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The Ride

The Ride

| 6 min

From Gerald Potterton (director of the cult classic Heavy Metal), this short film depicts the daydream of a chauffeur awaiting his employer. On a hot summer day, he begins to imagine that it's winter—the residential street where he's parked transforms into snowy mountains, and a series of comic misadventures begin. As the car is replaced by a toboggan, it carries the tycoon away on a dizzying ride. The chase includes some unforgettable antics in the snow, including a piggyback ride on an incredulous skier.

  • director
    Gerald Potterton
  • producer
    Colin Low
  • executive producer
    Tom Daly
  • camera
    Reginald Morris
  • sound
    Ron Alexander
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn
  • cast
    Mac Cuthbertson
    Gerald Potterton


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Ages 12 to 17

Health/Personal Development - Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution

A useful film to introduce the concept of daydreaming and its positive benefits. Discuss the ways in which a vacation in your mind can be a healthy way of problem solving. Explore how we use our minds to escape reality, both positively and negatively.

The Ride
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