Best cycling films hit the road

Paul Shane in Alan Bennett's A Day Out
Paul Shane in Alan Bennett's A Day Out

As part of Yorkshire Festival 2014, Sheffield Doc/Fest will present the Tour de Cinema, a programme of films spread across the county over the 100 days preceding the Grand Départ on July 5.

The opening Tour de Cinema event on March at tBradford Cathedral will première two archive-based commissions - Velorama which celebrates the Century of the Bicycle, made by Daisy Asquith with BFI Archive footage, and From Trike To Bike which draws from the Yorkshire Film Archive cine club and home movie collections. The opening events are part of the Bradford International Film Festival.

Throughout the 100-day festival audiences will be encouraged to Cycle to the Cinema to see some of the best cycle-themed films in history with examples by directors Ridley Scott and Louis Malle and Alan Bennett’s rarely-seen BBC film A Day Out, all projected on large-scale super-high definition screens. Screenings will take place in beautiful open-air locations, including many National Trust sites . Indoor screenings will take place in town halls and community and village hall venues.

The programme will also offer an opportunity to see films about Yorkshire on the big screen such as Martin Wallace and Jarvis Cocker’s film celebrating the century of steel, The Big Melt which was performed live at Doc/Fest last June. Also in the programme are screenings during Sheffield Doc/Fest including a collaboration with University of Sheffield.

On Saturday, July 5 , the Tour de Cinema will culminate at a Special Closing Night event at the Sheffield Showroom as Le Tour de France passes through Sheffield.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is organising the Tour de Cinema i in partnership with SHAFF, Cine Yorkshire, Yorkshire Film Archive, the universities of Sheffield and Leeds, Bradford Film Festival and the National Trust.