Films celebrate women on wheels
A feast of films celebrating women who love to cycle is riding into the Bay next month as part of the Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival programme.
The Cycle Chic Film Tour was created in response to audience demand for more movies featuring women riders, says Brett Cotter, curator and self-proclaimed film pedlar. Strong in characters and stories, the collection is varied, real, and touching, and will be screening at the MTG Century Theatre in Napier on Friday, January 4, 2019.
“The aim of our Cycle Chic Film Tour is to showcase a captivating selection of short cycling films to inspire, encourage and celebrate women who love to bike.
“At the heart of this is a theme of exploring and pushing boundaries, showing women who are courageous, connected with their bicycle and the freedom that cycling offers,” Brett says.
“This is a collection for the ‘thinking cyclist’, geared to appeal to all types of bike riders and all genders. Our collection has been highly praised by audiences across New Zealand and Australia, and has 11 super feisty, cheerful, empowering films that are here to make an impact,” Brett says.
The cinematic adventure includes a magical journey of colour and creativity by an artistic mountain biker in Canada, a New Zealander who believes in the power of bikes, and how a bicycle can be more than just a set of wheels, the heartwarming Mama Agatha about a ‘community mother’ who runs a bicycle training programme for migrant and refugee women in Amsterdam, a film from big-city America about two ‘bad-ass BMXers’ (in their own words), and Moksha ,a moving documentary that highlights three Nepali women who have dedicated themselves to spreading the joy of mountain biking to women across the Himalayas.
“Women are often under represented when it comes to bicycling, and the reasons for this are complex. What I aim to do with this event is inspire and encourage women to rediscover their love of bikes and the freedom they bring,” says Brett.
■ The Cycle Chic Film Tour, MTG Century Theatre, Friday, January 4, 7.30pm. Tickets, adults $22, under 17s, $16, purchase online at www.bigbikefilmnight.nz or directly from the MTG Century Theatre, along with door sales.
■ Go to www.bigbikefilmnight.nz or www.facebook.com/ cyclechicfilmtour/
Women feature in cycling films.
Action from last year’s Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival.