw lost innocence in sharp relief. It’s been a Texas trademark ever since Larry McMurty wrote The Last Picture Show. In Anthony Burns‘ film, a group of teenagers united by the local roller-rink face up to growing up. To add to the melancholy vibe, it’s set in 1983. Although Skateland sounds very much like Dazed & Confused with added John Waite, the debuting director has scored at least one coup. One of the characters is played by Ashley Greene, beloved of the Twilight set. Written by Burns and Brandon Freeman, who also served as executive producer and second unit director. Music by Michael Penn. Screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Talking Pictures: Skateland’s Anthony Burns