Humble bicycle to be celebrated on silver screen at London film festival


The humble bicycle is set to be celebrated at a special film festival held in London early next month.

Held between October 4th and 7th at the Barbican Centre, the London Bicycle Film Festival features a packed programme of film screenings which feature bikes and cyclists as the stars.

Now in its ninth year, the event will feature a vast array of UK film premieres including Ras Tailteann Men of the Ras, a documentary which traces the origins of one of Ireland's greatest sporting events – the Ras Tailteann cycling race.

Ireland is also the setting for Martin Dwan’s film Shay Elliot: Cycle of Betrayal, which looks at the career of the professional cyclist and the various events surrounding his route to the top.

There will also be the world premiere of the Line of Sight, a movie by the famous cycling cinematographer Lucas Brunelle.

Those with a short attention span staying in central London hotels will also be able to see a number of short films from around the world, including Candy Rides which looks at the nation's love of bikes.

Famous British actor Timothy Spall stars in another short film on show during the festival, called Boy, while Sister Session tells the story of the first time women were allowed to compete at a major BMX event.

The packed programme of events also includes the annual bike polo tournament and a cycling Symposium presented by Transport for London. Held on 12th October, the symposium features debates and talks about the future of cycling in London.

Tickets for screenings are priced at £10.50 when purchased online and £11.50 on the door. Barbican members can get tickets for £8.40 online and £9.20 on the door. Concessions can go for £9.50 if they purchase tickets online or £10.50 if they buy tickets on the door. Under 15s go for just £6.

Free bike valet will be provided at select screenings.