PRESS RELEASE: unREAL premiere, 25 June, Sheffield

Cycle To The Cinema – the Peak District film night series for cycling fans – kicks off its summer programme with the British premiere of the mountain bike film unREAL followed by a trio of road cycling classics – Slaying the Badger; The King: Alf Engers; and Breaking Away.

Totally Sports Insurance LogounREAL premieres at Sheffield University’s Student Union at 8pm on Thursday 25th June (£8/£6 students) with support from Totally Sports Insurance.


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UnREAL takes you to a place beyond the real world. Forget the 9 to 5 desk job, sit back and watch the world’s best mountain bikers ride with horses; witness Tom Van Steenbergen make the biggest front flip in MTB history; not to mention riding snow and ice; hitting record speeds on downhill drift tracks and a dramatic night shoot.

Can’t wait?  Watch the making of unREAL – Mind The Gap, parts 1 to 5:

Slaying The Badger (Bamford Village Institute, Saturday 4th July, FREE) is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry and the greatest ever Tour de France in 1986 when previous five times winner Bernard Hinault allegedly reneged on his gentleman’s agreement to support Greg Le Monde’s bid for the yellow jersey. It has received spectacular media reviews in the U.S. and U.K. What better way to celebrate the 2016 Grand Depart? BUY TICKETS

The King – Alf Engers (Eccleshall Saw Mill, Sheffield, Tuesday 14th July, £6). An unfamiliar name to most of today’s riders, Alf Engers was the Bradley Wiggins of his day, bringing rock and roll attitude to the 1970s’ time-trial scene. Alf wanted to achieve something unique, and he spent a decade chasing the dream of the 30mph time-trial, a dream that became reality in 1978. The King sold out its premiere at The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley so grab the chance to see it on the big screen in Sheffield. Only 45 tickets available.  BUY TICKETS

Breaking Away (Eccleshall Saw Mill, Sheffield, Tuesday 4th August). A rare screening of the 1979 Peter Yates classic. American teenager Dave Stoller dreams of escaping his small-town roots, obsessed with the Italian cycling team. “Breaking Away is a terrific film about working-class kids in an upper-class town…fun and stirring; a robust portrait of youth at the crossroads and a bittersweet salute to the town at its centre.” Xan Brooks, Guardian. (Read full review) Only 45 tickets available.  BUY TICKETS

Cycle To The Cinema Programme Director Matt Heason said, “The concept is simple – we put on great films about cycling and other adventure sports across the Peak District and you cycle to them. It’s exercise, entertainment and a social event, all in one go. It’s brilliant that as many as 80% of the audience arrive on two wheels, but we do of course still let you in if you don’t come by bike.”

The unREAL premiere is sponsored by Totally Sports Insurance – specialist sports insurance including Accident Protection, Income Protection, Life and Critical Illness Cover and Private Medical Insurance for sports including mountain biking. They are proud to support Sheffield mountain biker and three times World Cup Downhill Champion Steve Peat.


Press Release: Monday 8th June 2015



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unREAL Synopsis:

We see you there. Stuck in the real world. Staring blankly at your computer screen. Hoping to find something, anything, to take you away. It’s time to let your friends at Teton Gravity Research & Anthill Films transport you to a place beyond the real world. Watch. Dwell. Share. Rise into the unReal and explore the imagination of some of the best mountain bikers on the planet, creating a world where snow is fair game, 1000-pound mammals are riding partners, and anything is possible.

Starring: Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Graham Agassiz, Steve Smith, Tom van Steenbergen and Thomas Vanderham, with Brook MacDonald, Finn Iles, Ian Morrison, James Doerfling, Matty Miles and friends. unReal is co-produced by Teton Gravity Research and Anthill Films.

Written, directed and edited by Anthill Films. Presented by Sony in association with Shimano and Trek. Additional support for the film is provided by the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and unReal is the 2015’s eagerly awaited Mountain Bike film from TGR and Anthill Films.

Contact: Lissa Cook, Heason Events PR, / 07818 411 791