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A feast of short films devoted to the bicycle is touring Scottish screens for the first time, reaching Fort William on September 22.
The Big Bike Film Night is a collection of international movies specifically selected in New Zealand by Brett Cotter, whose vision is to ‘share the best cycling short films from around the world’.
‘The dynamic concept showcases the colourful array of cycling genres with films from the unforgiving shores of the Faroe Islands to the urban neighbourhoods of Auckland, to an epic bike-rafting expedition, with a selection offering plenty of appeal and thrills for pedal patrons and movie goers,’ said the Scottish festival’s organiser Ollie Hawkley, who moved to Scotland from New Zealand a year ago.
‘We search for the very best cycling short films that inspire and tell a story. Our collection has something for everyone, whatever your ride is.
‘You can expect action, drama, humour and plenty of inspiration in the mix with 12 short films being presented.’
This year’s line-up of movies, which remains a mystery until the night itself, includes ‘a part documentary, part fantasy with mountain bike illustrations that will have you looking for your rig and heading down the trail in search of the same kind of magic,’ Ollie said.
Another film tells of ‘two Australian adventurers who rely solely on human power and the forces of nature to propel them through the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Faroe Islands,’ while another shows ‘three adventurers bike-rafting across one of New Zealand’s most remote National Parks’.
One of the ‘outstanding’ films in the 2020 collection, ‘Being Unstoppable’, shows what it takes to compete in Ironman New Zealand, one of the most extreme triathlons in the world.
‘The film follows the passage of three inspiring first timers on their journey, and provides three moving and motivational stories of ordinary participants who surprise themselves,’ he said.
‘Our film festival celebrates cycling in all its glorious shapes and forms. Regardless of whether you are a cycling fan or a cinematography fan, this is something that everyone should see.’
For more information and to buy tickets to a screening visit: www.ridetreeline.co.uk