If you read our article about BikeStormz last summer, you’ll know that there’s a whole urban riding scene where riders are really really good at wheelies. This film takes some of those riders, including Miles ‘Daddy Milo’ Carter, who contributed to the BikeStormz article, off to Scotland to ride Bealach na Bà.
The film is less about the riding and more about what riding means to them, and how the trip affects them. You’ll likely find it gets a bit dusty in here during the campfire scene. For these riders, it’s the first time they’ve seen mountains, waterfalls, Scotland – even left London.
This is Freedom Road is a brand new short film by London director Alex Tiernan.
Co-written by Tiernan and creative team Anna Whitaker & Bonnie Doman and shot just before lockdown, the film follows London gang – ‘BikeStormz’ – a group of teenagers from every corner of the city, brought together by a mutual respect for the ’Bikes up. Knives down’ movement.
The group is led by charismatic mentor, Mac, whose frustration with the lack of opportunities for the group has led him to seek a route out of the city. With the help of BikeStormz they are given the chance of a lifetime to take their biking further afield than they could have imagined.
Described as “the underdogs, the have-nots”, we are invited into the interior worlds of these inner city kids, none of whom have ever left London. Their stirring stories of hardship, acceptance and self-overcoming leap off the screen and are wonderfully observed by the director.
Mac’s powerful message of discipline & self-belief permeates the film and the sense of hope and empowerment that he instils in the gang is deeply touching.
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