“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

An essential film for anyone who cares about the environment and nature
and full of insights and revelations for all audiences

THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might just mirror our own.

An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide.
THE MESSENGER will take you on a visually stunning journey to reveal how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves.
Songbird SOS & Films A Cinq/ Arte France present
Directed by Su Rynard
Produced by Joanne Jackson, Sally Blake, Martin De La Fouchardiere, Diane Woods & Su Rynard
Running length: 90 minutes   |   Rating: Advisory PG
UK PAL format DVD   |   £20 plus postage
PLUS extras, including a behind the scenes glimpse into how birds were filmed in flight.

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“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

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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
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.