Time Trial

"An arresting piece of cinema." Sight & Sound "Immersive and surprisingly intimate." Variety "An elegant, meditative film." Esquire

Showing Times

First there was the World Cup, then along came Wimbledon.  Just when you think it's safe to get out of the armchair, the Tour de France starts on Sat 7 Jul!

David Millar's is not the usual cycling story.  Having excelled in the most punishing of all sports, he was then expelled, found guilty of doping.  Following a 2 year ban he returned as a spokesperson for clean cycling, and he helped to set up Team Sky in 2010.  He's an articulate, intelligent character, and this doc was conceived of to record his valedictory year - 2014 - riding in the season's big races before he retired from professional cycling at the age of 37.  A mini camera was fitted to his handlebars, and the film makers got permission to film from the heart of the peloton during races, providing great insight!  When a fading Millar is dropped from the Tour de France squad, though, the doc is presented with a more interesting narrative:  Millar is seen wrestling with his sense of waning power, and the humiliation of failure.  (Spoiler alert:  there is a happy ending, though!)

Afterwards we are showing a pre-recorded Q&A with Millar and director Finlay Pretsell.



Film Information

81 mins

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