London hosts unusual film festival

The London Bicycle Film Festival will begin on October 4th at the Barbican Centre and will celebrate the mode of transport’s appearance on the screen.

Held since 2003, the festival will feature a number of UK film premieres that all feature bikes and famous riders.

One of the highlights of the 2012 event will be the screening of Ras Tailteann Men of the Ras, a documentary which looks back at the history of one of Ireland’s greatest sporting events – the Ras Tailteann cycling race.

Other screenings include Martin Dwan’s new work Shay Elliot: Cycle of Betrayal, which looks at the career of the pro rider. Visitors in Montcalm London hotels will also be given the chance to attend the world premiere of the Line of Sight, a movie by the famous cycling cinematographer Lucas Brunelle.

As well as screenings, there will also be a number of unusual events involving cycling including the Rollapaluza Roller Race on October 7th, a bike polo tournament, a BMX jam and a cycling Symposium, co-organised with Transport for London, with the aim of discussing issues related to cycling in London.

The festival is on until October 12th and tickets for screenings are priced at £10.50 in advance and £11.50 on the door and £10.50 on the day or £9.50 for concessions in advance.

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, recently announced that the success of the Olympic Games had inspired the creation of a new event in the capital.

From next year, a two-day festival will take place to celebrate cycling. RideLondon will be aimed at amateur, club and world elite cyclists and could attract more than 200,000 visitors as well as boosting tourist spending across the capital.

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