The Messenger explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might just mirror our own.
This award-winning film on migratory songbirds makes its temporary home in the UK with upcoming cinema screenings and a DVD release.
An essential film for anyone who cares about the environment and nature and full of insights and revelations for all audiences, The Messenger explores mankind’s deep-seated connection to songbirds and the devastating impact humans have had on bird species, from urbanisation, climate change and pesticides.
Cinema and festival screenings in 2018
We’re bringing The Messenger to cinemas in Scotland, London, Sheffield, North Yorkshire and Norfolk and screening at a festival in County Kerry! Further details will be added below, please check back or head to Facebook and Twitter for announcements.
Regather Cooperative, Sheffield
Thursday 1 March, 7.30pm
With an introduction from Dr John Rose, Sheffield Hallam University and Dr Nicky Rivers, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust
Tickets: buy online
The Cube Cinema, Bristol
Wednesday 7 March, 8pm
With introduction and Q&A from Tim Scoones and Stephen Moss (former Executive Producers of BBC Springwatch).
Tickets: buy online
Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh
Monday 12 March, 7.30pm
With special guests to be announced
Free screening: more info
Cinema City, Norwich
Saturday 17 March, 3.30pm
With Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Tickets: Call the Box Office on 0871 902 5724* or buy online
*Calls cost 13p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge
Eden Court, Inverness
Saturday 17 March at 2pm & Sunday 18 March at 5.15pm
With intro and Q&A from Scottish Wildlife Trust (Saturday screening)
Tickets: Call the Box Office on 01463 234 234 or buy online
Sunday 25 March, 1pm
Tickets: Call the Box Office on 01244 409 113 (option #1)* or buy online soon
*£2.50 phone transaction fee applies
Bonington Theatre, Nottingham
Sunday 1 April, 2.30pm
With thanks to The Wildlife Group of Friends of Bestwood Country Park
Tickets: Call the Box Office on 0115 901 3640 or buy online
Screen 25, South Norwood, London
Wednesday 2 May, 7.45pm
With RSPB Bromley and RSPB Croydon
Tickets: on sale soon
Purbeck Film Festival @ The Rex Cinema, Wareham
Broadway Cinema, Nottingham – with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Kino Kulture, Oswestry
Picturehouse @ FACT, Liverpool – with RSPB Liverpool
Aldeburgh Cinema, Suffolk – with the Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group and Suffolk Wildlife Trust
HOME, Manchester – with Sally Blake, co-writer and co-producer of The Messenger
Leyburn Arts and Community Centre, Leyburn, North Yorkshire
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Watch the trailer
More about the film
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.
“The arguments are persuasive, the message from the birds powerful, and the film a rich and satisfying call to action that is presented with some novel ideas for how to restore the ecological balance.” Critics’ Pick-The New York Times
The Messenger on DVD
Buy a copy of The Messenger on DVD.
Each copy will be shipped with a free bag of Bird & Wild coffee.
“You will be impressed by the beautiful images of THE MESSENGER and by its compelling stories. You will wonder ‘why are we doing this to the planet’? This powerful film will convince many of the need to act for migrant bird conservation across the globe.”Carles Carboneras, RSPB
Book your own screening
Get in touch if you'd like to host your own screening of The Messenger.
You can also have Bird & Wild goodie bags to giveaway!
“Without a doubt, THE MESSENGER is the most outstanding film I’ve seen on birds. The fact that it is so strongly science-based, so emotive in its pitch, so beautiful in its design it captivates me and everyone who has had a chance to see it.” Steven Price, President, Bird Studies Canada
Corporate and Educational Screenings
If you would like to screen The Messenger in the workplace or at a corporate event, or you wish to purchase the film for a public or institutional library or you would like to use the film in a workshop/training session in your workplace, school, college or university.