An ‘outstanding’ film about migratory songbirds is coming to UK cinemas


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

The Messenger Film

Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to wetlands near Mount Ararat to the streets of New York City, THE MESSENGER brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated these airborne music-makers.

For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Now under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically.

In the film scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon and reveal amazing secrets of the bird world. Beautiful slow motion photography illustrates the power and beauty of these delicate winged creatures.

Get yourself to a screening of the film and find out what’s killing our songbirds, and what can be done about it.

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

If you’d like to arrange a screening of the film for your group or society please contact the UK distributor: Sally Hodgson via [email protected]


Screenings of THE MESSENGER

Purbeck Film Festival @ The Rex Cinema, Wareham - Thursday 26 October 8.15pm

Broadway Cinema, Nottingham - Saturday 28 October 2pm

Light Cinema, Sheffield - Monday 30 October

KinoKulture, Oswestry - Tuesday 31 October, 7.30pm

Picturehouse @ FACT, Liverpool - Tuesday 31 October

Aldeburgh Cinema, Suffolk - Sunday 3 December

HOME, Manchester - Friday 29 December


More screenings are being arranged and up-to-date information and booking details can be found on the film’s Facebook page:

Edit: We went to see the showing in Aldeburgh last week.  A lovely place to visit, a nice old fashioned playhouse.  The film was brilliant.  I can only advise that everyone who cares at all about nature and our planet should go and see this film.  It asks a lot of questions and we are the ones who need to come up with the answers; before it is too late for us all. George Bradley, SongBird Survival, [email protected]