Whimsy Film Festival 2014


A selection of inspiring films about bikes from around the globe (inc the Australian premiere of 'Bicycle').

We return to our roots with a pretty little ditty about romance, art, culture, history and cities, all told through a two-wheeled lens.


Join us under the fairy lights on October 21 and reconnect with the simple, yet glorious, truth; bicycles are magical things that bring cities to life. Learn more about the films below.


Spaces are limited so get your tickets ASAP. We can't wait to see you there!



Illustration by Rachel Peck, typography by Esjay.


Where it all began – short films about bikes.

6:00pm – Doors open. Join us in the foyer for drinks and nibbles prior to the screening.
6:30pm – Short films – a return to whimsy. A hand-picked selection of the best short bike films of the last year, with a focus on the intersection of bikes and urban lifestyles.
7:30pm – A short intermission and chance to stretch the legs.
7:15pm – Bicycle, the Australian premiere. Our feature presentation – a humorous, lyrical and warm reflection on the bicycle and cycling.
8:45pm – A fond farewell – all good things must come to an end. Join us after the feature for a final hurrah in the foyer.




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, offering a humorous, lyrical and warm reflection on the bicycle and cycling, and its place in the British national psyche.


What is ‘Whimsy’? – Whimsy is a celebration of all the intangibles that make the bicycle so much more than a simple machine. The je ne sais quoi that has spawned cultural movements, film festivals and tweed rides.The romance, the freedom, the joy of riding bicycles – captured in a night of films amongst friends.

Can I get something to eat and drink? – Absolutely! The Chauvel has a fantastic bar serving a range of beverages and nibbles (note: ticket price does not include drinks or food).

What is the format for the night? – Glad you asked. Doors open at 6pm, with some fantastic short films showing from 6:30pm. Then it’s a short intermission before our main feature, the Australian premiere of Bicycle.

Can I ride to the event? – Absolutely. More information on this shortly.

What is the dress code? – Whatever you want it to be. We’d love to see some guests roll up dressed to match the theme of the night – whatever your take on ‘Whimsy’ might be!

Chauvel Cinema

249 Oxford St, Paddington

Easy access by bus, bike and foot. Decent parking nearby.



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