It was great meeting Ian, chatting about the film, his background and his involvement with cycling. He has a neat collection of bikes and loves riding fixed. We even got to sneak a peek at his 1983 Dolan original team issue.
Can you spot Ian's bike buried in the pile?...
Ian has been riding fixed in London since '99. After the 7/7 bombings in London 2005 he saw a change and noticed more and more Londoners riding, people were not keen on taking public transport after this. From that London's love for cycling grew even bigger.
He has been working on Alleycats for seven years now and is ready for the final push of filming and its imminent release. Ian is keen for the film to have a very real and raw edge, so no Hollywood special effects or super stars. He want's the film to show a true representation of London's cycling culture without focusing solely on alley cats and bikes, mentioning films such as Kids and Point Break as inspiration. This is a film we're definitely excited about.
Last year only 12% of protagonists in film were female. It's 2015 and those figures are completely ridiculous, so we're more than happy to hear that the lead role is female. The story is really exciting but we don't want to give anything away so you will have to wait and see for yourselves.
Image from Alleycats Facebook page
In order for the film to keep the realness intended and not be swallowed by a Hollywood production, Ian and the team have opted for a Kickstarter page, donate what you can to help get the wheels in motion!
We'll have more updates on filming and it's release. So keep your eyes peeled! Check theirFacebook for more information too.