Film fans can watch Sir Ridley Scott's first movie for free

Film fans can watch Sir Ridley Scott's first movie, Boy and Bicycle, for free on the BFI website.
Film fans can watch Sir Ridley Scott's first movie, Boy and Bicycle, for free on the BFI website.
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The first film made by North East-born Alien and Gladiator director Sir Ridley Scott has been made available to watch for free.

Boy and Bicycle was the legendary director's first film, made 50 years ago - supposedly at a cost of just £65.

Sir Ridley Scott as he is today.

Sir Ridley Scott as he is today.

That's a stark contrast to the multi-million-pound budgets of his later films, such as Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and most recently, The Martian.

Scott, now 78, was born in South Shields, and studied four four years at West Hartlepool College of Art, where he obtained a diploma in design.

The film was shot in Hartlepool in 1961, by which time Scott was studying at London’s Royal College of Art, but not finished until 1965.

It features his brother Tony Scott, who also went on to become an internationally successful film director.

The black-and-white short follows the story of a boy who bunks off school to spend the day exploring Hartlepool on his bike.

Its central theme is that cycling can bring freedom to someone’s life and is the perfect way to explore your surroundings.

The 28-minute film can now be watched in full and for free thanks to the British Film Institute, which has posted it on its BFI player HERE.