Ellipsis Pictures and Ugly Duckling Films, in association with Twickenham Studios have released the first look image for THE BIKE THIEF, showing lead actor Alec Secareanu as The Rider, while Beta Cinema have boarded the project and will be handling international sales.
The film is based on an original story from debut feature director Matt Chambers. The script was a 2018 Brit List nominee and is a visceral and timely tale of a Romanian family living in London. The film stars BIFA-nominated Alec Secareanu (God’s Own Country, Outside), BAFTA-winner Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Fury), Aaron Neil (Paddington 2, Class), Lucian Msamati (Black Earth Rising, Taboo), Anna Wilson-Jones (Victoria, Spaced) and June Watson (The Death Of Stalin, Agatha Raisin). THE BIKE THIEF will also introduce newcomers, Alexia-Maria Proca and Chicho Tche. Graham Hastings from the Mercury Prize-winning band, Young Fathers, is providing the score.
Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes from Ellipsis Pictures, Sophia Gibber (McKellen: Playing the Part) and Lene Bausager (Cashback, Coherence) from Ugly Duckling Films are producing, accompanied by Executive Producers Dana Hoegh and Simon Moran.
THE BIKE THIEF centres around a Romanian family dealing with life in the UK’s chaotic capital. The mother (Anamaria Marinca) finds herself cleaning houses. The father, known as the Rider (Alec Secareanu), delivers pizzas. To the family, the moped is everything. It is central to the Rider’s job, takes his daughter to school and gets his wife to work. When the bike is stolen, the Rider is forced into action. Strained and desperate, just how much pressure can a good man’s moral compass bear when his family is on the line? Taking place over just a few days, THE BIKE THIEF leads us into an intimate examination of urban anonymity.
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