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The Birdwatcher

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89 minutes – Drama
Festival released date: December 3, 2015 Whistler Film Festival
Release date: November 18, 2016 (Toronto)
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The Birdwatcher is the story of Saffron, a single mother and no-nonsense social worker. After being diagnosed with cancer, she knows that if she dies, her children will be left to grow up in an unreliable foster care system. At 14, Lucy is all attitude and in a permanent battle of wills with her mother. Son Jonah however, embodies the joy and exuberance of an 8 year-old, completely unaware of his mother’s illness. With few options, Saffron must face the knowledge that her birth mother, with whom she’s had no contact, may be her only hope. Upon discovering the identity of her birth mother Saffron is determined to get to know her. She tracks her down at an RV Park and with kids in tow sets up a tent in a nearby campsite. Birth mother Birdy is a celebrated but reclusive ornithologist and is unnerved by her new noisy neighbors. After several uncomfortable encounters, Saffron unwisely chooses a boisterous gathering of bird watchers to introduce herself as Birdy’s daughter.

The Birdwatcher had its world premiere at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival. It was named Best Canadian Feature at the 2016 Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto.



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Crew:
Producer: Siobhan Devine
Ines Eisses
Roslyn Muir
Alexandra Raffe
Executive Producer:

Alexandra Raffe
Carol Whiteman

Co-Producer:

Larry Di Stefano
Katie Weekley

Associate Producer:

Lucy MacLeod
Pamela Saunders

Line Producer:

Ines Esses

Director:

Siobhan Devine

Screenwriter:

Roslyn Muir

Cinematographer:

Peter F. Woeste

Editor:

Daria Ellerman

Composer:

Jennifer Roworth

Production Designer:

Jill Scott
Jason Choi (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Scott Moffat

Cast:Roles:

Camille Sullivan
Gabrielle Rose
Garwin Sanford
Jakob Davies
Matreya Fedor
Nneka Croal
Nicholas Carella
Xantha Radley
Aidan Devine
Beau Daniels
Erika McKitrick
Milo Shandel
Robert G. Alexander
David Paul Grove
Sharon Bell
Noreen Campbell
Carlos Joe Costa
Samuel Forstved
Myfanwy Meilen
Meeshelle Neal
Michele Povill
Deb Sears

Saffron
Birdy
Finch
Jonah
Lucy
Anna
Matt
Debbie
Wynn
Swede
Kaitlyn
Dr. Shandel
Birdwatcher
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Joni
Birdwatcher
Jim
Teen Guy
Receptionist
Young Client
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