Bicycle Film Festival is celebrating its 9th festival in the UK, a fitting place as it is currently home to the most dominate force in cycle sport.
With British cyclists' continued success at the highest level 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.
The Festival also showcases 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 on the 12th of October.
The Bicycle Film Festival is growing hand in hand with the unprecedented boom in cycling internationally. From its roots in New York, the BFF 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.
For full program details and the most up to date information on the festival please visit www.bicyclefilmfestival.com.
Tickets can be purchased at barbican.org.uk/film or through the Barbican box office from September.