Hip Hop-eration (2014)

An engagingly fluffy documentary that is packed with moments to smile at, Bryn Evans’ Hip Hop-eration (…) is an easy-to-watch delve into the antics of 30 senior citizens (the oldest of whom is 96) based on a small New Zealand island who are preparing to take part in the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas.

Under the indefatigable leadership of the highly motivated Billie Jordan (…) this bunch of feisty older folk are convinced they will make it to the US (…). As Jordan comments: “You’re all going, even if it’s in an urn,” and while wheelchairs and artificial hips may hamper some freeflowing dance moves these would-be dancers are smart and savvy folk (…). The film smartly focuses on the personalities rather than the rehearsals, and while some are modest about talking about themselves the back-stories are fascinating (…).

There are a few obstacles – money, a partner with dementia, denture problems and a doctor who expressly forbids it – and the footage in Vegas is engaging, but the film isn’t so much about the journey but about the people. And they are inspirational in themselves.

Mark Adams, Screen Daily

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  • Country: New Zealand
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 93 min
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  • Age limit: K7
  • Distribution: Rise and Shine
  • Print source: Rise and Shine

About the director

Bryn Evans

Filmography: Hip Hop-eration, 2014 From Street to Sky, 2008