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Lock this onto your bike radar Central Coast - The Big Bike Film Night 2021

By The Big Bike Film Night
Archived 18 Dec 2021 - Posted: 18 Oct 2021
FOCUS: Chris Prescott
A feast of films devoted to the bicycle and all who ride is pedalling its way to the Central Coast for the first time with a screening in Avoca Beach on Sunday 7th November 2021.

The Big Bike Film Night showcases the colourful array of cycling genres at hand.  “Our vision with this event is to share the best cycling short films from around the world,” says the New Zealand based Curator/ Film Pedlar Brett Cotter. “We focus on the ‘human interest’ side, and these films are a great reminder of why we love to ride with stories that celebrate the fun, adventure and inspiration that cycling enables”.

“I can’t wait to introduce this film fest style event to Central Coast bike and film fans; Covid-19 sparked a bike boom and with this, Australians are embracing all things bicycle related,” says Mr Cotter.

This year’s exciting line-up of films includes one man’s mission to ride every street around New Zealand, an unusual Victorian pastime taking place in modern London; an Australian female rider who goes back in time to carry the stories of the past into the future; four adventurers bikerafting and riding through challenging landscapes, following the historical trails to and from one of New Zealand’s most significant rivers; the humble story of a BMX Club and their dream of becoming the number one Club in the UK; a film that celebrates the growing, sustainable type of tourism where everyone is a winner, and a unique bike builder who builds off-road cycles that help change people’s lives; all in the mix.

Mr. Cotter says he is full of admiration for all these films, but one stands out in particular, ‘Focus’, which follows Steve Bate, who at the age of 34 was given the devastating news that his eyesight was degenerating. The enormity of this forced Steve to re-evaluate his life and to make every moment count - dreaming big, refusing to let something stand in his way, and conquering insurmountable obstacles. This film documents Steve’s journey as he participates in the Rovaniemi 150, a gruelling self-supported fat bike race through the Arctic tundra of Finnish Lapland, where temperatures can drop below -35°C and with the long hours of darkness testing his limited eyesight even further the race gives Steve one of his greatest challenges to date. “Tired, starting to hurt, definitely type two fun!” enthuses Steve.

“Our 2021 collection has something for everyone and I know two wheel devotees will be eager to see this; they can expect action, drama, humour and plenty of inspiration in the mix including a number of international and award winning films” says Mr Cotter.

The Big Bike Film Night screens in the Central Coast at the Avoca Beach Theatre on Sunday 7th November, 6:00pm. For more information and to buy tickets visit here

This article archived 18 Dec 2021

 
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