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Documentarian Brian Hill, poet Simon Armitage and composer Simon Boswell collaborate with female inmates at Downview Prison in Sutton, England, to document their social histories in song. Inmates sing of their lives before prison, including childhood abuse, domestic violence, struggles with addiction, and their own personal failings. The film explores issues of victimhood and criminality, while recasting its condemned subjects simply as women with stories to tell.

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Critic Reviews for Songbirds

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (5)

  • Through the musical numbers, Songbirds achieves an artistic and emotional clarity that all the talking-head interviews in the world could never produce.

    January 26, 2006
  • Songbirds is tough-mindedly striking on several levels. Its protagonists seem not exploited or manipulated, but fully engaged by their curious autobiographical mini-musical opportunity.

    March 30, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The film clearly raises questions about the nature of sentencing in the UK - two "duped" drug mules, for example, are serving a mind-blowing 18 years.

    December 7, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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    January 24, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Audiences will be in for a unique experience featuring some of the rawest musical numbers you're bound to see for a good long while.

    January 23, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
  • Through the musical numbers, Songbirds achieves an artistic and emotional clarity that all the talking-head interviews in the world could never produce.

    January 26, 2006
  • Songbirds is tough-mindedly striking on several levels. Its protagonists seem not exploited or manipulated, but fully engaged by their curious autobiographical mini-musical opportunity.

    March 30, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The film clearly raises questions about the nature of sentencing in the UK - two "duped" drug mules, for example, are serving a mind-blowing 18 years.

    December 7, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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    January 24, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Audiences will be in for a unique experience featuring some of the rawest musical numbers you're bound to see for a good long while.

    January 23, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

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