Date(s) - 4 Oct 2012 until 7 Oct 2012
Details: Get ready for four days of film, art and events celebrating bikes. Cycling fans from around the UK and Europe will flock to London this October for the Bicycle Film Festival’s ninth season in London, to celebrate the world’s best invention: the bicycle. All films will be screened at the Barbican Centre.
With British cyclists’ continued success at the Olympics inspiring a nation to get on their bikes, it’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to embrace cycling as a sport and lifestyle choice.
Feature film highlights include the World Premiere of LINE OF SIGHT (Dir. Benny Zenga) by legendary cycling cinematographer Lucas Brunelle, and an incredible showcase of two of the best road cycling films from Ireland, including the UK premiere of RAS TAILTEANN MEN OF THE RAS (Dir. Sean O Cualain), which is a documentary telling the story of one of Ireland’s greatest sporting institutions: the Rás Tailteann cycling race.
Martin Dwan’s feature, SHAY ELLIOT: CYCLE OF BETRAYAL, meanwhile, is about Ireland’s first professional cyclist and the incredible events surrounding his career and life.
Also showcasing at the festival will be fabulous and emotive short films from around the world, including: CANDY RIDES (Dir. Jason Giampietro), exploring our love of bikes and how it fits with love itself; BOY (Dir. Justin Chadwick), about love and loss, starring respected British actor Timothy Spall;and the inspirational SISTER SESSION (Dir. Helen Habakuk, Doris Taaker, & Brett Astrid Vomma), documenting the first time women are allowed to compete at a particular major BMX event.
The Festival will also play host to a diverse program of events, including a Rollapaluza Roller Race (Sunday October 7th, Hoxton Bar and Grill, 8PM) the annual Bike Polo Tournament, A BMX jam (October 6th) hosted by Albion BMX mag, and a cycling Symposium, presented in collaboration with Transport for London, delving into new territory with debates, discussions and presentations towards the future of cycling in London.
The Bike Film Festival is now a multi-faceted, global event that will travel to over 25 cities this year, from London to Tokyo, Moscow to Mexico City.
It was created in 2001 to encourage global participation and awareness of cycling and to help promote cycling across all forms. The festival celebrates the bicycle by joining many creative communities, including fashion, music and art, with the bicycling communities – road cycling, mountain biking, fixed gear, BMX, cyclocross – in a shared passion. “Bike Share. Wiggins! Team GB Cyclists!” says Brendt Barbur, global festival director. “This is the biggest year ever for cycling in London and the world.”
More info: www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
Tickets can be purchased at www.barbican.org.uk/film or through the Barbican box office from September.