Chelsea Bridge Boys
Chelsea Bridge Boys takes a cool look at a gang of “Rockers” who meet at a tea-kiosk on Chelsea Bridge, London. One of three London sketches directed by Peter Davis and made for Swedish Television. The film is largely based on candid interviews where the bikers respond to questions about politics, society, freedom and independence.
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Sound, Black & White
One of three London sketches directed by Peter Davis and made for Swedish Television. The film is largely based on candid interviews where the bikers respond to questions about politics, society, freedom and independence.
Co-Director: Peter Davis
Co-Director: Staffan Lamm
Production: Sveriges Television (SVT)
Biker introduces himself and gives reasons as to why he started riding.
View of of an active Battersea Power Station. Camera pans to shot of Chelsea Bridge.
Passing shot of the Michael Farraday Memorial, Elephant and Castle.
Pillion girl talks about wanting to become an artist.
Motorbike accesories in shop windows; bikers looking around showrooms.
Girl shares her thoughts on why Mods and Rockers clash.
Biker comments on violence, work, politics and religion.
Street views of the Battersea area from the perspective of the motorbike, including Battersea Dogs Home.
Biker gives his opinion on the justice system (notably the death penalty) and war.
Camera fades to night-time scenes of bikers assembling at a tea-kiosk on the bridge.
Bikers assemble in a cafe, playing cards and pinball.
Biker talks about biker culture, mentioning reknowned transport cafes favoured by bikers and rockers such as the Ace Cafe, Busy Bee and Johnson’s. He criticises reckless motorcycling and negligent ownership of their vehicles.
Scene at a ten-pin bowling alley.
Biker is prompted (reluctantly) into talking about home-life and the virtue of virginity.
Camera fades to more night-time scenes shot from the viewpoint of the motorcyclist and the viewpoint of the motorbike at speed.
A Scottish biker discusses ‘settling down’; what he does when not at Chelsea Bridge; lamenting the countryside and the thrill of riding at speed.
Closing shot of Chelsea Bridge in daylight and credits.
End of shotlist
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Collection of materials relating to the Peter Davis and Staffan Lamm film. Chelsea Bridge Boys takes a cool look at a gang of “Rockers” who meet at a tea-kiosk on Chelsea Bridge.