Looking for some Christmas viewing? MCN run down the films you can use to fuel your obsession with all things motorbike. When the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and if you’ve no place to go - turn on the telly for some burning rubber.
Let's face it, the TV listings over Christmas are generally pretty terrible. So, if you catch yourself tired of Noel Edmond’s Christmas jumpers, endless Top Gear repeats and cringe worthy reality documentaries featuring 'celebrities' - stick these on for a bit of escapism…
Now firmly a part of Americana - just like Abe Lincoln’s beard, apple pie and voting for Donald Trump - Easy Rider needs no introduction. With a top-notch cast - Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson - and a moral message for us all to absorb, very few films can change your perception on life. However, this is one of them.-
Yet, if it’s a bit too mainstream for you, there is a little known Scottish film up next…
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For those (we assume, the majority of you) who haven’t yet enjoyed 1985’s Restless Natives, prepare yourself for some ‘Local Hero’ style charm. Filmed in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Highlands, this story follows two teenagers who make a living as modern highwaymen on their Suzuki GP125 - becoming local folk heroes and a tourist attraction into the bargain.
It sounds silly on paper, but stick with it - Restless Natives is well worth a watch, especially with a soundtrack by Big Country and cameos by Mel Smith, Ned Beatty and Bernard Hill.
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The World’s Fastest Indian
Having already played Donald Campbell in the BBC film Across The Lake, it was only a matter of time before speed-junkie Anthony Hopkins brought legendary bike racer Burt Munro back to life for the silver screen. Not every aspect is historically accurate, but don’t let that stop you enjoying the incredible true story.
Unlike Across The Lake, this feel-good heart warmer is easily obtainable through Amazon. And if you haven’t yet seen it, we would heartily recommend it.
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On Any Sunday
Still legendary among riders, even 45 years on, On Any Sunday was not only nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for best documentary, but was also backed by Steve McQueen - the coolest man ever to have graced Planet Earth.
Still considered the most important motorcycle documentary ever produced, the film’s impact popularised BMX biking across the world. Featuring old-school desires from Triumph, Husqvarna, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki, this is compulsory viewing for any bike enthusiast.
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On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter
Four decades after the original documentary, On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter shows that the passion for riding motorcycles is as strong as it ever was. Directed by Dana Brown, this new film captures just what motorcycling means to people all over the globe.
The film is an exploration into the pursuit of excitement, passion and life in the world of motorcycle riding. If this doesn't scratch that two-wheeled itch over Christmas, we don't know what will.
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Hitting the Apex
From Mark Neale, the director of Faster and Fastest, Hitting the Apex tells the inside story of six of the most talented motorcycle riders in the MotoGP paddock as they battle against each other for the ultimate prize.
Brad Pitt narrates the stories of each rider, as we follow them through the exhilarating highs of winning a MotoGP race, and the crushing lows that this sport can deliver.
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