|17.03. / Tuesday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 4|
|18.03. / Wednesday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 5|
There are few prospects for young people in the Scottish town of Motherwell, where the working-class community has never recovered from the closure of the steelworks in 1997. That was the year Gemma was born, and she lends her perspective and voice to this candid coming-of-age documentary full of swearing, drinking and fighting, and the occasional moment of beauty. Knocked up or locked up: for Gemma and her neighbourhood friends, these would appear to be the only options available here. Yet leaving – as her parents did when they left her behind as a baby with her grandfather – is not anything she would consider. In the midst of violence and sometimes painful harshness, her grandfather offers her opportunities to channel her anger and frustration. He gives her boxing lessons and teaches her the rudiments of pigeon racing. When a tragedy occurs in her circle of friends shortly after the birth of Gemma’s son, the moment seems to have arrived for her to take control of things.
Ellen Fiske is a writer, producer and director. She graduated from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2015. Director of the award-winning Scottish short films Keep Me Safe and Lone Dads. Scheme Birds (2019) is her feature debut.
Ellinor Hallin is a director and cinematographer. As a DOP she has worked with drama and documentary for HBO, Zentropa Sweden and SVT to name a few. Scheme Birds (2019) is her directorial feature debut.
Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin
Hanna Lejonqvist SFK
Charlie Jefferson, Loki, Jim Sutherland, Christoffer Meier
Mario Adamson, Ruth Reid
Sisyfos Film Production AB, GID Films
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