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News Release - Issued by City Screen, York

Meet the makers of the David Millar Project

In the run up to Le Tour's Grand Depart in Yorkshire, York’s City Screen will host an evening with the filmmakers of the David Millar Project.

Yorkshire’s Grand Depart may leave you wondering what life is really like inside the bubble occupied by the riders. Documentary director, Finlay Pretsell aims to explore this via “an immersive feature film capturing the very essence of professional cycling”, and York’s City Screen Picturehouse is offering a chance to meet the filmmakers in advance of the Tour on Tuesday 1 July.

Director Finlay Pretsell, who has cycled for Scotland in the past, says: “My aim is to create a ‘hyper-reality’, transcending the sport, transferring this feeling of what it felt like to race on that bike in that peloton. I want to create a vivid landscape of sound and image from David’s unique perspective.”

The evening event starts at 6pm and features exclusive footage and behind the scenes stories from the film, followed by a screening of award winning short film, Standing Start, featuring Olympic medallist Craig MacLean.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A over drinks in the Basement Bar with director Finlay Pretsell and producer Sonja Henrici and moderated by Daniel Friebe, long-serving European Editor of Procycling magazine and author of Mountain High, its sequel, Mountain Higher, and Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal. There will be a prize draw, with goodies including a £150 Retul bike fit at local specialists Cycle Heaven.

The film is due for release in 2015 and is still seeking investors, and there will be a chance to talk to the production company about opportunities to get involved in supporting the project. Tickets are on sale via City Screen on 0871 902 5726 or, and information about the film can be found at

The film is produced by Cycling Films & Scottish Documentary Institute, the filmmakers are shooting extensively with David all through 2014.

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2. Scottish Documentary Institute
SDI is an internationally recognised documentary research centre at Edinburgh College of Art specialised in documentary training, production and distribution. It was set up in 2004.
Our aim is to stimulate and inspire the documentary scene in Scotland and beyond through focus on creative excellence and clear international outlook. We also aim to bridge the gap between academia and industry. For further information on Scottish Documentary Institute’s activities, please go to

3. Cycling Films is an independent production company formed to produce the highest quality films about cycle racing using smart financing structures. It was set up by Sonja Henrici and Finlay Pretsell in 2012.

4. Daniel Friebe is the long-serving European Editor of Procycling magazine. He is the author of Mountain High, its sequel, Mountain Higher, and Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal. He also collaborated with cycling superstar Mark Cavendish on the bestselling Boy Racer and At Speed. Daniel's writing on sport has also appeared in publications including the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, SPIN Cricket Monthly, Channel 4 Test Match Magazine, Outdoor Fitness and FourFourTwo.

5. City Screen’s programme of modern cycling themed films continues on 5, 6,and 7 July with:

Saturday 5 July, 8:30
The colourful and hugely popular cyclist Marco Pantani – nicknamed ‘the Pirate’ – won both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, an extraordinary mental and physical feat never since repeated. But although a hero to millions, six years later, aged just 34, he died alone in a cheap hotel room from cocaine poisoning.

Sunday 6 July, 8:30
Based on the remarkable true story of cyclist Graeme Obree, who built his own bike out of washing-machine parts and rode it to gold at the world championships. Coming from a humble background, Obree always had to fight for survival. When his beloved bicycle shop went bust, Obree had neither the money nor the sponsorship necessary to compete at the highest level of world cycling, but it was always clear from his passion for the sport that he was destined for greatness.

Monday 7 July, 8:30
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was a cycling phenomenon, but his enduring success was heavily reliant on performance-enhancing drugs, which for years he indignantly denied. Behind his denials lay a complex history of childhood neglect, overweening ego, sudden wealth and libel actions, which director Alex Gibney draws together to produce a fascinating portrait of a conflicted sporting superstar ultimately dethroned.

... so come and join us in The Riverside Café-Bar for some strong coffee and a croissant... and don't miss the exhibition The Peleton by Lu Mason which is showing at City Screen in The Sky Lounge throughout July.

For further information contact:

Rebecca Day (Production Manager/Scottish Documentary Institute): 0131 6515872 | mob: 07709107575
Finlay Pretsell (Director): 0131 651 5873