fat salmon cinema in association with nextPix presents

a new feature film by halloran and hicks



Singing the Bones
Drama, 88 minutes, Colour, Canada, 2001

Here are the stories of three generations of women, brought together by a single birth.. Meg, the midwife, is visited by haunting dreams just as she takes on a new client. The mother, pregnant with twins and scarred by past traumas at the hands of modern medicine, "absolutely wants a home birth". Dr. Sara Bienemann, the compassionate obstetrician from Europe whose "secrets are leaking from every pocket", warns of dangerous complications.

When the mother's vulnerability in hospital becomes apparent, all three women must discover: Is one woman's choice worth the chance that her babies may die?

As tension escalates over the mother's choice to birth at home, Meg's dreams are haunted by images of another life. Dr. Sara, whose experience as a child survivor of The Holocaust is buried with the family she lost, sees her own mother in the face of the passionate midwife. On the night of the birth, the mother's choice, Dr. Sara's secret and Meg's dreams collide. In this window between the worlds of life and death, Dr. Sara's confrontation with the painful memories of her past opens her heart, and she creates the possibility of a miracle, of "something small" beginning to change in the world.

  Director's Notes  


Singing The Bones breaks new ground in filmmaking. Visual artist/Director Gordon Halloran experiments with the tradition of storytelling through the use of one actor in the principal roles, and the relationship between the camera and the storyteller. Halloran's filmic pallette is the lush visuals of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, a haunting soundscape, a stunning score -- combined with gutsy performances by the actress who brought audiences to their feet on two continents. Using all this, with voice over and direct address to the camera, Halloran creates a completely different filmic experience: emotional, edgy, captivating and surreal.


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