Bicycle: A Great British Movement

Bicycle: A Great British Movement PG

Cyclescreen: Bristol Bike Film Festival

Film

Please note: This was screened in Aug 2015

Director:
Michael B Clifford
Duration:
87 mins, 2014, UK

Examining the question of why cycling and the bicycle are back in fashion in the UK, BAFTA-winning director Michael B.Clifford's celebratory documentary tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle, from it’s evolution, decline and subsequent rebirth from Victorian origins to today’s boom.

The bicycle is many things – everyday object, means of transport, fashion accessory, potential saviour of the planet and a sporting necessity. Covering all these elements and more, this engaging documentary traces the contraption’s history from its early days through to the present and its potential future. What’s clear is the UK has a lot to be proud of in the story of the bicycle, and Bristol and the South West has played a key role. As Bristol based charity Sustrans celebrates 20 years of the national cycle network we explore the origins and examine the success of the Bristol to Bath bike path (the most popular route in the UK), and look at other local innovations in cycling history including the Moulton bicycle in Bradford on Avon.

Weaving bicycle design, sport and transport through the retelling of some iconic stories and featuring interviews with notable contributors including Sir Dave Brailsford, John Grimshaw, Chris Boardman, Sir Chris Hoy, and Mike Burrows; this is a humorous, lyrical and warm reflection on the bicycle and its place in the British national psyche.

  • Followed by a Q&A with John Grimshaw, founder of Sustrans and creator of the National Cycle Network; David Sproxton, cycling advocate and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations; Ian Barrett, Sustrans Regional Director for the South West and George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol.