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Scheme Birds

Mon 24 June | 6:05 pm - 9:00 pm

Filmhouse
88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: Scheme Birds

Director: Ellinor Hallin & Ellen Fiske | Countries of production: Sweden, United States | Year: 2018 | Length: 88 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years

Scottish teenager Gemma has never backed down from a fight: that’s the way of life in the housing estate where she grew up, in Motherwell.

In a place still reeling from the closure of the local steelworks, there’s little to do for teenagers looking for kicks. Gemma says scheme birds like her either get “locked up or knocked up”, so perhaps her path is set.

As Gemma’s life twists unexpectedly, the film follows her and the people in her life: her grandfather (who raised her after her mother left), her boyfriend Pat, her unlucky best friend Amy, and her neighbour JP. A heartbreakingly tender coming-of-age tale, Scheme Birds asks what causes a person to change—and whether it’s ever too late to do so.

Lyrical yet unflinching in its gaze, this remarkable documentary debut offers a sobering reflection on the reality of social inequity in today’s Scotland, and the communities that have been left behind.

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Beyond the Screen

Our Executive Director Tamara Van Strijthem will be leading a conversation after the screening with the one of the film’s directors, Ellen Fiske, and the film’s producer, Ruth Reid.

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