Rolaboi, Renegade Skater
INTERNAL JOURNEY, COMPETITION, SPORTS
1980s & '90s
MIGHTY DUCKS, I TONYA, WHIP IT
JAYSON SUTCLIFFE: 15 TO 35. LEAD. AUSTRALIAN. ROLLER SKATING CHAMPION. ADVENTUROUS. OUTSPOKEN.
MARK LIND: 40. COACH. VILLAINOUS. MANIPULATIVE.
CHARMAINE: 35. BEST FRIEND. FUNNY. SUPPORTIVE.
From finding a pair of rusty roller skates in a garage, Jayson Sutcliffe went on to become a world champion in his sport. Traveling the world as a teen, Jayson struggles with hiding the sexual abuse by his coach, being bullied and identifying as gay while growing up with three macho brothers.
Target Gender: Universal,LGBT Leaning
Australia, Europe, USA
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: with a Publisher
Publisher: Zeus Publications
Year Published: 2004
Eleven-year-old Jayson Sutcliffe is fascinated with ballet but takes up roller skating as a hobby and gets hooked. By the age of fifteen, he joins the international competition circuit while hiding a dark secret. His coach, Mark, had sexually abused him.
Tragedy strikes at home as his brother commits suicide the week prior to the next world championship. Devastated, Jayson decides to use his grief as strength to endure and becomes the only male Australian to win a world title for figure skating, against all the odds.
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Mature Audience Themes
Sexual Abuse,Sexual Abuse
Plot - Other Elements
Coming of Age,,Meaningful Message,Happy Ending
Plot - Premise
Quest,,Tragedy,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth
Main Character Details
Name: Jayson Sutcliffe
Key Traits: Skillful, Underdog, Adventurous, Aspiring, Badass, Outspoken,Aspiring,Confident,Engaging,Gracious,Insecure,Underdog,Sarcastic,Visionary,Selfless,Modest,Masculine,Lone Wolf
Additional Character Details
Name: Mark, a manipulative master who entered Jayson's life at a young age and groomed him not only to be a champion, but also stole his innocence.
Key Traits: Educated, Manipulative, Outspoken, Selfless, Villainous, Aggressive, Blunt, Crazy,Aggressive,Criminal,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Seductive,Outspoken,Power Hungry,Narcisstic,Funny,Confident,Sarcastic
Additional Character Details
Name: Beverley is Jayson's mother. She devoted her life to her children, but more so to Jayson. When her health was at its worst, it was his sport that gave her a new lease on life and she become a driving force to his success. Having lived a hard and sad life, losing two children and her first husband, she has suffered enormously.
Key Traits: Beautiful, Empathetic, Faithful, Honorable,Charming,Empathetic,Insecure,Selfless
Additional Character Details
Name: Damon, Jayson's childhood, long distance, secret love.. and competitor.
Key Traits: Educated, Funny, Strong Moral Code, Visionary, Badass, Beautiful, Confident, Engaging, Leader,Confident,Engaging,Educated,Leader,Seductive,Sexy,Heartthrob,Masculine
As a child, Jayson has a dream of becoming a world champion roller skater from the moment he discovers a pair in his grandmothers’ garage. At the same time, he is trying to win the adoration of his siblings, who for most part, resent him for the attention he receives from his parents and for being, ‘different’. Sexual abuse as a teen, the suicide of his brother and the many attempts by the sporting body to have him banned from the sport are all obstacles he must overcome to ultimately achieve the goal that takes him ten years on the international stage to do. Based in suburban Melbourne, we find ourselves in and out of roller-skating rinks during the 1980’s and 90’s where bouffants, shoulder pads, handlebar mo’s, short-shorts, sequins and lycra are just part of the norm. A pivotal period in pop culture without succumbing to kitsch. Part of the reasons I believe audiences would want to live inside this world for 90+ minutes, not to mention the music, an integral part of this journey, being based heavily on performance, we use the music of the era as an expression and interpretation of our own space and time.
After finding a pair of rusty roller skates in his grandmother’s garage, Jayson Sutcliffe went on to become Australia’s first and only male world champion in the sport.
What We Liked
● Based on a true story.
● Charismatic lead character.
● Roller skating is a relatively unexplored sport.
● Set in the 1980s Australia, with a glorious retro vibe.
● Spans over more than two decades, allowing for both short and long term
● Sexual coming-of-age, as Jayson eventually embraces his relationships with
● Grief and loss in Jayson’s family punctuated by the thrill of competition.
Melbourne, Australia, early 80’s. Eleven-year-old Jayson Sutcliffe is fascinated with ballet but takes up roller skating as a hobby and gets hooked. A natural talent, he starts to train with the best teams in the country and by the age of fifteen, he joins the international competition circuit while hiding a dark secret. A secret he kept for twenty years in fear of not being able to skate. His coach, Mark, had sexually abused him.
His first world silver medal comes in 1990 under the guidance of a new coach, Charmaine, and it looks like the sky's the limit for Jayson. Tragedy, however, strikes at home as his brother commits suicide the week prior to the next world championship. Devastated, Jayson decides to use his grief as strength to endure but fails to make the top ten. The following year, he returns as the underdog and earns a second silver medal, which he dedicates to his brother.
His victory opens the door to the media in the relatively unknown sport and Jayson appears on national television to promote roller skating. He gives performances inspired by “Swan Lake”, “Phantom of The Opera” and “Dracula”. Determined to achieve his childhood dream in 1995, Colombia grants him not just one, but two gold medals. He is now the first male world champion from Australia, alongside teammate, Tammy Bryant, both making history.
But Jayson has yet to make peace with his sexuality and struggles with the effects of childhood abuse. At the height of his career, he finds love, and attempts to settle down. It is not enough, and Jayson gives it all up to start competing again, this time learning inline skating. With heavy training against all odds and political backlash, Jayson receives a gold medal at the world championships in Germany, nearing the end of a twenty-year career on the world stage.