Boy and Bicycle (28 mins)
Ridley Scott’s first film – featuring his younger brother, the late Tony Scott, as a schoolboy playing truant for the day to meander around Hartlepool on his bicycle – is a far cry from the director’s Hollywood blockbusters, a lyrical and highly personal evocation of the early sixties North East.
Taking inspiration from James Joyce’s Ulysses, Scott employs a stream of consciousness that reveals the everyday thoughts and frustrations of the teenage schoolboy. Scott shot in black and white on a Bolex 16mm cine-camera while studying photography at the Royal College of Art in London in 1962. In post-production, Scott was able to secure a score from John Barry, with the composer recording an original piece after being impressed with the young filmmaker’s work.
Start playing within 30 days. Finish watching in 48 hours.
Featuring Tony Scott
Directed by Ridley Scott
More like this...
A beautiful and evocative survey of cycling's golden years.
Three carefree schoolgirl cyclists learn the dangers of 'riding abreast' in this quaint cautionary tale shot in idyllic countryside.
Britannia rules the waves! Scenes of a battleship at gunnery practice, with fine shots of the guns firing.
A two-wheeled convoy of Victorian gentlewomen in a charming early film enigma.
Pedal power saves a dad's day in this colourful cycling safety film set in a sunny 60s South East London.
Directed by Frank Prendergast, 1983
A ripe slice of 80s cheese: a lively, rapping cautionary tale for the young cyclist.
An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.
Richard Ayoade’s stylish and sinister adaptation of Dostoevsky’s story stars Jesse Eisenberg in a dual-role as a timid office clerk confronted by his confident, scheming doppelganger.
Enjoy a preview of the exciting films we’ve got in store for you on the BFI Player.