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The Bicycle

An elderly woman decides to hide her medicine instead of taking it, causing her to reminisce about the past.

  • Francesco Gabriele
    Director
  • Riccardo Angelucci
    Writer
  • Riccardo Angelucci
    Producer
  • Anne Rason
    Key Cast
  • Corinne Mitchell
    Key Cast
  • Pierre Buf
    Key Cast
  • Jennifer Ann Elmore
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 8, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Screen Stockport Film Festival - Official Competition
    Stockport, UK
    October 16, 2015
    World Premiere
    2nd Award - Post Graduate Short Film Category
Director Biography - Francesco Gabriele

Francesco is an Italian Award-winning Director and Producer based in London, founder of the London-based production company Thespian Films Ltd.

With a career spanning over a decade, he directed and produced several films that have been selected and awarded in numerous international film festivals. Among them, his first feature-length film, "Blue Hollywood" had its premiere at the BT Tower in London as the closing night film of the British Urban Film Festival and it was screened in numerous festivals in Canada, Italy, Sweden, Bulgaria, Germany, China, Russia and the USA receiving several awards and achieving international distribution. His short film "Italian Miracle" played at over 40 festivals worldwide, including the Oscar & BAFTA Qualifying LA-Shorts Fest.

He is a graduate of the London Film School, the Screen Acting Programme Lead at St Mary’s University in London and a Visiting Lecturer in Digital Film Production at SAE Institue Oxford.

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Director Statement

When I first read the script of "The Bicycle," I immediately felt in love with it.
It was written by a dear friend of mine, and fellow student at the London Film School.

The story was extremely touching and, even if they were just 5 pages, I surprisingly cried at the end of it. The truth is that my grandma, Concetta, who passed away last June, was affected by the Alzheimer's Disease and I felt deeply connected with the story.

My friend offered me to directed the script and, even if I never directed something I didn't write, I immediately accepted!
Because it was our first term film at LFS, we had huge limitations. The entire film was shot on a 150£ budget, over three days with an Aaton XTR using 400ft (10 mins) of standard 16mm film. In Black and White, with no sound and with natural lights only.

It was extremely challenging, but the effort paid off. "The Bicycle" has been considered one of the best first term film ever realised, and included in the official LFS website.