Hackney Bicycle Film Society puts on regular screenings of short and feature length films about, you guessed it, cycling. Tonight, which is also their fifth birthday, they’re showing perhaps the greatest ever film about competitive cycling, Jørgen Leth’s 1976 documentary about Paris–Roubaix race, A Sunday In Hell. It follows four riders, including the great Eddy Merckx, as they tackle the course, much of which is over cobbled streets known as Hell of the North. By the end of it, having suffered crashes, punctures plus the usual lung-busting exertion, the riders covered in dirt look like they’ve been through hell.
The film is also celebrated for its look at the wider environment of professional racing, as it turns its attentions to the team directors, domestiques, mechanics, spectators and even protestors.
Along with the main feature there will be a few short films beforehand to warm you up in the lovely surroundings of the Calthorpe Arms. Full details are on the HBFS Facebook page.
Monday 12th January, 7:30pm
Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8JR