Klunkerz mountain bike film comes to Sydney & Melbourne

Bike film festival shows classic documentary & more

Klunkerz, the excellent documentary on the origins of mountain biking, will screen in Sydney and Melbourne in November and December 2007 as part of the International Bicycle Film Festival.

The festival comes to Sydney November 28 to December 2 and Melbourne December 5-9 and comprises a program of movies, art and concerts that organizers describe as “a celebration of the love of people for their bikes in all sorts of situations and on many different continents.”

Klunkerz, which won Best Documentary at the Durango Independent Film Festival for director Billy Savage, will be one of the highlights of the festival and screens at 7.30 on the Saturday. Other notable films include Reginald Harkema’s Monkey Warfare, winner of the Special Jury Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, and Michael Ebner’s Short Confessions of an Absent Minded Messenger, the sole Australian film in the festival.

As well as movies, the festival also includes an art exhibition, Bespoke, at Mori Gallery in Sydney and a Bikes for transport Yeah! Picnic.

Festival director, Brendt Barbur, established the festival in 2000 after colliding with a bus while riding his bike in New York. The accident broke every bone in his body and he was hospitalised for nearly a year. When he recovered he used his settlement money to found the Bicycle Film Festival.

Sydney schedule highlights

Bespoke: An art exhibition inspired by the bike. Mori Gallery, 168 Day St, Sydney, November 23 – 30. Opening party: Wednesday November 28, 6pm. The exhibition will feature video installations, sculpture, paintings and graffiti with trial exhibitions. A gathering of the cycling tribes.

Film screenings at the Dendy Opera Quays, East Circular Quay. Friday November 30, drinks at 7:00pm, sessions start 7:30pm. Saturday December 1, sessions start 1:30 pm. Tickets $12.50. Free bike valet parking.

Bikes for transport Yeah! Picnic at Pyrmont Point Park Pirama Rd, Pyrmont, Sunday, December 2, 1pm till sundown. Features bike blender cocktails, scavenger hunt and other bike hi-jinx.

For more details and a full program see the Bicycle Film Festival website.

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