Off the Beaten Path

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Our screening for September celebrates getting off the beaten path.  For many of us from the first moment we enjoy the freedom that comes with riding a bike another thought occurs – where can I explore ? where will this bike take me ?  As riders have ventured further bikes have evolved to carry them on their journeys.

“Off the Beaten Path” is an adventure cycling film celebrating the journeys we can take on bikes; and specifically focusing on how fatter tire bikes are allowing riders to venture to places cyclists have never been able to ride before. From desert dunes in Nevada to ice tunnels under Icelandic glaciers, “Off the Beaten Path” showcases that we’re not limited to pavement or traditional dirt trails when it comes to cycling adventures.

The fat bike has opened up new places to ride and changed the perceptions, and perspectives, of trials riders, snowboarders and even those just looking for the next big adventure. It seems that as riders, and as people, we’ll never stop exploring the possibilities on two wheels.

Leeds Bicycle Film Club is showing this film as part of Scalarama Leeds (1-30 September 2018) which is a celebration of cinema, for everyone, by everyone, everywhere each year across September.  A month of cinema in which cinemas across the country join together to celebrate watching films together and where cinemas pop up in unexpected places and where classic, rare or locally made films get an annual showing.  For a full rundown of events and screenings showing in Leeds check out the website http://www.scalarama.com/leeds/

Date: Monday 17 September at 7pm

Venue: The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN

Cost £5 in advance (tickets can be bought via the Eventbrite link and ticket price includes Eventbrite fee).

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Premium Rush

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Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day’s work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie – super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who’s used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when his last envelope of the day – a routine “premium rush” run – turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan.

PREMIUM RUSH won’t be mistaken for a complex masterpiece. It’s a popcorn movie through and through, made for maximum momentum and white-knuckle thrills. Make peace with this reality, and you’re in for a ride (pardon the pun), with bike sequences that will place you square at the handlebars of Wilee’s bike, hoping you’ll make it out alive. He’s a lean, mean delivery machine.

Join us for a summer feel good rush around the streets of New York

Date: Monday 18 June at 7pm

Venue: The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN

Cost £6 in advance (tickets can be bought via the Eventbrite link and ticket price includes Eventbrite fee).

The Bicycle

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Our screening for April sees us delving into German art house cinema with a road movie love story from Hamburg director Arne Korner :

Mark and Antonia live a long distance relationship. They are meeting in Paris for a vacation. Antonia is from Canada and speaks no German as much as Mark no English. Communication problems are a natural consequence, the last time together was a long time ago. Vacation in Paris is the final attempt to salvage the deadlocked relationship. Mark living in Hamburg is an amateur filmmaker and takes his Bolex film camera along. He doesn’t want to miss out the summer in Paris. It is warm, the city is vibrating and the vacation starts very relaxed. Life happen outdoors. Everything seems to be fine until Antonia presents a bicycle to Mark. Mark hates riding a bike while Antonia loves it. The atmosphere immediately reaches rock bottom and the old behaviour patterns come back. The vacation starts turning into an emotional wrestling match. There is constant quarrelling between them. The last basis for living together is destroyed. Back in Hamburg Mark decides to return to Paris with the bicycle, the place he received it. Mark rides to the ”City of Love“ with the symbol of a disturbed relationship, the final act and the beginning of a trip.

Date: Monday 16 April at 7pm

Venue: The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN

Cost: £5 in advance (tickets can be bought via the Eventbrite link opposite and ticket price includes Eventbrite fee).

Clean Spirit

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As the Tour de France kicks into gear our July film is the fabulous documentary Clean Spirit which provides an insider look at the Argos Shimano (now Sunweb) team at the 2013 tour which launched Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb into the public’s consciousness.  The film offers an insider look at what it’s like to be on a professional cycling team at the Tour right now following the highs and lows of the team throughout the three week race but, like A Sunday in Hell, you see much more than the race.  Much of being a professional cyclist involves hotel rooms, team meetings, meals and massage and Clean Spirit really gives you a feel of this life and the internal machinations of a pro cycling team.

The film however is much more that simply a behind the scenes look at a team.  As anyone with a passing interest in cycling will know it has had massive issues with doping.  The Argos-Shimano team was launched as a pro cycling team that strives to compete the right way – clean – and the film crew does not shy away in discussing doping with all members of the team and it provides a fascinating inside and raises all sorts of questions around what it means to be clean.  For example caffeine pills and supplements are legal and the doctor hands these out, although some riders refuse to take them.  There are awkward exchanges but it’s good to see the questions asked and the inner workings of a team shown and you as the viewer are left to make up your own mind.  One thing for certain is that you will have a new found respect for Kittel and Degenkolb.

The camaraderie amongst the team is brilliant to see, you share in the success and failure and one of the narratives within the documentary is how the team rally around Tom Veelers who crashes after tangling with Mark Cavendish (very prescient after just watching yesterdays stage and crash between Cavendish and Sagan).  It’s inspiring viewing and you cannot help but admire the dedication, commitment and sacrifice shown by the riders.  Clean Spirit is a great piece of documentary film making and let’s hope that it will last the test of time and that’s it a true reflection of clean racing and a cleaned up sport.  Only time will tell.

Date: Monday 17 July at 7pm

Venue: The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN

Cost: £7 in advance (tickets can be bought via the Eventbrite link opposite and ticket price includes Eventbrite fee)

 

 

 

The Triplets of Belleville

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Sylvain Chomet’s incredible animated feature film is one of the most original films you could hope to see in long time.  Beautifully hand drawn animation brings a touching and hilarious story to life with nods to Jacques Tati and 101 Dalmations along the way.  A film as heartwarming as it is surreal and strange, The Triplets of Beleville follows elderly Frenchwoman Madame Souza as she becomes involved in international intrigue when her grandson, Champion, a professional cyclist, is kidnapped and taken abroad. Joined by her faithful dog, Bruno, Souza embarks on a journey to find Champion, and stumbles across unlikely allies in the form of three sisters (The Triplets of Belleville) who are veterans of the vaudeville stage. Tracking down Champion’s criminal captors, the quartet of old women use their wits to try and win the day.

This Oscar, BAFTA and Cannes nominated film will beguile you from the first scene.

Date: Monday 22 May at 7pm

Venue: The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN

Cost: £5 in advance (tickets can be bought via the Eventbrite link opposite and ticket price includes Eventbrite fee)

Long(er) Cycling Shorts

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Back in October I put on an evening of cycling short films, 12 films none of which was longer than 6 mins or so.  I loved putting it all together and think it went down well and I’ve been keen to do something similar.  As I was researching the films for the first evening there were lots that didn’t fit in primarily due to length so I’ve been looking to put on another evening with a small selection of slightly longer films 10-20 mins each and that’s what this evening will be.  Loosely based around two concepts of build and explore I’ll be showing 2 – 3 films around each concept.

While touching on the idea of explore, it was very sad to hear of the recent death of Mike Hall who was sadly killed while racing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race in Australia.  All the proceeds from this evenings film screening will be donated to the just giving page set up to support Mike’s family.

Date: Monday 24 April at 7pm

Venue: The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN

Cost: £5 in advance (tickets can be bought via the Eventbrite link opposite and ticket price includes Eventbrite fee)

 

Half The Road

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HALF THE ROAD is a documentary film that explores the world of women’s professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female riders face in a male dominated sport. With footage from some of the world’s best UCI races to interviews with Olympians, World Champions, rookies, coaches, managers, officials, doctors and family members, HALF THE ROAD offers a unique insight to the drive, dedication, and passion it takes for a female cyclist to thrive.  Both on and off the bike, the voices and advocates of women’s pro cycling take the audience on a journey of enlightenment, depth, strength, love, humour and best of all, change & growth.

In addition to the international race footage and athlete interviews, the film also follows director/athlete Kathryn Bertine’s quest to make the 2012 Olympics during her first year racing professionally for Team Colavita. Bertine, a three-time national champion of St. Kitts and Nevis, explores the issues faced when smaller nations try to make strides in a sport that has no history of tradition or support within their culture. The title HALF THE ROAD comes from a segment of the film where the president of a small cycling federation quotes the old adage, “Women hold up half the sky” in reference to equality. The documentary explores the idea that, If women hold up half the sky, then the women’s peloton deserves ‘half the road’ of opportunity, growth, support & equality within professional cycling.

Kathryn: “we thought we were making a movie about women’s professional cycling. Then it turned into a film about equality, told through the medium of kick ass female athletes”

Date: Monday 20 March at 7pm

Venue: The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN

Cost: £6 in advance (tickets can be bought via the Eventbrite link opposite and ticket price includes Eventbrite fee)