Hi all, just thought this might interest you. 

Friday night program 3: Tix: http://bffsydney.eventbrite.com.au/?ebtv=C


Ireland 2011 | DV 52min. 
Dir. Sean O Cualain 
This documentary tells the story behind one of Ireland’s greatest sporting institutions: The Rás Tailteann cycling race. First ran in 1953 its aim was to symbolise the nationalist aspirations of its organisers and promote Irish culture at a time of fierce political and sporting division. Blending contemporary footage, rare sporting and social archive, and the first-hand accounts of a host of colourful and fascinating characters – riders and organisers, commentators, fans and critics – The Rás Tailteann is an extraordinary tale of civil-war politics and the race that launched the careers of Ireland’s most successful cyclists. Nowadays the Rás is a major international cycling event featuring a host of international teams annually. The tumultuous history of the Rás Tailteann also offers a unique, parallel take on the cultural and political development of late 20th century Ireland – a revealing thought-line from the 1950s to the modern day. In Ireland, as we’ll see, the line between sport and politics is a very fine one indeed.


And Saturday night program 5: Tix: http://bffsydney.eventbrite.com.au/?ebtv=C


Italy 2011 | HD 41min. 
Dir. Morgan Bertacca 
“Italy’s retro bike race is a cycling classic. Running on gravel roads with 80’s bikes, woollen jerseys and fuelled by rich Italian food and wine, the glorious L’Eroica race captures the golden era of cycling.” – Guardian U.K. The film follows cycling greats of the past, and some of the younger enthusiasts for an excellent view of the magical land and race.


Preceding the film program, there'll be an Australian Cycling History event from 6-7 PM with Jim Fitzpatrick (premier Australian cycling historian) and Omar, who has recently re-discovered The Satchel Ride. Together, they've retraced the history, route and stories of the race (which is 100 years old this year). Entry fee is included in the evening's ticket.

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