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Comedy film about cyclist who never removes helmet falls well short of crowdfunding goal... but they're going to make it anyway

Because who doesn't need to see a live action comedy feature film "about a guy who never removes his bike helmet and attempts to win a disco dance contest"?...

The news I'm sure you've all been waiting on the edge of your seat for ever since we first caught wind in Tech of the Week of a wacky idea for a crowdfunded feature comedy film about a cyclist who never takes off his helmet... I know, how has nobody thought of this before? Well, there's good and bad news, it's up to you which way round you assign those particular reactions, as the project fell well short of its crowdfunding goal... but they're going to make the film anyway.

In an update on the project's Indiegogo page — where 61 backers put up £3,692 towards the film, £20,514 short of its target — the director Tony Mouleart said shooting will begin in the next couple of months but that 'Bike Hat Harry' may take longer than expected.

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"We finished our crowdfunding campaign, he wrote. "We raised $4500 with over 60 contributors. We appreciate your support. We didn't hit our ultimate goal however, we still plan to make the film (it just may take longer than expected)."

Bike Helmet Harry (Indiegogo)

Yep, that's right, the live action comedy feature film about a guy who never takes off his bike helmet, that's set in an underground disco dance world, may be coming to a screen near you.

We're going to defer responsibility to the campaign's own words for the more in-depth explanation of what that means. It says: "A quirky bike courier (who never removes his helmet) teams up with a charismatic con man to win a disco dance contest and win the heart of a dance teacher.

"It's like Saturday Night Fever meets There's Something About Mary."

Bike Helmet Harry (Indiegogo)

And if you aren't already sold, apparently the audience, at a live script reading at the Broadwater Theatre in Hollywood, "loved it". 

Perhaps preempting the inevitable, the Indiegogo page has a lengthy 'Why make this film?' section, where "passion for dance, bike helmet safety awareness, and positivity" get a mention.

"As a former triathlete, I spent a lot of time cycling," directory Tony says. "I was hit by a car [driver] while training. Thankfully, I was wearing a bike helmet to protect me. Cycling is the number one cause of head injuries among recreational sports. Bike helmets save lives and serious head injuries by 60 per cent."

 The director links a couple of studies during that particular quote if anyone fancies banging their head against the helmet debate wall. Or just watch the crowdfunding video instead...

Dan is the road.cc news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined road.cc in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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Christiaaan | 9 months ago
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This is the way

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Christiaaan | 9 months ago
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This is the way

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ubercurmudgeon | 9 months ago
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If ever there was a case for using scare-quotes around the word "comedy", this is it.

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GMBasix | 9 months ago
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Is there any chance this film will sink without trace?

(the trouble is, helmets float)

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hawkinspeter | 9 months ago
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I notice that the sports related head injury rates for children has a different order of dangerous activities, "playground equipment", football (presumably not soccer) and basketball result in more head injuries. Assuming that helmets are effective, that means that there should be a campaign to get all kids to wear helmets when around playground equipment and also whilst playing basketball.

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OnYerBike | 9 months ago
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I knew it was too much to hope that this was going to be a scathing satire that questioned why it's normalised to wear a helmet for cycling but not for other everyday activities such as driving, walking or disco dancing.

https://beerhelmetaction.wordpress.com/

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ChrisB200SX replied to OnYerBike | 9 months ago
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OnYerBike wrote:

I knew it was too much to hope that this was going to be a scathing satire that questioned why it's normalised to wear a helmet for cycling but not for other everyday activities such as driving, walking or disco dancing.

https://beerhelmetaction.wordpress.com/

I think a comedy skit of someone who wears a bicycle helmet for everything has comedy potential, it may also trigger the helmet zealots.

Man falls off ladder, breaks leg in horrible contorted fashion "It's all fine, I was wearing a helmet".

Pedestrian gets hit by car, comedy ragdoll flip in the air slo-mo, lands perfectly on feet with no injuries. "Helmet saved my life!"

Two drunks having a fight in the street on a Friday night...

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hawkinspeter replied to ChrisB200SX | 9 months ago
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ChrisB200SX wrote:

I think a comedy skit of someone who wears a bicycle helmet for everything has comedy potential, it may also trigger the helmet zealots.

Man falls off ladder, breaks leg in horrible contorted fashion "It's all fine, I was wearing a helmet".

Pedestrian gets hit by car, comedy ragdoll flip in the air slo-mo, lands perfectly on feet with no injuries. "Helmet saved my life!"

Two drunks having a fight in the street on a Friday night...

Have Indiana Jones climbing out of the nuked fridge when he spots a bloke crouched down beside him holding a bike helmet to his head, but clearly still alive

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OnYerBike | 9 months ago
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(double post)

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