DIRECTORS: NICKOLAS BIRD AND ELEANOR SHARPE
AUSTRALIA / 2017
SUNDAY 5:30PM / CINEMA 3
RUNNING TIME: 104 MINS
MAMIL – Middle Aged Men In Lycra – a term synonymous with bulging body parts, weekend jaunts and obligatory café coffee shots – hits the big time in this feature-length documentary
-Adelaide Film Festival
A project begun in 2013 as a focus on a year in the life of a Victorian country club soon outgrew this concept as Bird, a self-confessed MAMIL himself, went on to profile Australian, American and English cycling clubs. Bird and Sharpe reveal that there is a lot more to this recreational endeavour – it’s not just a hobby; it is obsession, intense mateship and, as one MAMIL quipped, a spiritual need. Tension is built as riders face individual challenges beyond the expected mid-life crisis. Cancer, MS and spinal injuries take precedence over the threats of obesity, anxiety and depression, countered by camaraderie in a duality of health and wellbeing tours. This is a film that will connect with anyone who enjoys a ride but it is also a film that explores the tribal elements of privileged human behaviour.