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Bristol’s Bike Film Festival, Cyclescreen, returns this August

We’re excited about the return of Bristol’s Bike Film Festival, Cyclescreen, to the Watershed from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 August. Now in its second year, the festival will celebrate the social and environmental benefits of the beloved bicycle for the people of Britain. And it’ll explore the part Bristol and the southwest has played in Britain’s cycling evolution through the founding of the national cycle network.

The programme has something for everyone, with documentaries and talks exploring cycling’s history, its sporting dramas, its inspirational women, its affinity with adventure and creativity.

Films and talks with Bristol connections:

Bicycle: A Great British Movement (Thu 20 Aug 18:00)
A documentary exploring cycling in the UK from its birth in the Victorian era to today’s boom, with a look at the success of the Bristol to Bath railway path. Bicycle will be followed by a Q&A with Sustrans Founder John Grimshaw, Sustrans Regional Director for the South West Ian Barrett and cycling advocate and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations, David Sproxton.

Dummy Jim (Sun 23 Aug 17:00)
A recreation of deaf James Duthie’s journey from Scotland to the Arctic Circle and back starring Bristolian deaf actor and filmmaker Samuel Dore.

The Printing Bike Project (Sun 23 Aug 13:00)
The story of Nick Hand of Bristol’s the Letterpress Collective and Robin Mather of the Bicycle Academy riding their custom-made bicycle to Mainz in Germany, the spiritual home of the printing press, and carrying out their trade along the way.

Also particularly recommended:

Who is Dervla Murphy? + Come on Eileen (Thu 20 Aug 20:30)
A double bill featuring the hugely inspiring travel writer and explorer Dervla Murphy and a first-hand account of pro-cyclist Eileen Sheridan’s remarkable story, including her epic journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats and on to take the 1,000 mile record that stood for 48 years.