Ridley Scott's cycling film free to watch online

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

Boy and Bicycle, film by Ridley Scott

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.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.