Strap in to watch some turbo-charged flicks at Motorcycles on Screen at GOMA
When it comes to motorcycles on the big screen, there are plenty of iconic scenes that will get your motor running. Arnold Schwarzenegger straddling the 1991 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Mel Gibson tearing up the outback on the Yamaha R1 in the Australian cult classic Mad Max and Marlon Brando cementing his status as a cultural icon on his Triumph Thunderbird in The Wild One all come to mind. So you can relive all of these golden movie moments, GOMA is screening a bunch of your favourite fast-paced motorcycle films from Saturday November 28 to Sunday April 25, as part of its curated cinema program, Motorcycles on Screen. This mini film festival is sure to satisfy movie-loving motor-heads with an interest in speedy beasts.
Presented alongside GOMA’s world-exclusive exhibition The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire, (which is running until Monday April 26, 2021), Motorcycles on Screen explores film depictions of the two-wheeled machines, looking back at more than a century of bikes on screen. Blending the seminal classics that helped define motorcycles on screen (think The Wild Angels, Roman Holiday, Rollerball, Akira) with lesser known but equally cool entries in the film canon, this curated cinema program will dive into how motorcycles and biker culture have been used in cinema to depict ideas of freedom, thrilling adventures and fraternity.
Motorcycle-loving cinephiles can expect a revved-up roster of flicks to hit GOMA. There’s the classics, of course – the seminal 1969 motorcycle feature Easy Rider starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, 1963’s The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen as a motorcycle-racing daredevil and 2005’s The World’s Fastest Indian starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as the record-breaking New Zealand motorcyclist Burt Munro. Newer additions to the motorcycle film capsule include 2007’s Hot Rod, 2009’s Fantastic Mr Fox, 2010’s Tron: Legacy, and 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
To peep the full line-up of films that will be riding into GOMA, head here. Motorcycles on Screen is completely free, all you have to do is rock up (seating is limited, so we recommend zooming in early) and GOMA’s ushers will ensure all patrons in the cinema follow COVID-safe seating arrangements.
This article was written with our friends at QAGOMA.