Scheme Birds

Directed by Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin
2019
Sweden, UK
86 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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This sensitive documentary which recently won Best Documentary Feature at Tribeca Film Festival, follows Gemma, a tenacious teenager in the tough neighbourhood of Jerviston, Motherwell.

Teenager Gemma lives in the tough Scottish neighbourhood of Jerviston, Motherwell, where “you either get knocked up or locked up,” in her words. Co-directors Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin have crafted an amazingly intimate and at times heartbreaking chronicle of Gemma’s life, in a place blighted by broken promises since the steelworks closed almost 40 years ago. Violence and disappointment are the constants of life here. Times may be tough, but Gemma’s a “scheme bird,” with courage, determination and personal strength that’s memorably captured in this fascinating, devastating documentary.

Europe! Voices of Women director biographies: Ellen Fiske is a writer, producer and director of the award-winning Scottish short films Keep Me Safe and Lone Dads. Ellinor Hallin is a Swedish director and cinematographer with a background in documentary.

It's a beautifully shot, often heartbreaking slice-of-life tale that quickly pulls the viewer in with its captivating lead.
Adam Patterson, Film Pulse

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Thu 6 June
6:15pm
Dendy Newtown
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Sun 9 June
10am
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
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Program Strand
Europe! Voices of Women in Film
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
Sweden, UK
Language
In English
Director
Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin
Producer
Mario Adamson, Ruth Reid
Screenwriter
Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin
Cinematographer
Ellinor Hallin
Editor
Hanna Lejonqvist SFK
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Women Directors, Politics & Economics, Biography, Focus on Women
Company Credits
World Sales: Syndicado Film Sales
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