The Bird Game is about a wicked trickster crow that snares innocent children in an elaborate game and leads them to their deaths. In The Bird Game, the rules can change at any moment. There is no stable ground to stand on. So the only thing to do is to stay alert, embrace the strangeness, and fly into the flame.
Directed by Marianna Simnett, co-written by Marianna Simnett & Charlie Fox, produced by Sophie Neave, shot on 16mm by Robbie Ryan BSC, starring Joanne Whalley as ‘Crow’, with music by Oliver Coates, and performed by live birds and children at Waddesdon Manor.
Production Company: Film and Video Umbrella. Co-commissioned by the Rothschild Foundation, Frans Hals Museum, and Film and Video Umbrella.
Marianna Simnett, The Bird Game (film still), 2019. Courtesy the artist, FVU, the Rothschild Foundation and the Frans Hals Museum.