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Boy and Bicycle (1965)

| Short, Drama | 1965 (UK)
A teenage boy plays truant from school, and spends the day riding around the town and the deserted beach on his bicycle, letting his mind wander as he imagines he is the only person in the world.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writer:

Ridley Scott

Star:

Tony Scott
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A lad of 16 spends a day on his bike in and about a village on the coast of the North Sea south of Newcastle. He heads to the shore for a contemplative smoke, rides into the village for a visit to a candy shop, then goes back to the strand. Clouds, water, shadows, and reflections give his day texture as do his internal monologues - comic commentary on adults, thoughts about dying, and observations about his family. Afternoon rain sends him looking for shelter. He explores a shack where someone lives. What discoveries await? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1965 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

£315 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Boy and Bicycle (1965) was Ridley Scott's very first film: A black-and-white short, shot on 16mm without sound. Scott shot the footage in 1961 while studying at the Royal College of Art. The shoot was funded with £65 (for film and processing) and a Bolex 16mm camera (free rental) by the RCA. In 2017, Scott remembered: "My brother, Tony Scott, was the actor and chief equipment carrier (smiles). I remember it cost £65, and I took six weeks to bugger about on Redcar and Hartlepool beach to make this movie." The short film (including soundtrack, music and titles) would only be fully completed and copyrighted in 1965 with a £250 grant from the British Film Institute. See more »

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Edited into Cinema16: British Short Films (2003) See more »

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Onward Christian Spacemen
Composed and Conducted by John Barry
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Remarkable

This film was offered as a free treat for BFI members in April, 2011. Easy to be wise after the event, but even so Ridley Scott's mastery of direction, photography and post production seems now to presage a major auteur. Internal evidence (theatre and film posters) suggests that some filming took place in 1961 in which case Scott was a young genius. As others have suggested, it adds up to nothing much. It's just a film poem. But what wonderful imagery. A lot of credits are missing. I reckon that the voice-over is not that of Scott's brother Tony who stars. Who's the mother? Who's the boat owner at the end? Whatever, recommended.


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