Roller Derby Saved My SoulTo be honest, Kenny won me over to her side long before she strapped on her skates, as the opening scene had her sitting alone on her couch eating popcorn chips (which she generously shares with her audience) and watching a crucial seventh-season episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, wishing she too could be a lone-wolf superhero. Eternally jealous of her uber-talented younger sister, Kenny joins her sis's skating league on a whim, eventually working her way up from insecure newbie to top-scoring player.
Broken Turtle Productions – Ottawa, ON, Canada
5 DATES THROUGH MAY 27, 2016
Length: 60 Min
Rating: 13 & Up – Mature Language
The roller derby rules read a lot like those of Quidditch, and remained equally confusing to me after Kenny's explanations, but no matter – the ecstatic empowerment she feels on the skating track is as invigoratingly infectious as her geeky pop-culture references (like a delirious slapstick dressing sequence set to Meco's disco Star Wars theme) are endearing. Nancy Kenny's Roller Derby Saved My Soul provides all the pleasure of a well-placed hip-check, minus the pain of getting fishnet-patterned road rash.