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THE BIG BIKE FILM NIGHT - Christchurch #1

Prepare to be inspired! The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you.

Showcasing our 2019 collection that has everything a cycling-centric audience could want- action, drama, humour, and plenty of inspiration; the evening is going to be unashamedly, unequivocally, and utterly Bike-alicious!

Our treasure chest of stories includes... a spectacle of winter with an icy playground providing a visual journey as never seen before by bike; five friends with disabilities attempting a world first human powered ride from Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre 2150km to Mount Kosciuszko in Australia (what could possibly go wrong?); a New Zealander who has a two wheel love story to share; a heart-warming documentary about a ‘community mother’ who runs a bicycle training program for migrant and refugee women in Amsterdam; a fixie rider who commits a crime of passion; and two pioneering mountain bikers undertaking an adventure in wild and unknown landscapes, riding only horse trails, in heartland Africa; ALL in the mix!!

These short films are a great reminder of why we love to ride our bike; with stories that captivate us, stories that make us think, and most importantly of all- stories that inspire us to get out and ride. Tales of character, resilience, challenge, courage, triumphs over adversity and much much more.


With the support of the Australian High Commission we have Paul Pritchard and Duncan Meerding from the inspiring film LOWEST TO HIGHEST on hand to introduce the film and conduct a Q&A Session after the film.

Paul Pritchard

Paul has led a challenging life, and is widely regarded as one of the modern days great adventurers. Awarded the Australian Geographic Society’s Spirit of Adventure Award last year, Paul has spent a lifetime climbing peaks around the world and finding creative solutions to physical challenges.

On a world climbing tour that found him in Tasmania, on Friday the 13th of February 1998, climbing a slender sea stack known as 'The Totem Pole' it was here that all he had known before was turned on its head. A TV-sized boulder falling from 25 meters inflicted such terrible head injuries that doctors thought he might never walk or even speak again.

Paul sees the accident as a gift and describes it as the best thing that has ever happened to him. He is a passionate believer that without the mountains he climbed, and more-so the Totem Pole accident, he would not have learnt some crucial life lessons.

Duncan Meerding

Born and bred in Hobart, Duncan has a keen interest in the environment. A gifted Furniture and Lighting Designer Duncan creates works inspired by the natural environment, with emphasis on over all form rather than intense detailing.

In 2005 at the age of 18, Duncan lost his central vision due to a condition call Lebers Heretarary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), leaving him Legally Blind, with less than 5% vision concentrated around the periphery.
Duncan is passionate about empowerment and disability with his practise embodying his disability, it does not hamper or dominate it but influences his design aesthetic. Equally his life is influenced by his disability, but has made it turn in some interesting and unique directions. 

As well as his practise, Duncan enjoys spending time in the natural environment partaking in adventures and activities including tandum bike riding, kayaking, bush walking and rock climbing.


Paul will be conducting a Presentation at the TSB Space, Turanga which includes the movie 'Doing it Scared', the award-winning documentary featuring Paul and his attempt to finally conquer the Totem Pole, a 'fearsome sea-stack' which 19 years ago almost cost Paul his life.

Paul will be selling his book 'The Totem Pole' on the night- if you would like to pre-order your book please click HERE


We acknowlege the support of the Australian High Commission towards bringing these inspiring individuals to this screening. 

BIKING TO THE EVENT- there is a Bike park behind the swimming pool which will be available to park and lock your bike.

Feeling peckish beforehand, the good folkS at Koru Care Christchurch Charitable Trust will be on hand with a select range of snacks and beverages (sorry no alcohol, & only water allowed in the Auditorium) to keep your bike appetite in check beforehand and during the interval (20 minutes break).

The awesome Community Travel Advisor’s from Christchurch City Council will be on hand with maps, cycling guides and even a few giveaways….

So...listen to the voice inside you; it’s telling you to go. Grab your mates, grab your tickets, GO ON… grab your bike and come along for the ride!!

Adults $24, and Under 17 year olds $17, under 12 year olds $13 (includes booking fee) available on-line as well as door sales ON THE NIGHT at the venue (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY). If you would prefer to do a deposit in our bank account rather than through a credit card please fill in this enquiry form HERE



Charles Luney Auditorium, St. Margaret's College
12 Winchester Street, Merivale, Christchurch, Christchurch, 8014

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