Amazon’s adaptation of Catherine Called Birdy arrives in cinemas this week!
Brought to the screen by Girls creator Lena Dunham, the new coming-of-age comedy movie is based on Karen Cushman’s 1994 novel for children.
English actress Bella Ramsey, who played Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones, leads the movie’s cast as Catherine.
She’s joined by Irish actor Andrew Scott, best known for his role as Moriarty in the BBC’s Sherlock, here playing her father.
Watch the trailer here:
The cast also includes Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey), Sophie Okonedo (Death on the Nile), Joe Alwyn (Conversations with Friends), Dean-Charlies Chapman (1917), Paul Kaye (After Life), and Billie Piper (Doctor Who).
This movie looks like a lot of fun and the book is great!
Watch a clip here:
The official synopsis reads: “The year? 1290. In the Medieval English village of Stonebridge, Lady Catherine (known as Birdy) is the youngest child of Lord Rollo and the Lady Aislinn. Her playground is Stonebridge Manor, a house that, like the family, has seen better days.
“Financially destitute and utterly greedy, Rollo sees his daughter as his path out of financial ruin by marrying her off to a wealthy man for money and land. But Birdy, like all the great teen heroines, is spirited, clever, and adventurous and ready to put off any suitor that comes calling in increasingly ingenious ways.
“Her imagination, defiance, and deep belief in her own right to independence put her on a collision course with her parents. When the vilest suitor of all arrives, they are presented with the ultimate test of love for their daughter.”
Watch another clip from the movie here:
Catherine Called Birdy is getting a limited release in select US cinemas on Friday 23rd September.
The movie will then be streaming on Amazon Prime Video from Friday 7th October.
In the meantime, check out our list of the best medieval period dramas!
Karen Cushman’s book Catherine, Called Birdy is available on Amazon.