Sunday, December 17th 2017 at 4:19PM GMT
The 56-minute “Why We Cycle” film is a paean to Dutch cycling, and it could be coming to a screen near you soon. The worldwide rights to the documentary have been picked up by London-based Taskovski Films.
Brian Deegan, formerly the principal technical specialist at Transport for London, said: “Why We Cycle” was the “best film about cycling I have ever seen.” He added: “I want to show it in parliament.”
The film was produced by Dutch filmmakers Gertjan Hulster and Arne Gielen, journalist Jeroen Dirks and the Urban Cycling Institute‘s academic director Marco te Brömmelstroet. It first aired at VeloCity in Nijmegen in June, introduced by Brömmelstroet. The voiceover is done by Chris Boardman.
“We came with the idea two years ago,” Brömmelstroet told BikeBiz. “It was financed by municipalities (such as Groningen, Amsterdam, Utrecht), the Dutch Railways and the Ministry of Infrastructure.”
He added: “We made the documentary for an international audience, but also to make the Dutch more aware of the effects of cycling for people, society and cities.
“It is not a film about policy and strategy. Instead, it is more of a manifesto, showing people why they should want to aspire a cycling society. In showing this in an artistic high-quality and backing it up with leading academics it expands the narrative.”
Brömmelstroet said that the film could be used by cycle advocates to “know what to ask from your politicians and why you should start fighting for such a future.”
Taskovski Films picked up the rights to the documentary last week and will start marketing it soon.