Storm Riders (2018) is a virtual reality documentary directed, narrated and shot by Shaun Gladwell, Chadnee Shah and Farhana Hussain, who describe the film as an anti-Islamaphobic VR skateboard documentary.
Shah and Hussain crossed paths with Shaun Gladwell by chance in a local skate park and asked him to be their skate coach. The film traces a creative and cultural exchange between the trio while skateboarding together. These reflections are set against the backdrop of living in London in a 'storm’ of bigotry and violence in the wake of the 2017 UK terror attacks.
The documentary explores freedom, faith and feminism through the context of a shared experience, skateboarding, and includes a restaging of Storm Sequence, Gladwell’s much lauded video work made in 2000.
Rated G: contains adult themes due to the discussions in the film about terrorism. Manufacturers advise caution for children under 12 when using VR headsets. Please use your discretion for your child’s participation in this activity.
Courtesy the artist, BADFAITH and Anna Schwartz Gallery.