iRIDE: Pedal Driven and more delights on the big screen, not only for lovers of two wheels

Pedal DriveniRIDE has been going for a while at macrobert, and we have some good movies heading towards Stirling in the next months. The first one will be at macrobert’s filmhouse this Wednesday 19 October at 7.30pm. If you are a keen mountain biker like me, or even a freerider (I am not there yet), you might know the ongoing argument about who owns the forest. Pedal Driven is a bikumentary that digs deeper into the issue, following freeriders in Washington always on the lookout for rangers threatening their trails. The film will give a good insight into both sides and their arguments and take you behind this confrontation, trying to offer a solution how opposing fractions can find common ground in the defence of the beauty of hills and forests. Knowing from experience how difficult that or any consensus can be when it comes to mountain biking, I am interested in the answers the film might have, as the trailer ends with a pretty bold statement: more than a movie, a movement. I am keen to find out myself, and the take the mountain bike out for a ride! Read more of this post


Scottish Legends – iRIDE brings you some great films on two wheels

It’s been a while since our last iRIDE event Hell on Wheels, which truly inspired me to get back to get some miles in the legs on the road bike, with recently cycling 424km in one day from Edinburgh to Flodigarry on the Isle of Skye. The two upcoming films will inspire you, whatever bike you ride, to get out in this beautiful country. Filmed in Scotland, Home & Find capture the beauty and diversity of places like the Isle of Skye, Torridon and Lochaber, combined with some of the most skilled riders in the world : Danny MacAskill, Steve Peat, Hans Rey & Ruaridh Cunningham, just to name a few.

And we have more exciting things coming up soon, as I just hold a fresh copy of our cinema brochure in my hands. On 23 July we will have a very special screening of The Flying Scotsman and a panel discussion in our mainhouse, as part of the London Opening Weekend 2012. And with Klunkerz we bring you the history of the mountain bike on screen, featuring industry heavyweights like Gary Fisher, who was part of a group of cyclists that turned the bicycle world upside down. For all people that would rather be outdoors this time of the year, Going Carbon Neutral Stirling is hosting a Big Bike Fun Day on the 31st July 2011 on our doorstep, so mark the date for that as well, you are invited to get refreshments from our lovely bar. For more information please see

And when we send our new season brochure to the printer in July, I will be heading off on another trip to cycle from Land’s End to John o’Groats on a singlespeed in six days, taking pictures of our brochure in the various parts of Britain I cross. More soon here!

Keep on riding,


Another interesting event for cyclists

Markus IrideiRIDE will be back at macrobert’s filmhouse on Wednesday 1 June at 7.30pm, and this time we are putting our focus on skinny tires. You might remember me from the first iRIDE event, talking about the experience to cycle in the middle of winter from Scotland‘s capital Edinburgh to my parent’s home in Germany, all in time for Christmas in 14 days. I did a talk on the adventure for the first iRIDE event, and it’s a pleasure to be back this again. I was inspired by the people who came to the first talk and traveled to Germany to talk about my experience in several places as well, including Ilmenau, the place where I studied for more than 6 years, where I had a full house. I loved the talks and the people who were fascinated by the story, so I came up with another idea: to take my road bike and repeat the journey back to Germany, but this time in a much shorter time frame and without anything that would slow me down. And on another route, as cycling the same roads twice is boring, even in different seasons. Indeed the idea for this trip was born right after the winter trip already, but unfortunately I decided to crash my bike on the West Highland Way not so long ago, which resulted in a very sore knee and a couple of weeks off the saddle. But with a family get-together planned for the end of May already, I had no other chance than to get fit and cycle down south again. It is a funny coincidence, but what I got myself into felt like the ‘Hell on Wheels’ sometimes, with torrential rain on day 3 cycling to Hamburg, and 2 broken tires and 4 punctured tubes as the result of cycling though one of Germany’s biggest cities. There have been good and bad times, but I ended up with almost 1000 miles in the end, and most of all, I had a great experience. Doing all that to raise funds for two charities that help African people to get on their bikes is a nice thing to do, and you are more than welcome to watch ‘Hell on Wheels’ tomorrow and come to the talk afterwards. I decided to do a free talk, but I would appreciate donations for the charities, you can find out more here. For all info on iRIDE and to subscribe to our mailing list for the events please go to, tickets for the film are only £6, a bargain for one of the best documentaries about the Tour de France. And have a look at my blog and my pictures in the mean time, I am hoping to see you at macrobert tomorrow.



More details about our Scottish elections day…

As promised, more information on all the going-ons we have happening in and around macrobert on Thursday 5 May 2011 for the Scottish elections, along with all of the below we will be screening the latest news on our plasma TV’s, a live Twitter feed, our own news room and even a mock polling booth where you can display your macrobert ballot sheet with your answer to the question “If I were First Minister I would…”

Our filmhouse will be screening some amazing films through out the day:

The Ghost (15) 10.00am

Frost/Nixon (15) 1.30pm

Good Night, and Good Luck. (PG) 5.15pm

The Queen (12A) 8.15pm

In the loop (15) 11.00pm

All our feature length films in the filmhouse will be introduced with short films created by young people responding to the theme “If I were First Minister I would…”

Our mainhouse will be hosting two fabtastic performances:

macrobert Young Company
The citizenship class at Wootton Bassett School and the supply teacher have gone a bit nuts, doing a runner and locking the pupils in. That’s bad enough, but tensions are higher today than normal; a day when only yards from their confinement a repatriation of fallen British soldiers is happening along the high street – as it has over a hundred times before through this quiet Wiltshire town. But this one is more personal than most.

Thu 5 May 10.00pm (free but ticketed event) Call us on 01786 466666


‘emotionally stunning…’ (Hairline)
ThickSkin brings this story to life with a mix of striking physicality and stunning video design and a five-strong cast of young Glaswegians. Have a look at the production shots on our flickr channel.

Thu 5 May 5pm & 9pm Fri 6 May 8pm
Tickets £12 / £9 conc / £6 U18’s and students
More info and online booking here


Not only do we have all of this happening but we will be having a flash mob around 10pm and YOU can get involved, just watch this trailer below, learn the moves and join us! Check out to book for any of the above and follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

Review: Life Cycles and Scott Napier’s talk

Although I might be slightly biased writing this review, having organised the iRIDE series so far, but last night was a great inspiration again. I have ridden thousands of miles on two wheels already but after coming out the filmhouse there was much excitement building up for the next trip again. So let’s start with the film first, Life Cycles. If there is one film that perfectly crosses the boundaries between a documentary and a film that simply shows people riding bikes, this is it. It tells the story of bikes, but more than that tells the story of the lives of people that ride them. Ever wondered how a 70 year old farmer can be an inspiration for one of the best stunt riders in the world? Watch it! Shot in a magic way with loads of attention to detail, it is the first mountain bike film I have ever seen that blends it all together: seasons, riders, bikes and the stories they have. It’s hard to describe it with words, go and watch it yourself.

The second highlight of the evening was Scott Napier, looking completely different than in his pictures. His talk was an inspiring insight into his world record-breaking trip through the Americas, told by someone who plainly loves riding bikes, works a lot to save for trips and sometimes breaks records. I could very much understand the high and lows he was talking about and his pictures on the screen complemented the pictures he painted in our heads listening to his stories really well. With the right sense of humour he made something really hard look very easy, although his trip was far away from that. The most important thing though was  the inspiration Scott left after he finished (two people even wanted autogramms). Another magic night, now it’s time to write the bike again, the weather is just too nice to stay inside.

Posted by Markus, macrobert’s marketing manager and resident bike buff. Check our Markus’ blog here

Scottish elections fun at macrobert

So, we know that politics can be hard to understand and at the least difficult to find fun but trust us, what we have lined up will help everyone explore the role polictics plays in our everyday lives and in a mucho fun way!

For starters we will have our own news room, the foyer will be bustling with performances by young people from macrobert’s youth groups, there will be a mock polling booth where you can display your macrobert ballot sheet with your answer to the question “If I were First Minister I would…” plus fab movies, a stunning performance of Blackout from ThickSkin and a live news feed…

Watch this space for even more information!

May – June 2011 film season released

Our May and June film season is now on sale and is looking absolutely cracking! We have  fantastic films for the whole family including Disney’s new release Winnie the Pooh which will feature five previously unadapted stories from the original books. Did you know that Winnie the Pooh is named after a teddy bear owned by Milne’s son Christopher Robin Milne who is the basis for the character Christopher Robin…? There are many more family films coming to macrobert over the next couple of months such as Mars Needs Moms, Rango, A Turtle’s Tale and much more… check out the full listings of family films here

New to macrobert – dance films and workshops. Have you ever adored the stunning dance moves in films? Now you don’t have to just adore them any longer, macrobert dance artists will teach you the moves! You can come along, learn the moves for Footloose or Chicago, watch the movie and enjoy a free glass of wine, the perfect girls night out! More info here

We will also be screening beautiful foreign films like the 1964 Silken Skin (La Peau Douce, original title) which tells the tale of Pierre, a well-known publisher and lecturer who is married but falls in love with an air hostess and starts an affair. Find all our foreign films at

macrobert iRIDE is a series of film events inspired by two wheels. Why not change the comfort of your saddle for a few hours to enjoy only the best bike films in macrobert’s filmhouse and the chance to meet like-minded people in our cafebar afterwards. iRIDE in May-June will host Hell on Wheels, a breathtaking documentary which covers all aspects of the 2003 Tour de France, focusing on German team-mates Eric Zabel and Rolf Aldag. Also screening as part of the iRIDE events in two of  Mark Huskissan’s films Home and Find which depict the lives of passionate riders. More info on these events and our iRIDE event on the 27th April here at

On top of all this macrobert will still be screening award-winning blockbusters, heart-felt documentaries, live arts and more. Check out the full listings of what’s on in our filmhouse at

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