Silent spring?


The Messenger is a film about songbirds – and the problems they face.

It seems as though the US critics love it to bits…


“Stunning” — Hollywood Reporter

“Provocative and beautiful” — Village Voice

“Powerful” — A New York Times Critics’ Pick 


…and you, and I, can see what we think at various places across the UK including in London on Saturday (that might well be Nottingham tomorrow – but I like Knottingham a lot!) as part of the Green Film Festival.

UK share card

The details of the Barbican showing are here – and I’ll be part of a short discussion of the film afterwards.

If you’ve already seen the film then tell us all whether it is worth the trip…!






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3 Replies to “Silent spring?”

  1. Thanks for this and the reviews.
    Hence the importance of the BBS and its parent, the CBC. Thanks to all those observers for helping to protect songbirds by monitoring their numbers over the decades.
    Thanks Mark, for the recent BBS blog and the eye catching bucolic landscape pic:

    Straight lines, begrudged footpath, three shades of green plus that NPK afterglow in the luxuriant wheat crop with its promise of one ton of beef raised from every eight tons grain per whatever.
    And thanks for noting the other parallel world which belongs to all of us: the unsubsidised soundscape that, if we are lucky, might have a Mistle Thrush giving out its poignant unfinished requiem of a song.

  2. I've seen some of the earlier cuts and edits and can recommend going to see it. Nicely produced, it gives a good overview of the physiological miracle of migratory birds and the problems facing them, from light pollution to trapping.


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