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Scheme Birds

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  • Tickets: €10.50/€9
  • Date: Wed, 13th Nov 2019
  • Time: 18:15 - 19:43
  • Duration: 88 mins
  • Venue: The Gate Cinema Cork City
  • Director: Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin
  • Country: UK, Sweden
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2019

Gemma is a teenager living on a housing scheme in Motherwell, an area deprived since the demise of the local steel industry. Rattling around a concrete maze, Gemma and her friends can imagine escaping by getting ‘locked up or knocked up’. There is a pervasive air of desperation and violence, though she has some fun with her doting grandfather, who keeps pigeons and teaches boxing, and clearly loves her boyfriend Pat, though he is a jailbird who few approve of. Scheme Birds is a remarkable achievement: a compassionate, intimate portrait of survival that finds poetic beauty and some humour amidst a grim reality. MH

Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival, 2019


The Gate Cinema Cork City
The Gate Cinema, North Main Street
Cork City, Cork T12 KN88 Ireland
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