One strange omission from last summer’s event was anything to do with Mountain Biking. This time there is a high octane, heart stopping, double bill. Bits 3, CKD (Collectively Krankin’ Up the Disorder) is about “a journey with some of our closest friends who inspire us every day on and off the bike.” Kranked 6: Progression “gives the world’s best mountain bikers a challenge: To create the most stunning and progressive mountain bike line and ride it.”
In fact it’s really a triple bill – there’s also a short preview of Extended-Family a new film due to be released in 2007 by award-winning Edinburgh filmmaker Chas Nairn. (Trailer from his last film). (Sunday 4th February at 1.00pm – £4.20, concessions £2.70)
In complete contrast the evening show brings together a couple of bike rides – one a fiction, the other not. Both were made for TV, but the chances are you missed them at the time. A Day Out was Alan Bennett’s first play for television and an early (1972) work by director Stephen Frears. It’s “a beautiful, simple picture of a Halifax cycling club’s outing to Bolton Abbey in the summer of 1911.” Jon Snow Cycles Italy – the title say it all really. The Channel 4 news reader, newly appointed President of the CTC, Sustrans patron and a man who cycles around London to interview people, is seen travelling through Italy on a charity ride. Perfect in a warm cinema on a cold night. (Sunday 4th February at 6.00pm – £5.40, concessions £3.90.)
Monday evening’s films have a Critical Mass theme. (We aren’t blocking traffic) We Are Traffic! was made in America in 1999 and is an important documentary which “chronicles the history and development of the Critical Mass bicycle movement, one of the most spirited and dynamic social/political movements of the apathetic 90’s.” Preceding it is footage by Camcorder Guerillas of recent CM rides in Glasgow. Afterwards there will be a discussion about whether CMs are a useful ‘campaigning tool’ or a counterproductive nuisance. (Monday 5th February at 6.30pm – £5.40, concessions £3.90.)
All films are (once again) at Filmhouse (Lothian Road). You can see ALL the films for an outstanding bargain price of £12 (concessions £7.50!).
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