Birdy

Synopsis

With the arrival of spring, Birdy is out in her garden doing what she loves most: bird-watching. Year after year she looks out for them and year after year they come back, Ginnie, Pete, and little Jack (Sparrow). But what happens when she gets too close, and passion turns into obsession?

Review

4/5
A drama that explores one woman’s obsession with bird-watching.
Written and directed by Cristina Ballesteros, ‘Birdy’ is a short drama film that explores a woman’s fascination with birds. Susannah Scott stars as ‘Birdy’ – the sole character. The film delves into Birdy’s bond with her garden birds and her childhood with her bird-loving father. The short acts as a psychological study of the character and is shot in 16mm to give the film a makeshift finish.

The 9-minute film opens with Birdy observing her beloved birds with binoculars. Her garden is a haven of self-crafted bird-feeders. Birdy breaks the fourth-wall throughout – speaking to the audience directly about her passion for bird-watching. Her intense interest reveals much about the character’s psyche – a lonely woman in desperate need for friendship/companionship or a way to connect to her late-father. Birdy has given the wild birds a name, accompanied with a narrative – revealing her unapologetic obsession. In one particular scene, whilst speaking about her fall out with Jason (a bird), she fidgets with a kitchen knife – exposing her troubling mindset.

Birdy Short Film
Susannah Scott’s portrayal as Birdy is alluring and engaging from start to finish. A tense performance, albeit with a charming introduction. The brilliant use of 16mm cinematography delivers a colorful finish that viewers will find magical. Christina Ballesteros’ experimental narrative deserves high praise. An interesting watch. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Cristina Ballesteros
Writer(s): Cristina Ballesteros, Liam Aldridge
Cast: Susannah Scott
Producer(s): Deborah Charles, Rebecca Groves, Rika Kulsavat
Director of Photography: Candida Richardson
Editor(s): Alex Cid
Animation:
Sound:
Music: Michael Palmer
Miscellaneous:

Specifications

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Subjects: Loneliness, Psychology, Psychopath
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2021
Published in May 2022

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Cristina Ballesteros
Writer(s): Cristina Ballesteros, Liam Aldridge
Cast: Susannah Scott
Producer(s): Deborah Charles, Rebecca Groves, Rika Kulsavat
Director of Photography: Candida Richardson
Editor(s): Alex Cid
Animation:
Sound:
Music: Michael Palmer
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Subjects: Loneliness, Psychology, Psychopath
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2021
Collections:

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Birdy

Synopsis

With the arrival of spring, Birdy is out in her garden doing what she loves most: bird-watching. Year after year she looks out for them and year after year they come back, Ginnie, Pete, and little Jack (Sparrow). But what happens when she gets too close, and passion turns into obsession?

Review

A drama that explores one woman's obsession with bird-watching.

4/5
Written and directed by Cristina Ballesteros, ‘Birdy’ is a short drama film that explores a woman’s fascination with birds. Susannah Scott stars as ‘Birdy’ – the sole character. The film delves into Birdy’s bond with her garden birds and her childhood with her bird-loving father. The short acts as a psychological study of the character and is shot in 16mm to give the film a makeshift finish.

The 9-minute film opens with Birdy observing her beloved birds with binoculars. Her garden is a haven of self-crafted bird-feeders. Birdy breaks the fourth-wall throughout – speaking to the audience directly about her passion for bird-watching. Her intense interest reveals much about the character’s psyche – a lonely woman in desperate need for friendship/companionship or a way to connect to her late-father. Birdy has given the wild birds a name, accompanied with a narrative – revealing her unapologetic obsession. In one particular scene, whilst speaking about her fall out with Jason (a bird), she fidgets with a kitchen knife – exposing her troubling mindset.

Birdy Short Film
Susannah Scott’s portrayal as Birdy is alluring and engaging from start to finish. A tense performance, albeit with a charming introduction. The brilliant use of 16mm cinematography delivers a colorful finish that viewers will find magical. Christina Ballesteros’ experimental narrative deserves high praise. An interesting watch. Highly recommended.

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