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The Big Bike Film Night Adds several key cycling films to it 2017 line-up

25th September 2017

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Films to spin your wheels


After a busy year that saw The Big Bike Film Night introduce a new cycling film collection celebrating women cyclists; touring extensively across New Zealand; and conducting a short tour in Australia; you would think Brett Cotter the Curator of this film fest style event is ready to relax.


“Pretty simply, I’ve got a relentless pursuit to find the best cycling films from around the world; and so with this in mind we’re broadening our horizons, introducing a new project - The Big Bike Film Night ‘Feature Series’ to satisfy those cycling enthusiasts that crave for even more bicycle drama“ says Curator Brett Cotter.


“Sharing our passion for all things cycling, we will have a Feature length film programme with screenings in Auckland, Rotorua, Hastings, Wellington, Nelson, and Christchurch over the month of November” says Cotter.


Hailed as one of the best sports documentaries of our day, ALL FOR ONE follows the exploits of Australia’s first professional team – GreenEGDE over its first five years (now team Orica-Scott).


In 2011, as world tour cycling was reeling from the Armstrong doping saga, Australia’s first professional team emerged. GreenEGDE stood out for their culture of integrity, equality and honesty, their renegade spirit, and above all their determination.


Working with Dan Jones - the name behind the team’s popular Backstage Pass videos –Director Marcus Cobbledick has forged a classic Aussie underdog story with a solid sense of humor, turning the Tour de France into a sports doco tour de force.


ALL FOR ONE premiered at Melbourne in July, and won the hearts of film viewers there, picking up the prestigious ‘Audience Award for Documentaries’ at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2017. Cotter says “This film has received some rave reviews including a 5 STAR review from Film Critic Sam Edmonds who said it was “packed with heart, bravery, laughter, and tears... much more than a cycling film”.


“I’m absolutely over the moon about being able to showcase this film to cycling fans here in New Zealand”, says Cotter. “It’s real, it’s inspiring, and it’s fun, exactly what our film-goers want”.


The other film in the ‘Feature Series’ programme is a classic Audax cycling documentary. “For those pedal punters that believe in the mantra ‘epic shouldn’t be easy’” Cotter says “we have the imposing LONDON. EDINBURGH. LONDON. London to Edinburgh AND BACK in just five days”.


This film follows a group of cyclists from around the world on a remarkable feat of endurance. Travelling over 1400 km, a continuous distance many multiple times further than most of them had ever ridden before, the unlikely and eccentric heroes are not only tested physically, but face the mental challenge that forces them to look inside and find resolve they never knew they had, to go one more day.


This classic Audax style race film is supported with two inspiring Bike Touring documentaries; one adventure in South America, and one misadventure in Southern Russia.


The New Zealand Premiere for these films will be held in Auckland at the Academy Cinema Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2017. The award-winning films then go on the road and visit Wellington 7-9th November, Christchurch 10th November, Nelson 17th November, Rotorua 21st November and finish in Hastings 22-23rd November 2017.


Tickets will go on sale from 5pm Monday 16 October 2017.


For more information and to pre-register your interest in tickets please visit www.bigbikefilmnight.nz and join their e-newsletter club.