Films cel­e­brate women on wheels

Napier Courier - - News -

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.big­bike­film­ or di­rectly from the MTG Cen­tury Theatre, along with door sales.

■ Go to www.big­bike­film­ or www.face­ cy­clechic­film­tour/

Women fea­ture in cycling films.

Ac­tion from last year’s Hawke’s Bay Sum­mer Cycling Car­ni­val.

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