Shot in black and white in a cinema verité style, the film itself tells the story of when lockdown is imposed, and the cast and crew of a film are taken from the set and sent home – alone. Actors without an audience. Directors without a script. Couples fall apart while others come together. A feature film composed of six interlinked narratives, A Bird Flew In explores what happens when we are freed from external distractions and forced to find the meaning in our lives and loves.
One of the first films shot after the pandemic erupted, A Bird Flew In marks the directorial debut of Goldfinch CEO Kirsty Bell (Quant, Father Of Flies, Bombay Rose) and stars Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, Gosford Park), Jeff Fahey (Lost, Lawnmower Man), Julie Dray (Cradle to Grave), Sophie Kennedy Clark (Nymphomaniac, Philomena), Sadie Frost (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors), Camilla Rutherford (Yesterday, Gosford Park), Michael Winder (Set The Thames on Fire) and Frances Barber (The Split, Cold Feet).
The film was written by Elizabeth Morris and multiple-award-winning magazine editor, journalist and film critic, Dominic Wells. Ben Charles Edwards (Quant, Father of Flies) produces, with Sergio Delgado (Bulletproof) as Director of Photography and Philippe Martinez as Executive Producer. The feature is edited by John Smith whose previous feature films include the Oscar-winning ‘Leaving Las Vegas’, ‘Sliding Doors‘ , ‘Proof of Life‘ , ‘Race‘ and ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers‘, for which he won an Emmy for Best Editing.
Previously titled Alone, the film was concieved by Kirsty Bell in the first week of lockdown.
Director Kirsty Bell says “Whilst the film was creatively conceived as a result of lockdown, it’s narrative and interwoven vignettes rather discovers what happens in isolation and emotions are enforced in a pressure cooker environment. I wasn’t looking to explore the statistics or the pandemic but rather focus on the personal, the people and how their relationships were impacted. This film is borne out of a pandemic but focuses on hearts and minds and that’s why it’s force resonates with us all. 12 protagonists are explored and spied on up close and personal – their lives put under a microscope for all to see. They all are neither extraordinary or ordinary – they are simply just people who we follow.”