Bicycle-Jul15Manchester Film Co-operative, in association with Critical Mass Manchester invites you to a screening of the recent documentary film, Bicycle. The event is also the launch of a new book by Carlton Reid, Roads Were Not Built for Cars.

”Bicycle” asks the question why is cycling and the bicycle back in fashion? The film, which is directed by BAFTA winning director and keen cyclist Michael B.Clifford tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle, it’s birth, decline and re birth from Victorian origins to today.

The film weaves bicycle design, sport and transport through the retelling of some iconic stories and features interviews with notable contributors Sir Dave Brailsford, Gary Fisher, Chris Boardman, Ned Boulting, Sir Chris Hoy, Tracy Moseley, Mike Burrows and many more plus great archive, animation and music. “Bicycle” is a humorous, lyrical and warm reflection on the bicycle and cycling and its place in the British national psyche.


Doors: Feature starts at 20:00.

Entry: Solidarity (optional) £7, Regular £5, Cyclist, £4. Student/low wage £3, Unwaged: donation.

Tickets: Buy your tickets in advance here.

Venue: Yard Theatre, 41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester. M15 5RF.

4thRevFinalManchester Film Co-operative invites you to a screening of the new documentary film, The 4th Revolution – Energy Autonomy.

The film develops the compelling vision of a global community whose energy supply is fed by 100 percent renewable energy sources. It visualizes a global restructuring in which power relationships are decentralized and capital is more equitably distributed.

On the one hand you have the corporations, which hang on to the privilege they enjoy over the distribution and use of the energy supply. On the other hand are the inventors, politicians and visionaries; people who dream of an independent, decentral and highly technical energy production – and they have long since developed it. Politicians, activists, scientists, mid-wives who come from the most diverse backgrounds and set the most varying of goals: positions in the battle to provide the energy supply for tomorrow.They represent hope for the two billion in the world who do not have access to electricity, but they also offer hope to those in the Northern Hemisphere, who increasingly suffer from the results of a seemingly unteachable fossil-energy-based economy.

The prominent protagonists in this documentary stand for a growing group of people, for whom the awareness of the importance of a democratization of the energy supply has become clear. They encourage people to become active themselves and not give up in the face of the power whose interests must be taken to task. The transformation of the world as we know it begins with each person.

The screening will also have a panel with speakers from Greater Manchester Community Renewables and Tyndall Centre for Climate Research, along with other local renewable energy experts.

Time: Doors at 7pm, screening begins at 7:30pm.

Admission: Solidarity (optional) £7, Regular £5, Student/low wage £3, Unwaged: donation.

Venue: Lecture Theatre G.78, MMU’s Brooks Building, Brierly Campus, Hulme, M15 6GX.

Directions to the Brooks Building and the G.78 theatre can be found on the MMU website.

BlackIcePosterManchester Film Cooperative, in co-operation with Manchester Greenpeace would like to invite you to a screening of the film Black Ice. We will be joined by Phil Ball, one of the Arctic 30.

When the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise set sail to protest the first ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, none of the people on board could have known what was coming. Seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces, the ‘Arctic 30’ were thrust into headlines all over the world, facing up to 15 years in prison and finding themselves at the centre of a bitter international dispute.

With the eyes of the world upon them, Russia charged the crew, from 18 different countries, with piracy and hooliganism in the most ruthless response from a national government against an NGO in a quarter of a century. Their imprisonment, which saw worldwide media cast the Arctic 30 in the same mould as political prisoners like Pussy Riot and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, lasted months. However, their resolve to try and stop oil drilling in the Arctic was never broken.

Complete with never-before-seen footage and behind-the-scenes access, ‘Black Ice’ tells the story of the Arctic 30 from the moment they set sail to protest at the controversial Prirazlomnaya oil platform, to their arrest, imprisonment… and what happened next.

Time: Bar and Cafe open from 6pm. Screening begins at 7:00pm.

Admission: Solidarity (optional) £7, Regular £5, Student/low wage £3, Unwaged: donation.

Venue: On the Eighth Day Cafe, Oxford Road, Manchester.