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Copyright © 2011 Felipe Bustos Sierra

Three-Legged Horses

A rickshaw driver cycles up through Edinburgh on his very last night, at the end of a long run. After being told any more work will damage his knees permanently, he's now on a mission. He's got a target and he's going to make the best of it. Unfortunately, he soon finds himself on his worst night ever, his rickshaw nearly stolen, his earnings all gone, pain constantly shooting through his knees, his sanity in doubt and confidence ebbing away. As the night threatens to end with nothing to show for, he reluctantly agrees to go on his most gruelling ride yet, up to the Castle, an unrelenting pointless lift.

Film notes

Three-Legged Horses is the second Debasers filum, a short independent film about community and the random, fleeting but powerful connections people can make on any given night.

It was the very first crowdfunded short film in Scotland, with two successful campaigns on Kickstarter and Sponsume, raising mostly to cover the music rights to Gonna Fly Now, the theme from Rocky.


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Copyright © 2011 Felipe Bustos Sierra

Previous screenings

9 Feb – 26 Feb | Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 Jun – 17 Jun | United Kingdom
GoNorth | 2012
13 Jun – 14 Jun | Inverness, United Kingdom
Cinefiesta: Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival | 2012
22 Jul – 29 Jul | Caguas, Puerto Rico
6 Sep – 9 Sep | Vineyard Haven, United States
3rd Emmentaler Filmtage | 2012
12 Oct – 14 Oct | Walkringen, Switzerland
8 Apr – 13 Apr | Grasse, France
25 Apr – 2 May | Newport Beach, United States
Courts des Îles: International Festival of Short Fiction Films from the Islands of the World
9 Nov – 17 Nov | Papeete, French Polynesia
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
30 Jan – 7 Feb | Clermont-Ferrand, France

Latest press reviews/articles

Felipe Bustos Sierra, the writer, director and producer of Edinburgh-based short film Three Legged Horses, discusses a development process which has seen the production reach the editing stage minus one key element…the theme to Rocky.
8 Jan 2011 | Jonathan Melville | Reel Scotland
“... Bruntsfield-based writer and director Felipe Bustos Sierra blogs about how the innovative funding of his film Three-Legged Horses rewards its community of supporters - and pays for a top soundtrack. ...”
7 Jan 2011 | Michael MacLeod | The Guardian
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