Collection of bike films to celebrate fun and adventure

Silent Odyssey: A still from Silent Odyssey by David Fletcher, which will screen at The Big Bike Film Night. Photo: Supplied

RETURNING for 2020, The Big Bike Film Night is headed to Southland next month.

Viewings will be in Te Anau, Gore and Invercargill and will feature short films devoted to the bicycle and all who ride it.

It is a collection of international and New Zealand cycle movies specifically selected by Taupo-based “film pedlar” curator Brett Cotter.

The concept showcases cycling films from the unforgiving shores of the Faroe Islands to the urban neighbourhoods of Auckland, to a bikerafting expedition through the New Zealand West Coast wilderness, with a selection offering plenty of appeal and thrills for pedal patrons and moviegoers.

“That little thing that starts with ‘C’ and finishes with ‘19’ may have taken us for a wild
ride, but we’re ‘‘back on track’’ and can’t wait to present our 2020 line-up to Southland bike film fans.

“We search for the very best cycling short movies from around the world that are stimulating and tell a story. Above all, this collection is a great reminder of why we love to ride with films that celebrate the fun, adventure and inspiration that cycling enables, whatever your ride is,” Cotter said.

“Our sixth collection has something for everyone and I know local bicycle fans are eager to see this. They can expect action, drama, humour and plenty of inspiration in the 2020 mix with 12 films being shown.”

This year’s line-up of movies included a part-documentary, part-fantasy with mountainbike illustrations which will have you looking for your rig and heading down the trail in search of the same kind of magic; a story which reminds you of the importance of finding your ‘why’ and with a bike you can find a worthy journey in your own backyard; three adventurers bikerafting across one of New Zealand’s most remote National Parks, all in the mix.

One of the films in the 2020 collection, Being Unstoppable, showed what it took to compete in Ironman New Zealand, one of the most extreme triathlons in the world.

“Our event celebrates celebrates cycling in all its glorious shapes and forms,” Cotter said.

The Big Bike Film Night 2020 screens in Te Anau on Monday August 3, 7pm, at the Fiordland NP Visitor Centre; Gore on Monday August 3, 6pm, at the SBS St James Theatre; and Invercargill on Thursday, August 13, 7pm, at SIT Centrestage.

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