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Beauty and the Bike

Girls in cycling friendly countries continue to cycle into adulthood, whilst in many other countries they tend to give up during the teenage years. Why?

Beauty and the Bike follows two groups of young women over a period of a year. One is from the Cycling Demonstration town of Darlington, England, where nearly all teenage girls have stopped using a bicycle. The other is from Bremen, where cycling is the transport mode of choice for most teenagers. Over the course of the year, each group visits the other to discover just why their habits – and attitudes towards cycling – are so different.

What they find is a searing indictment of transport policy in the 21st century. To attract people to cycling, politicians need to make it actually attractive, rather than some kind of military expedition. With so much energy being spent looking for technological solutions, why are politicians so reluctant to do the obvious – build attractive cycling infrastructure?

The film concludes with the English girls expressing a new understanding of the political implications of their new-found love of cycling – the car needs to be tamed in our cities and towns, and space re-allocated to sustainable forms of transport.

 

PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
Richard Grassick
Beatrix Wupperman

DARLINGTON PRODUCTION TEAM
Jason Berge
Magnus Dennison
Paul Dillon
Ellin Bridie Grassick
Richard Grassick
Beatrix Wupperman

PRODUKTIONS TEAM BREMEN
Barbara Born
Reinhard Büsching
Thomas Dahm
Ellin Bridie Grassick
Richard Grassick
Ria Pietzner
Beatrix Wupperman

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY
Syd Collumbine

STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sabine Bungert
Phil Dixon

ON THE BIKES
Mia Abazay
Yalda Ahmadkhani
Elvan Caliki
Nicole Donkin
Dina Douvier
Vanessa Drews
Harri Endersby
Leslie Ann Grace
Sofija Kriaucunaite
Ricarda Kutscha
Ashley Mulangu
Kate Pilbeam
Lauren Pyrah
Fern Turner
Lauren Turner

ALSO APPEARING
Courtney Duncan
Alexandra Ellis
Melissa Hall
Hannah Lücke
Ellie McTimoney
Libby McTimoney
Neele Meier
Rebecca Miller
Bethan Owen
Lian Petty
Madisyn Ramsbottom
Georgie Rutherford
Carlotta Siering
Veronika Silkauskaite
Lena Steinbrink
Oona Weiss
Anna Lena Wulf

INTERVIEWEES
Ellen Best
Dave Lyonette
Reinhard Loske
David Hembrow
Alice Hembrow
Mike McTimoney
Michael Glotz-Richter
Reinhard Sobel
Tim Stahl
Lucy Woodward

PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE
Samantha Donkin
Ricarda Hamacher
Sam Wood

SESSION MUSICIANS
Richard Emmerson - Saxophone
Shaun Eland - Trumpet
Terry O'Hearne - Trombone
Neville Kirby - Accordion
Diana Wilkes - Violin
Steve Bone - Flute & Clarinet
Dan Shield - Piano
Syd Collumbine - Guitars

OPENING TITLES SEQUENCE MUSIC
"Gliding" by Alex Plowright

OPENING QUOTATION
From HG Wells
"The Wheels of Chance"
used with kind permission
from the Estate of HG Wells

SUSTRANS BIKE REPAIRS BY
Neil Mitchell
Paul Morrison

DARLINGTON CYCLING CAMPAIGN BIKE BUILDERS
Marie Brown
Andy Samanjoul

PRODUCTION PARTNERS
Darlington Cycling Campaign
Heinrich Böll Stiftung Bremen
Medienwerkstatt Kulturzentrum Schlachthof Bremen
Local Motion
Gewitterziegen e.V.
Dokument@r Bremerhaven

A BIG THANKS TO:

DARLINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL'S TRANSPORT TEAM
Nick Butler
Sue Dobson
Greg McDougall
Louise Neale
Owen Wilson

SENATOR FÜR UMWELT, BAU, VERKEHR UND EUROPA

ALL THE GIRLS' PARENTS FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND HOSPITALITY

and

Gary Arnold
Ruken Aytas
Hartmut Böhme
Swantje Eilers
Wolfgang Golasowski
Carla Jesse
Klaus-Peter Land
Chaleen Lehwalder
Frauke Maack
Dieter Mazur
John Orchard
Marianne Papke
Kev & Sue Pinkney
Sabrina Prestin
Peter Rüdel
Rolf-Peter Sanner
Ivonne Tschischak
Ian Vickers

Darlington Youth Service
Gymnasium Obervieland Bremen
Hummersknott School, Darlington
Marchday
Queen Elizabeth 6th Form College, Darlington
Polam Hall School, Darlington

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