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Roll down to the Bicycle Film Festival

Posted at 10:00 am, October 3, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London

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Whether you are a weekend cruiser, a BMX bandit or a cleated up Lycra loon, the Bicycle Film Festival has something for you. Celebrating a decade of bike-based film fun; the festival is back at the Barbican with a great selection that will send you spinning.

Born in New York, this festival is now a global event that travels to over 25 cities worldwide to bring together the global cycling community. The schedule includes feature films, a shorts (cycling shorts, get it?) programme that includes cinematic, BMX and urban bike sessions, and documentaries from all over the world.

The festival will also be showcasing other facets of bicycle culture with accompanying events, including a cycling symposium presented in partnership with TfL, women’s track racing at Herne Hill Velodrome, a bike polo tournament and a Sunday cycle. Jude Brosnan

Here’s our pick of the programme:

‘Moon Rider’

A coming-of-age film about Danish cyclist Rasmus Quaade. Shot on Super 8 film and a helmet camera, this is an honest and heartbreaking picture of the extreme and lonely life of a young championship rider.

Ciclo

Two Mexican brothers retrace their cross-continental bike journey they did 56 years previously in an exploration of memory, the cycle of life and the steady passage of time.

Wadjda

An enterprising Saudi girl wrestles gender and cultural stereotypes as she finds ways to raise money to buy the green bicycle that has captured her heart.

Bicycle Film Festival will take place October 3-6. All film screenings are held at Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS. For full schedule and tickets see: barbican.org.uk/film 

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