Selected in New Zealand by curator and founder Brett Cotter, the film night has firmly established itself as one of the premier film festivals in Australasia, with the two-hour programme eagerly anticipated by audiences.
While now well established on the other side of the world, this is the first time that the touring collection has come to Scotland, with Deeside-based Kiwi Ollie Hawkley hosting a tour that starts in Ballater and then heads to seven venues across Scotland, culminating at the Eastgate Theatre on 25 November.
“We search for the very best cycling films that inspire and tell meaningful stories,” explained Ollie. “Our latest collection has something for everyone. Expect action, drama, humour and plenty of inspiration with twelve short films being presented.”
One of the outstanding films in the collection, Being Unstoppable, explores what it takes to compete in the Ironman New Zealand, one of the most extreme triathlons in the world. The film follows three first-timers on their journey to provide a moving story of ordinary people who surprise themselves.
This year’s line-up also includes a part fantasy/part documentary told through the eyes of a young Canadian mountain biker; a tale of trees, traps and trails; a beautiful story about the power of two wheels and a community built through cycling; a look at two Aussie adventurers who rely solely on human power and the forces of nature to propel them through the awe-inspiring landscape of the Faroe Islands; plus an epic bike-rafting adventure across one of New Zealand’s most remote national parks.
“These films are a wonderful reminder of why people love to ride bikes,” explained Ollie. “It’s a true celebration of the fun, adventure and inspiration of cycling, whatever your preferred steed.”
The Big Bike Film Night comes to the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7pm, Thurs 25 Nov. Tickets £15, £25 adult and child, available from Box Office on 01721 725777 or online.