Boy and Bicycle, the first film made by Alien/Gladiator director Sir Ridley Scott, can now be watched in full and for free thanks to the British Film Institute

The first ever film made by legendary British director Sir Ridley Scott, Boy and Bicycle, has been made available to view for free online.

The British Film Institute has made Scott’s short film available via its BFI Player. The black-and-white short follows the story of a boy who bunks off school to spend the day exploring Hartlepool on his bike.

Although the film was finished in 1965, it was shot during Scott’s time in London’s Royal College of Art in 1961, and it features his brother Tony Scott, who also went on to become a successful film director.

Boy and Bicycle, film by Ridley Scott

Boy and Bicycle, a film by Ridley Scott made in 1965

The budget for the film was allegedly £65 – a stark contrast to the multi-million pound budgets of Scott’s later films such as Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and most recently, The Martian.

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Although undoubtedly looking a bit dated – it is 50 years old after all – the film’s central theme that cycling can bring freedom to someone’s life and is the perfect way to explore your surroundings still rings true today.

You can watch the 28-minute film in its entirety on the British Film Institute website.

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    Nonsense. The BFI’s website is a wonderful resource for anybody with a serious interest in film.

    Whereas Youtube is a wonderful resource for halfwits to watch road rage incidents and wardrobe malfunctions.

    Okay I’m exaggerating, but it’s nice to able to watch something like this on a website created by people who actually care about film.

  • Marty Cunningham

    The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand… The video is not Authorised for you location!

  • nelsonsmith

    This idea that everything needs to be free is one of the reasons lots of really good artists can’t survive.

  • Walter Crunch

    Because it’s simply garbage. YouTube works across all modern platforms. Hosting content on your own site is simply shortsighted and a waste of resources. This movie should be in the public domain anyhow.

  • JBranch

    FWIW, I just discovered that viewers in the US (which includes me) aren’t allowed to view the film. It’s probably licensed only for the UK.

  • JBranch

    Why are you unwilling to watch it on the BFI site? To answer your question, there may be technical or legal reasons why BFI can’t or doesn’t want to put the video on YouTube, including the likelihood that BFI doesn’t own the rights but only licensed the right to show the film on its own site.

  • Rob King

    “Contains mild language and one image of a dead dog.”

    Alrighty then…..

  • Walter Crunch

    That sounds great. Why couldn’t they just upload it to YouTube?