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No Short Cut

No Short Cut 1964


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No Short Cut 1964

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Simmons

This film to promote the virtues of the National Cycling Proficiency Scheme is unusually told from the point-of-view of two twin bicycles. Each has a rider with a contrasting attitude to road safety; cocky Les is a carefree cyclist while Jimmy follows the rules of the road.

What’s refreshing is director Anthony Simmons’ seemingly ambivalent attitude to the overall safety message – young Jimmy is portrayed as an archetypal goody-two-shoes, while cheeky Les never really gets much of a comeuppance from his actions, escaping from his dramatic accident without a scratch.

This stance may reflect Simmons own unorthodox tendencies, spread across a career stretching from entertaining documentary shorts like Bow Bells to a handful of intriguing features (The Optimists of Nine Elms, Black Joy) and high-profile TV work.

Directed by

Anthony Simmons


Instructional film/TV programme Children's


Setting Off




United Kingdom



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