Bicycle Film Festival returns to London this November! We’re back with an exciting line-up of shorts and feature films from around the world, along with a host of supporting events and parties. We have a new home at Picturehouse, with the weekend screenings taking place in Hackney and West Norwood.
THURSDAY 22ND NOVEMBER
LAUNCH PARTY (FREE)
6PM - Look mum no hands!
We'll kick off the festival with a preview of the film programme by the festival director Brendt Barbur, along with music from LMNH's very own Lewin Chalkley, visuals from the BFI and free beer thanks to Vedett.
FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER
PROGRAMME 1: THE BIG LANDS (FREE)
6PM - Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch
The Big Lands is the story of a 2,000 kilometre adventure on the Trans-Labrador Highway in Canada, which connects handfuls of communities struggling to survive, and stretches the sense of what is possible on a bike.
SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER
PANEL DEBATE (FREE)
12.30PM - Hackney Picturehouse
With London at a crossroads, this panel will explore how culture can affect policy changes in order to make the city truly cycling friendly.
PROGRAMME 2: ANIMATION
4PM - Hackney Picturehouse
A rich collection of animated films about the bike, curated by acclaimed filmmaker and animator Lucinda Schreiber, who created the artwork for this year’s festival. Includes a rare screening of Michaël Dudok de Wit’s Oscar-winning animation Father and Daughter from 2000.
PROGRAMME 3: CINEMATIC SHORTS
6PM - Hackney Picturehouse
An inspiring programme that examines the cultural context of cycling. From a brief history of the bicycle, to ghost bikes in New York; explore the significance of the bicycle in communities around the world.
PROGRAMME 4: URBAN BIKE SHORTS
8PM - Hackney Picturehouse
Short films documenting urban bike communities in cities around the world, from alley cat races in Canada to young people finding an escape from gang violence in London. Includes Bear (2011) by Nash Edgerton, nominated for Palme d’Or for best short film at Cannes.
AFTER PARTY (FREE)
8PM till late! - Number 90 Bar & Kitchen
Following a day of screenings at Hackney Picturehouse, get on down to Number 90 for an evening of music and good vibes until the early hours.
SUNDAY 25TH NOVEMBER
GRAVEL RIDE (FREE)
8AM - London Velo, Deptford
An autumn adventure that goes off road in Kent. Starting at London Velo in Deptford, riders will head south into the hills for a challenging gravel ride that finishes at West Norwood.
PROGRAMME 5: WORLDWIDE CYCLING SHORTS
2PM - West Norwood Picturehouse
The opening programme on Sunday brings together a set of short films that showcase the bicycle as a force for good. From the story of Dhaka’s only female rickshaw driver, to the quest of three Nepalese women spreading the sport of mountain biking; witness some amazing tales of human endeavour on two wheels.
PROGRAMME 6: CYCLE SPORT SHORTS
4PM - West Norwood Picturehouse
A set of films exploring the sport of cycling in its various forms. From an incredible mind-bending neon themed night ride by professional mountain bikers, to the thrilling account of the Tour du Rwanda soundtracked with Fela Kuti.
PROGRAMME 7: MOSER - DARE TO WIN
6PM - West Norwood Picturehouse
Francesco Moser is still the Italian cyclist with the greatest number of victories; a legend on two wheels, born and raised in Trentino but renowned all over the world. The team making the documentary dedicated to his amazing career followed his progress over the course of a year, on his familiar terrain.
PROGRAMME 8: BICYCLE THIEVES - 70TH ANNIVERSARY
8PM - West Norwood Picturehouse
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Vittoria De Sica’s masterpiece of Italian neorealism. Set in post-war Rome, it follows the misfortunes of down-on-his-luck Antonio and his young son.
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