Scheme Birds

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    Scheme Birds

    Directed by

    Sweden, United Kingdom

    2019

    90 min

    • English

    Documentary

    SCHEME BIRDS centers on Scottish teenager Gemma and the people in her life: her grandfather, who raised her after her mother abandoned her; her boyfriend Pat; her unlucky best friend Amy; and her neighbor JP. Their scheme is Jerviston, a place where you “either get knocked up or locked up,” where there’s been nothing to do since Margaret Thatcher closed the local steelworks in the 1980s. Everyone finds a distraction to stay out of trouble: Papa keeps pigeons and teaches boxing, the kids drink and commit petty crime, and Gemma finds motherhood.

    Awards

    • Best Documentary Feature Film, Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award - Tribeca FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Gemma
    Pat
    Joseph
    Scott
    Luke
    Amy
    John Paul
    Maria
    Screenplay
    Ellen Fiske
    Ellinor Hallin
    Cinematography
    Ellinor Hallin
    Editing
    Hanna Lejonqvist
    Music
    Charlie Jefferson
    Sales
    SYNDICADO FILM SALES
    Production
    SISYFOS FILM PRODUCTION

    Press

    This is the kind of distinctive and timely picture which is both award and arthouse audience-friendly.

    Wendy Ide, Screendaily

    A superb documentary, an alternately lyrical and gut-punching coming-of-age study.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    It's a testament to the filmmakers' talent and sensitivity that SCHEME BIRDS is never unbearable to watch, nor unduly sentimental in the way of so much liberal-minded cinema.

    Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter

    Ellen Fiske

    Ellen Fiske

    Sweden

    Ellen Fiske is a director, writer, and producer. She directed the award-winning short films KEEP ME SAFE and LONE DADS, both set in Scotland. She is currently co-directing another feature documentary, JOSEFIN & FLORIN. Fiske was selected to participate in the CPH:LAB, the European Documentary Network’s 12 for the Future, and the IDFA Academy.
    Her film SCHEME BIRDS (2019), co-directed by Ellinor Hallin, had its world premiere at Tribeca FF.

    Ellinor Hallin

    Ellinor Hallin

    Sweden

    Ellinor Hallin is a director and cinematographer with a background in documentary. She has worked with Swedish Television SVT and Zentropa Sweden on several projects, and is currently the cinematographer for the upcoming GOSTA, HBO’s first-ever Swedish original series. Hallin’s work on the feature film IN I DIMMAN earned her a Guldbagge nomination for Best Cinematography in 2019.
    Her film SCHEME BIRDS, co-directed by Ellen Fiske, had its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.