Popcorn and beers are in order as this years Bicycle Film Festival is just around the corner. The Barbican is the venue and the 5th to the 9th of October are the dates you’ll need in your calendar. Fortunately, tickets are just £9.50 so you’ll not need to dig too deep to get your yearly fix of occasionally confusing, but always entertaining, bicycle film goodness.
Once the curtains have come down and the audience has finished clapping (Does anyone even do that at the cinema any more?) then it’s off to the after parties. This year the guys from the LFGSS forum have Friday night covered. The Bright Times DJ’s will be providing the music at the Juno Bar in Shoreditch.
Here’s an overview of what is on the rest of the week:
Friday 7th of October
The festival starts with a short film about a bicycle and a sewing machine that fall in love (I bet you never thought a bicycle could fall in love with a sewing machine – how little you know!). Also, it is the 25th anniversary showing of the 1986 movie RAD.
Later in the evening at 9.15 short films take centre stage opening with the now infamous Casey Neistat YouTube hit “Bike Lane”. At the end of the day, New York’s underground bicycle race scene is explored, in the movie Racing Towards Red Hook.
Saturday 8th of October
At 2pm it’s off to Seoul for a look into better bike lanes. The session closes with Sunchasers which shadows three cyclists who prepare for and compete in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
Later at 7pm it’s time for Urban Bike Shorts.
The after party will be presented by MixtMeat and co – details have yet to be announced.
Sunday 9th of October
In the morning they’ll be a bike polo tournament at the SE1 courts.
Women about Women is the midday show featuring all-girl short films. The showing ends with a 65 minute film about Canadian ultra-cyclist Caroline van den Bulk as she attempts the hardest endurance race in the world. The Race Across America.
At 4pm it’s all about falling in love in the movie The Wheels of Chance as well as a set of short films.
At 6pm it’s the next set of short films including what looks to be a very interesting short film about the Trans Ades Challenge. With My Own Two Wheels is the final film of the session which looks at how the bicycle can change the world.
Finally at 8pm it’s all about BMX bikes. With a series of short films that explore BMX cycling from Ghana to Estonia.
The closing party will be at Look Mum No Hands.
I’m going to be heading to a number of the events so if you are there too then leave a comment below and perhaps we can catch up at the festival!
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