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.
- Best Documentary Feature Film, Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award - Tribeca FF
- John Paul
- Ellen Fiske
- Ellinor Hallin
- Ellinor Hallin
- Hanna Lejonqvist
- Charlie Jefferson
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This is the kind of distinctive and timely picture which is both award and arthouse audience-friendly.
A superb documentary, an alternately lyrical and gut-punching coming-of-age study.
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.
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 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.