UPDATE: For lack of a decisive title, I’ve extended this to Friday 23rd — after that, there’s really no going back.
I’d like to ‘crowdsource’ a film and book title
by Saturday, the 17th of September. This weekend.
If you come up with the magic bullet, I’ll send you:
- an invitation to the U.K. premiere next year,
- a DVD copy of the film,
- a copy of the book, and
- we’ll put a special thank you in the film’s credits.
Material incentives aside, you’d help me do justice to the culmination of five years of planning, adventuring, filming and writing, the result of which could hardly be more personal to me.
I realise this is a tall order without seeing it and knowing what it’s about! That’s why I’m asking you, because as regular readers of my blog, you’ll know better than most what sits behind all of this.
So, without spoiling things too much, here are a few pointers:
What the film isn’t
- A road-trip film
- A cycling-round-the-world film
- An expedition film
- A linear plotline
- A cultural exposition
- A single-genre film
- A heroic tour-de-force
- It’s nothing like ‘The Man Who Cycled The World’ or ‘Cycling Home From Siberia’
What the film is
- A human story
- Romantically inclined
- A long and lonely journey of self-discovery (yuck!)…
- …set within some relatively epic bicycle adventures
- Uncomfortably (for me) honest
- A nice yarn with a happy ending!
It’s about the process of maturation that runs through the experience of setting out to cycle round the world, young, naive and pompous; and coming back several years later, slightly ashamed of having been so arrogant, having not cycled round the world, but having grown up a bit and done a lot of lonely cycling, and — on the way — discovered that there are more important & rewarding things in life than pedalling insanely for years just to tick off a really big box. Love and companionship, for example.
A few more things that might help:
- All photos from the journeys squashed into a three-minute video
- Ancient videos of the young, naive and pompous part
- A super-summarised account of the travels involved (scroll down to ‘What Was Ride Earth’)
- Long and rambling thoughts after finishing the last solo long-term journey
- More recent musings on the nature of adventure
- Go back up and look at the word cloud, which come from the book’s latest manuscript.
Righto, that should be plenty to go on. The deadline is Saturday night. Clock’s ticking — let’s get a good brainstorm going in the comments. Results on Monday!
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