Free Bike-Powered Cinema @ Herne Hill Velodrome

Herne Hill Velodrome, Burbage Road, Herne Hill, SE24 9HE

Sunday 17 April, 8.30pm

Watch the classic cycling movie, Belleville Rendez-vous (plus a selection of short cycling films), in the surroundings of a 1948 Olympic venue.

The cinema will be bike-powered, with volunteers needed to keep the film going!

Before the films, the velodrome track will be open from 6.30pm-8pm from a free open session (provided the track is dry). If you are aged 8+, simply bring your bike along and ride around a London Olympic venue.

This is an outdoor event so bring whatever you need to stay warm and dry. The film will go ahead rain or shine! Refreshments on sale, courtesy of Cafe on the Rye.

Belleville Rendez-Vous (cert 12) is a delightful, witty animation for all ages. It tells the story of Madame Souza, who prepares her orphaned grandson, Champion, to be a world-beating cyclist. During the mountain stage of the Tour de France, Champion is kidnapped by the French mafia and whisked across the Atlantic to the city of Belleville. Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters, an aged song-and-dance team, to rescue him. Sylvain Chomet, France 2003, 80mins, cert 12.

“This impressively inventive French animated feature from comic-book artist Sylvain Chomet is far too entertaining to be enjoyed only by children. A single viewing can barely do justice to this richly detailed and often playfully macabre adventure.” BBCi

“Moving, funny, totally cinematic and graced with moments of genius... unique.” Empire

Presented by Herne Hill Velodrome in association with Electric Pedals, Hackney Bicycle Film Society, Free Film Festivals and Save the Velodrome.