by Matt Letch
May 17, 2012
This just in from David “Gabba” Gould (AKA Sanny!)
**Updated with details of Cockermouth screening in aid of Regain**
Dates have been announced for the UK cinema tour of “Strength in Numbers”, the eagerly awaited new mountain bike film from Anthill Films, the guys behind The Collective series of films, Follow Me and From the Inside Out.
“Strength in Numbers” is a new mountain bike documentary that explores mountain bike culture through the experiences of the world’s best riders. Anthill Films have created a film, which will change the way the world sees mountain biking, both on and off the screen. Presented by Shimano and Trek, Strength in Numbers combines progressive action and beautiful cinematography with compelling stories to show how the many different sides of mountain biking are all connected. The filmmakers, who brought you ‘The Collective’, ‘Roam’, ‘Seasons’ and ‘Follow Me’, traveled the globe to find communities that represented the many sides of the sport, with film shoots in British Columbia, Nepal, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, California, Utah and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
Strength in Numbers features a diverse selection of riders with some of the biggest names in the sport, including: Andrew Shandro, Brandon Semenuk, Cam McCaul, Gee Atherton, Graham Agassiz, Matt Hunter, Rene Wildhaber, Thomas Vanderham and Wade Simmons. The cast consists of a mix of established pros, up and comers and local riders, with Anthony Messere, Adam Billinghurst, Rachel Atherton, Ryan Howard and Steve Smith also appearing in the film.
“It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait to see what the Anthill boys have put together”, says world cup downhill champion Gee Atherton. “For me, as a rider, it’s exciting to be part of something like this – it’s a chance to help progress and grow our sport.”
To coincide with the release of the film on DVD, Blu Ray and iTunes on a limited cinema release of the film is planned for the UK. A number of dates have already been confirmed with more expected to follow.
For everyone who catches the tour in the cinema, they will enjoy not only the opportunity to see “Strength in Numbers ” in the big screen in all it’s Blu Ray HD glory but also get to watch “The Dudes of Hazzard” from homegrown rippers Jo Barnes, Liam Moynihan and Fergus Lamb, best known from their work with www.mtbcut.tv on the MOJO trail diaries and “The Dudes of Hazard” online films, in their inaugural big screen outing.
Following the boys on their European road trip adventures last summer, “The Dudes of Hazzard” is an irreverent and funny take on the mountain bike film chronicling their madcap attempts to race, ride, film and have fun on the way. Following on from it’s sell out world premiere in February, the tour will be the only chance to see the film on the big screen.
To view the trailer for “The Dudes of Hazzard”, just click on the link below
To follow the Dudes on their latest hair brained adventure, go to
The tour kicks off with a double premiere night in GLASGOW at the GFT (www.glasgowfilm.org/theatre) on THURSDAY 31ST MAY 2012 at 8.30pm and in Peebles at the Eastgate Centre as part of the Tweedlove Festival before doing a limited tour of venues across the UK.
Dates and locations already confirmed are as follows:-
GLASGOW Thursday 31st May 2012 GFT, 12 Rose Street 0141 332 6535 www.glasgowfilm.org/theatre
PEEBLES Thursday 31st May 2012 Eastgate Theatre, Eastgate 01721 725 777
EDINBURGH Monday 11th June 2012 Cameo Cinema, 38 Home Street, Edinburgh 0871 902 5723 www.picturehouses.co.uk
ABERDEEN Tuesday 12th June 2012 Belmont Cinema, 49 Belmont St
0871 902 5721 www.picturehouses.co.uk
LEEDS Friday 15th June 2012 Hyde Park Picturehouse, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds 0113 275 2045 www.hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk
SHEFFIELD Tuesday 19th June 2012 Showroom, 7 Paternoster Row, Sheffield 0114 275 7727 www.showroomworkstation.org.uk
PENRITH – Date TBC Rheged IMAX Cinema, Redhills, Penrith 01768 868 000
**New date** COCKERMOUTH – Saturday 30th June, Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria. Tickets £10 with all profits going to REGAIN, the trust for sports
Tickets for all the venues (with the exception of the Rheged screening) are on sale from this week onwards.
The tour and the previous sell out film tours has only been made possible thanks to the continued generosity and support of the following businesses and people within the bike trade.
Massive thanks as well to the local independent bike shops, cycle clubs and the UK bike press who have generously displayed posters and posted on line links.