Leeds Bicycle Film Club @ The Reliance, Leeds
Monday evening (19th October) saw the third meeting of the Leeds Bicycle Film Club at the Reliance, Leeds. The monthy event, celebrating the humble bicycle through film, is gathering
a bit of a following. For Ian Street, its founder, the idea was simple and organic. He explains, 'Films and bikes have things in common for me; escapism, adventure, exploration, freedom of expression, fun and laughter. I love riding bikes and watching films,
so got thinking 'what better than to combine the two and create a Bicycle Film Club?" Ian is not alone and, over the weeks, the club has attracted cyclists and film lovers alike.
'The aim,' he goes on, 'is to show films, documentaries and shorts that
are themed around the bike. Some might have a loose connection, in others the two wheels will be the star, but all should make for a good evening out'.
Those attending the launch night in August saw a screening of Peter Yates' 1979 masterpiece "Breaking
Away" - a celebration of Italian cycling in working class Indiana. Last month, "Rising From Ashes", a film celebrating the rise of cycling in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, was shared. Both were fantastic choices by Ian, to really establish the monthly
event and show the real diversity available within the theme. Monday saw another great in "Wadjda". This groundbreaking and multi-award-winning Saudi-German film, was written and directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, a female director and shot entirely in Saudi Arabia.
The venue, The Reliance in Leeds, is wonderful. Their 'Little Reliance Cinema', with 25 seats, is perfect for such an event and enables those attending to take full advantage of everything on offer - excellent food, wine, beer and atmosphere - in addition
to the film. It makes for a really social Monday evening out.
The Club is run entirely on a 'not for profit' basis, with ticket prices simply covering the cost of the license to screen each film.
In Ian's words, "Just good people, good films,
good times. I hope you’ll come along for the ride".
For more information visit www.leedsbicyclefilmclub.com or follow @LeedsBicycleFC on Twitter.