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Yesterday I stumbled on the following short film from Ridley Scott titled "Boy and Bicycle" of which he directed in 1962 while a student at the Royal College of Art in London. Shot over the course of six weeks, for ?65 (approx. $108 today) on 16mm and featuring his brother, the late Tony Scott, in the lead role, the short follows a young teen as he skips school. The film was shot in various locations in Hartlepool, North East England. The short would eventually be finished in 1965 when Scott secured financing from the British Film Institute and would then include theme music by James Bond composer John Barry. The short immediately caught my eye and after searching the Internet for commentary from others, most of which feel they see imagery they will later recognize in Scott's Alien, Blade Runner and Black Rain, I think the more obvious discussion points are visual comparisons to »
- Brad Brevet
Looking back at a renowned filmmaker’s oeuvre, there are usually noticeable marks of talent and genius, even in the early years — something unique that sets them apart from the rest. Ridley Scott attended the Royal College of Art and eventually helped establish the school’s film department. During that time, in 1962, he made a 27-minute, 16 mm film that featured his younger brother, the recently departed Tony, as the young protagonist. Their father also appeared in the short. The footage for Boy and Bicycle was shot in a ravaged-looking, bleak Northeast England town with an industrial skyline. The imagery is striking, and the young Scott’s eye was already drawn to a darker motif. Here we can see elements of future works, particularly in the...
- Alison Nastasi
2 items from 2014
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