Rare Giants is a film screening venture headed up by the most passionate of film fans Kat Chirnside (formerly of Sheffield Doc/Fest) and Ryan Finnigan (The Five and Dime Picture Show). It exists to explore under-appreciated or overlooked cinema – unearthing preserved or restored hidden gems and bringing them to the good people of Sheffield. For Rare Giants' next mini-season, it's taking a look at films from around the world that are located in cities built on seven hills.
Cities of Seven Hills explores Sheffield’s own cinematic heritage by looking outward to geographical and emotional landscapes of mirror cities and their people, reflecting on Sheffield’s own unique identity and struggles and how local concerns resonate worldwide.
Each of the three films in the season will be screened at Film Unit with an introduction exploring the connection with the city depicted, comparing and contrasting experiences from across the world.
Bicycle Thieves (1948), Tuesday 29 October – book now
In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, Bicycle Thieves truly defined an era in cinema, embodying the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.