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Oil in the Blood

Directed by Gareth Maxwell Roberts

Documentary | 125 minutes | U.K. | 2019 | English | CANADIAN PREMIERE


The philosophy of individualism is embedded in motorcycling. The desire to be different and unique is at the root of the motorcyclist’s imagination. Modifying, customising, and changing bikes is at the very heart of the biker. Custom motorcycle culture has experienced a renaissance in recent years, and what was once a niche subculture now bears a significant influence on the international mainstream motorcycle industry.

Over the last three years, Gareth Maxwell Roberts and Lucy Selwood have interviewed nearly three hundred bike builders, riders, journalists, artists and racers; the very heartbeat of this culture. They’ve communed with like-minded souls in Britain, Europe, Japan, Australia, The Far East, Africa and the US. They’ve spoken to major manufactures Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Royal Enfield, Ducati and BMW and have filmed at have filmed at both The Bike Shed London and Paris, The Malle Mile, Wheels & Waves in Biarritz, The Trip Out, The Brooklyn Invitational, The Distinguished Gentlemans Ride in London and New York, Throttle Roll in Sydney, Indian Larry’s Block Party, Dirt Quake, Snowquake, The One Moto Show in Portland, Mama Tried in Milwaukee, Mooneyes in Tokyo, and The Handbuilt Show in Austin.

This film is the culmination of their work and had BikeEXIF say, "Finally: the definitive movie about the custom moto scene."

About the Director

Gareth is a life-long motorcycle enthusiast, having survived thirty-seven years riding the streets of London. He achieved a wholly undistinguished but highly enjoyable four-season career racing 125 and 250cc Grand Prix bikes at club and national level. He is a judge on the prestigious custom build competition The Harrison Awards, alongside Geoff Baldwin of Return Of The Cafe Racers, builders Max Hazan and Craig Rodsmith, and the founder Gerald Harrison. He currently owns six motorcycles, five of which are custom, of which three currently actually work.

Gareth’s career has spanned thirty years in film and video production. In recent years he has produced boxing comedy feature film ‘Gloves Off’, the urban action feature film Montana, the horror film ‘Writers Retreat’, was co-producer on ‘Golden Years’, and Associate Producer on The Rise, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013. Gareth’s second film as a director, The Mortician 3D, was released in the USA by Lionsgate. It premiered at the 2011 Berlinale Berlin Film Festival. His first feature film ‘Kill Kill Faster Faster’ won the Best International Feature Film at the 2008 London Independent Film Festival and a 2008 Erotic Award for Best Independent Feature Film. He has worked closely with a number of international film sales agents such as Content, Kew, Cinetic Media, AV Pictures, Bankside and Shoreline Entertainment. He previously directed and produced hundreds of commercials and music videos for MTV and Channel 4.


Directed by

Gareth Maxwell Roberts

Produced by

Lucy Selwood, Brad Moore, Tony Carne, Trevor Drane



David Hartley


Josh Allen, Matt Broad, Simonluca Fraioli, Andrew Watson

Written by

List of writers

Music & Sound

Rocco DeLuca


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