Saffron Screen celebrates the Tour de France’s visit to Uttlesford with family films, documentaries and short films

09:00 24 June 2014

ET The Extra-terrestrial

ET The Extra-terrestrial

Archant

Saffron Screen will celebrate the Tour de France’s visit to the area with two days of cycling-themed films over Sunday, July 6 and Monday, July 7.

Chasing LegendsChasing Legends

The weekend kicks off at noon on Sunday, July 6 with a FREE screening of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in the carnival tent on Saffron Walden Common, featuring arguably the best use of a bicycle in cinematic history and shown in collaboration with the Saffron Walden Round Table and the Cambridge Film Trust.

Then at 3pm, back at the cinema, is Tim Burton’s madcap Pee-wee’s Big Adventure as the titular hero crosses America in search of his beloved, stolen bike. This will be screened with Children of the Hobbit, a short film made by 11 local schoolchildren over the Easter holidays, filmed locally, and with a song recorded by the RA Butler School choir.

Sunday evening brings Chasing Legends, a fascinating documentary following Team Columbia-HTC during the 2009 Tour de France, when Essex-based star Mark Cavendish claimed six stage victories.

This is followed on Monday evening – after the excitement of the Tour flashing through – with Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist about the charismatic and much-loved Marco Pantani who rose to fame and fortune but died at 34 of a drugs overdose.

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a CyclistPantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

Both these documentaries will appeal to cycling aficionados, but are also enjoyable for all and will give some useful background to the world of professional cycling.

Before each of the evening films, two short films about cycling will be screened: of the four, two are locally made documentaries (one following our local tour route) and two are fictional films.

Saffron Screen business manager Rebecca Del Tufo said: “Come and celebrate the excitement of this once-in-a-lifetime event at your local independent cinema. And watch out for our Tour de France competition which we will be launching soon.”

More information is at saffronscreen.com.

More news stories

Yesterday, 15:00
Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Constable of Essex Police.

A candidate for the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner role has questioned the ‘high’ salary paid to the chief constable of Essex Police.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Michael Steward

“I’m meeting the girls tomorrow night for a few cocktails.” I received my wife’s words with a certain trepidation.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Campaigners at Finchingfield Bridge

Placards were held right across Finchingfield Bridge on Monday declaring how many people had signed the petition to stop the crossing being widened, which will allow lorries to drive faster through the village.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Uttlesford District Council headquarters on London Road, Saffron Walden.

An increase of one per cent, an extra £1.40 a year for the Band D property is being sought by Uttlesford District Council.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dunmow Broadcast e-edition E-edition

Most read stories