The Bird Can't Fly

technical information

2007; Netherlands, South Africa, Ireland; Drama, Women; 89 minutes; 35mm, HDCAM-SR; 1.33:1 (4:3); Dolby SRD; Original Language: English; Subtitles: French, Spanish; Dubbed Versions: German


Threes Anna
Wouter Jansen
Paul Hepker, Mark Kilian
Production Company
24fps features
IMG Productions, Borderline Productions
Anton Scholten, Joel Phiri, Tom Maguire, Threes Anna
Line Producer:
Rachel Young
Guido van Gennep
Diana Cilliers


Barbara Hershey
Yusuf Davids
Tony Kgoroge
John Kani
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Threes Anna

Threes Anna is a writer and director from the Netherlands who works in three fields - literature, film and theatre.

From 1989 to 1999 Threes Anna operated as the Company Artistic Director of Dogtroep. In this capacity she wrote and directed over 50 site-specific theatrical spectacles all across the globe. Her fascination with extreme situations and locations was roused during this period. From one of her shows, Noordwesterwals, a spectacular performance in which 1.2 million litres of water formed the lead, she made a short film. During the 90's Threes Anna also made several documentaries on visual artists and their work.

In 1998 she began to develop her first film script 'The Bird Can't Fly'. In June 2003 her first novel, De kus van de weduwe (The Widow's Kiss), was published; in 2005 her novel Motormoeder (Motor Mother); both published by Vassallucci, Amsterdam. In August 2006 publishing house Querido published her novel De stille stad (The Silent City). In autumn 2007 the novel 'Vogel kan niet vliegen' (The Bird Can't Fly) will be published.

Beside her own work Threes Anna gives lectures and workshops all around the world about directing and site-specific theatre.

Threes Anna has been nominated in the Best First-time Director category at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht which begins on September 26th.

Selective Filmography

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