Hip Hop Eration Film Review

Film Review by Clint Randall
Hip Hop-eration

The Premise
HIP HOP-ERATION is a feel-good, musical extravaganza – a 90min cinematic comedy full of truly unforgettable Kiwi characters that celebrates the dogged will to live for a group of Waiheke senior citizens, while exploring society’s perceptions of the elderly. An unlikely last hurrah, for an eclectic group of elderly retirees? All thirty-nine crewmembers will be dancing at the 2013 World Hip Hop dance champs in Las Vegas Nevada!

The Review
Firstly I think it's important that this review be prefaced with the fact that I'm 29 and male. I went into Hip-Operation with low expectations hearing that it was about a bunch of senior citizens trying to form a 'crew' and very quickly into the film changed my tune! It took me on an emotional journey that had me thinking of all the people that I know would love it. It's a story that reminds us that age really is only a number and that you're never to old to dream. The film gives you an insight into the long and trying lives of some of the most colourful 'old' people you'll ever meet and has several legitimate laugh out loud moments that are delivered in an unaware and oblivious way- "This pill slows my heart down...I'm too scared to take two, in case it stops altogether."

The Verdict
It's a story that'll make you leave feeling different to the way you walked in...and don't be surprised to find your eyes glassing over as you discover how much you might just have in common with those that are doing life a little slower than the rest of us.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 25th September 2014
Rating: PG - Contains offensive language
Duration: 93 minutes 
Genre:  Documentary
Starring: Actors
Director: Bryn Evans (From Street To Sky)

The Extras
The Hip Op-eration Crew is: The World’s Oldest Dance Group (Guinness World Records, 2014).

The Mega Crew hip hop dance troupe consists of 23 senior citizens aged between 67 and 95 years old. All Crew members are neighbours and live on Waiheke Island, a small island off the East coast of New Zealand in the South Pacific.

The motto of The Hip Op-eration Crew is RHY = Respect and Honour Youth.

Hip Hop dance is a vehicle to not only form stronger connections with our young people but to also promote attitudinal change in our society; towards both aged persons and youth.

The group performed at the World Hip-Hop Championship Finals in Las Vegas (11th August 2013), competed in the New Zealand National Hip Hop Championships (2013 & 2014) and have been featured in the news media all over the world from the front page of the Wall Street Journal to the BBC News in Europe to Chinese, American and Australian primetime television. They have become an internet sensation and are also the subject of a 95 minute feature documentary film due to be released in cinemas in NZ on 25th September 2014 before being released internationally. 

The Hip Op-eration Crew members include 4 people who use mobility aids, 11 members in their 80s and 90s, many people who are deaf, and one member who is legally blind. The average age is 80 years old and there are five men and 18 women in the Crew.

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