Review: The Singing Bird Will Come

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Following the death of her mother, the loss of her job and her boyfriend walking out on her, Lauren moves back to her quiet rural hometown to live with her father and brother. Working nights cleaning a local restaurant she is troubled by an unearthly spirit and as the mystery of this ghostly visitor unravels her curiosity leads her down a dangerous path.

Having been shot on a micro budget by a first time director there are several elements that can be forgiven under the circumstances. Some of the actors appear to have gone to the Midsummer Murders School of arched eyebrows and line delivery but Gillian Harker offers a measured performance as Lauren, she and Aaron Jeffcoate are extremely watchable in spite of the clunky script.

The story itself is intriguing and the sturdiness of the visuals, which are well framed and lit, draw you in and along with an unsettling score and rich sound design assist in ramping up the tension in the final third. For a first time writer/ director Iain Ross-McNamee does a great job of slowly ratcheting up the chill factor but perhaps shows a little too much at times, which exposes the production’s limitations.



A pretty decent low budget supernatural horror, The Singing Bird Will Come is released on 30th January.


A girl is forced to return to her hometown from London after her mother’s death and the break-up of her relationship. Taking a job as a night cleaner in a restaurant, she is troubled by the appearance of the ghost of a girl who disappeared years ago. A mystery unfolds around her, putting her in danger of meeting the same fate.


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