Scheme Birds

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Scheme Birds bursts with the frustration of a generation of Scots let down by society's promises. We see the fading steel town through the eyes of Gemma, a soon-to-be mother on the verge of adulthood. In a place where you "either get knocked up or locked up," Gemma carves out brief moments of tenderness amidst the violence of her local scheme.

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  • 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.

    May 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • As a feature-length debut for Swedish duo Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin, it's a work of major promise.

    May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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  • A solar black hole of infinite social gravity. Without films like this, not even light can escape.

    August 1, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Scheme Birds is a poetic, raw project, at times poignantly depressing, and, at others, inspiring and even fun as we are privy to people letting loose and cracking jokes in a typical coming-of-age movie fashion.

    July 25, 2020 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps [directors] Fiske and Hallin thought this documentary would be more compelling if it focused on someone who looks like the girls who star in the MTV reality show Teen Mom. Gemma's story is not unusual enough to have a lasting impact on viewers.

    July 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • SCHEME BIRDS is a notable achievement on various levels - it reaches a level of intimacy and empathy with its subject that's rare in Scottish or British cinema. Placed in the hands of such technically skilled filmmakers, this important story simply soars.

    February 13, 2020 | Full Review…

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