“Beautiful images and compelling stories.” RSPB

A visually thrilling eco-documentary that unravels the mystery behind the world’s vanishing songbird population and questions what this means for humankinds’ own future.

A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY SU RYNARD
MUSIC – PHIL STRONG | EDITOR – EAMONN O’CONNOR | CINEMATOGRAPHY – DANIEL GRANT & AMAR AHRAB VISUAL EFFECTS – MARK ALBERTS | WRITERS – SALLY BLAKE & SU RYNARD
PRODUCERS – JOANNE P. JACKSON, SALLY BLAKE, MARTIN DE LA FOUCHARDIÈRE, DIANE WOODS, SU RYNARD  DIRECTOR – SU RYNARD

“Without doubt the most outstanding film I’ve seen on birds.” President, Bird Studies Canada

The Messenger DVD includes the 90 minute film plus extras, including a behind the scenes glimpse into how birds were filmed in flight.

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This is a UK PAL DVD and may not play on international machines.

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THE MESSENGER in cinemas

Our cinema tour has now ended and a huge thank you to all our hosts, the cinemas and of course our wonderful audiences.
It was great to see so many people come out to enjoy the film, engage in discussion and thanks too for our tour supporters Bird & Wild coffee!
Here’s a list of where we screened the film…
  • Saffron Screen, Saffron Walden, Essex
  • Screen 25, South Norwood, London – with RSPB Bromley and RSPB Croydon
  • Phoenix, Leicester
  • Wild Mind Festival, Co. Kerry, Ireland – IRISH PREMIERE
  • Regather Cooperative, Sheffield – with Ian Cracknell, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust
  • Bonington Theatre, Nottingham – with thanks to The Wildlife Group of Friends of Bestwood Country Park
  • Storyhouse, Chester
  • Eden Court, Inverness – with Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Cinema City, Norwich – with Norfolk Wildlife Trust
  • Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh
  • The Depot, Lewes
  • The Cube Cinema, Bristol – with Ruth Peacey and Tim Scoones & Stephen Moss (former Executive Producers of BBC Springwatch)
  • HOME, Manchester – with Sally Blake, co-writer and co-producer of The Messenger
  • Aldeburgh Cinema, Suffolk – with the Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group and Suffolk Wildlife Trust
  • Leyburn Arts and Community Centre, Leyburn, North Yorkshire
  • Picturehouse @ FACT, Liverpool – with RSPB Liverpool
  • Kino Kulture, Oswestry
  • Broadway Cinema, Nottingham – with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
  • Purbeck Film Festival @ The Rex Cinema, Wareham
More about THE MESSENGER
Filmed across three continents The Messenger extends us a ‘birds’-eye view’ to offer fresh glimpses into epic migratory journeys while chronicling the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time while beautiful slow motion photography illustrates the power and beauty of these delicate winged creatures.
The Messenger is both an artful story about the mass depletion of songbirds on multiple continents (and those who are working to turn the tide) and a visually stunning emotional journey, one that mixes its reflective message with hopeful notes and unique glances into the influence of songbirds on our own expressions of the soul. The Messenger leaves viewers with a profound appreciation for the billions of birds with whom we share our communities and our planet – and with hope for our collective ability to turn the tide.
The Messenger is a Canada/France co-production. The film is being released in the UK through PIPOCA.
The film premiered at the prestigious Hot Docs Film Festival, securing a Top Ten Audience Award and has since won numerous awards and accolades including the award for Best Conservation Program at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in the USA.