The Ventnor Bicycle Film Festival will celebrate all things two wheels with a special programme timed to coincide with the final stage of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain taking place on the Isle of Wight.

Taking place across two venues, the Ventnor Arts Club and Ventnor Exchange, the festival will run on four nights over the space of five days between Wednesday 7 and Sunday 11 September

Highlights include a rare screening of A Sunday in Hell, considered to be the greatest cycling film ever made and screened with the blessing of director Jorgen Leth.

This will be introduced by William Fotheringham, The Guardian’s chief cycling correspondent. Signed copies of his book on the film will be available.

Film festival schedule

Wednesday 7 September (Ventnor Arts Club): Le Tour (Louis Malle’s 1962 beautifully-shot mischievous short film on the Tour de France) and Belleville Rendez-vous (aka Triplets of Belleville) from 2003, directed by Sylvain Chomet. From 7:30pm.

Friday 9 September (Ventnor Arts Club): there will also be a rare screening of Come on Eileen, a short film about the great distance cyclist Eileen Sheridan, followed by a new version of Whatever Happened to Dervla Murphy. This 2011 film is about the writer and cyclist Dervla Murphy, who sadly passed away this year. Director Garret Dai has recorded an intro for the screening. From 7:30pm

Saturday 10 September: Daily Telegraph sportswriter Jeremy Wilson will discus his recent book on extraordinary record-breaking cyclist Beryl Burton. This will be an informal chat over coffee and pastries on the great woman’s career. Signed copies of the book will be available. 11am – 1pm

Sunday 11 September (Ventnor Arts Club): A Sunday in Hell, introduced by William Fotheringham. From 7pm.

Ticket information

Tickets cost £5 for the Beryl book talk and £10 for all film screenings.

All film screenings commence at 7.30pm except A Sunday in Hell (7pm).

Click here to purchase tickets for the Beryl book talk.

Click here to purchase tickets for the film screenings.