The Big Bike Film Night is pedalling into Matakana later this month.
The annual event is promoted as ‘a feast of short films devoted to the bicycle and all who ride’.
There are 12 international and NZ films on the programme, ranging in length from two minutes to 27 minutes.
They were specifically selected by Taupō based curator Brett Cotter.
“The concept brings the best cycling short films from around the world together with a diverse and exciting mixture offered,” Cotter says.
“Our 2022 collection contains films that are as varied and diverse as you could hope for and speak to us about determination, passion, overcoming challenges and, at its heart, offers quirky, uplifting, adventurous and inspiring stories.”
There is the story of one rider’s colourful adventure through dramatic landscapes to the illumination of hot air balloons, a small Hawkes Bay School’s ambitious plan to create a sustainable way to increase students hauora (a Māori philosophy of health and well-being), three friends’ mission to the centre of
South America on a treacherous 2500-kilometre bike packing and raft trip, and lots more.
Cotter says one film stands out in particular – The Freedom Seat, which follows cyclist and humanitarian Naresh Kumar’s journey from India to Germany, cycling 8646 kilometres on a tandem bicycle called Kindness, informing those he meets along the way about modern day slavery and trafficking.
The Big Bike Film Night screens at Matakana Cinemas on Monday May 23, at 6pm