Log line: When her 9-year-old daughter’s dreams of becoming a gymnast are on the line, a mother behind bars struggles to keep her whereabouts a secret. Inspired by the real experiences of a former prisoner.

Short Synopsis: “Are you nearly coming home?”
Lee’s got a secret. Contrary to her youngest daughter Ray’s beliefs, Lee isn’t leading the glamourous jet-setting life of an air hostess, she’s in prison and won’t be back for a long time. When Ray qualifies for a prestigious national gymnastics competition, Lee’s desperate to get her the expensive leotard she needs to compete. But with limited means and her volatile new cell-mate Maya to contend with, Lee’s pushed to the brink.

Can she find a way to make Ray’s dreams possible while concealing the truth from her at all costs? Or is time running out for Lee’s lie?

Birds is a fast-paced, tender love story about mums, daughters and daring to dream.




United Kingdom

Directed by:

Tyro Heath


Annie Jenkins


Federica Omodei, Stephane Georges Ugeux, Chloe King

Key Cast:

Debbie Honeywood, Delainey Hayles, Savanna Pennington, Kane Surry, Lois Brabin-Platt