The Bird – short film starring Alistair Roberts and Julia Davis

Last year we produced our most ambitious short film project yet, with the help of crowd-funding, an amazing crew and the superbly talented Ben Target, Joe Parham, Alistair Roberts and Julia Davis. Today it’s finally released online.

THE BIRD – Turtle Canyon Films

THE BIRD, the second short film from acclaimed comedians Ben Target and Joe Parham, produced by the award-winning Turtle Canyon Films, is released online.


The short film “THE BIRD”, starring BAFTA-winning actor Julia Davis and Alastair Roberts from the lauded sketch group “Sheeps”, and directed by Ben Target & Joe Parham, has been released online by Turtle Canyon Films after having screened at festivals around the world. Ben Target is an Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominee and the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Joe Parham is a sitcom writer who has written BBC3, E4 and Cartoon Network shows.

THE BIRD is the story of a young man who spends his days desperate to garner the attention of his emotionally absent mother who is only interested in caring for a visiting starling. It was produced after a successful collaboration between the directors and Turtle Canyon Films on a previous short film, FRANK, and the team were eager to take a step forward and produce an even more ambitious film. Joe Parham, who also wrote the film, had a dream cast that he wanted for the film and confirmation that Julia Davis and Alastair Roberts were keen to appear in the short signalled the high potential of the project. The two day shoot was scheduled for April 2013 and the cast and crew were joined on one day by a talented acting duo: Ernie and Arnie, the starlings, professionally handled by Rose and Lloyd Buck. On completion The Bird has premiered in Shoreditch, London to cast, crew and crowdfunding contributors. It has also played to film festivals around the world, including the Richmond Film Festival and Seattle True Independent Film Festival, who have previously nominated Turtle Canyon Films for an award.

Ben and Joe met Stuart Laws and Alastair Clayton (of Turtle Canyon Films) on the comedy circuit, and quickly realised that Turtle Canyon Films was the ideal home for their first short film FRANK. Stu and Al shared their artistic vision, and brought the technical expertise to make it a reality. It was such a positive experience that they decided to all put themselves through it a second time with The Bird.

To read more and see a behind the scenes video please visit our site at

Production - Ben Target & Anton McCrae

Turtle Canyon Media is a full-service, award-winning production company made up of highly-motivated, enthusiastic people who have a real passion for film. The team has over 12 years of experience each and are based at Pinewood Studios and in Seattle, Washington. They have made ten short films in the last two years and are achieving acclaim and success online and at festivals worldwide. Their knack for identifying and collaborating with exciting talent is making Turtle Canyon Films one of the most compelling and inventive independent production companies working today.

The creative team behind The Bird are currently developing a feature film that exists in the same world as THE BIRD. Once again directed by Joe Parham & Ben Target. Separately Ben Target is developing a brand new stand-up comedy show for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Joe Parham is writing for Siblings, a BBC3 sitcom.

To watch our films or to find out more about Turtle Canyon Films

To bring a filmic edge to corporate productions, get in touch with Turtle Canyon Media


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