Watch: Bella Ramsey Shares Her Passions in “Catherine Called Birdy” Clip, Lena Dunham Directs

After 13 years in improvement, we lastly have a glimpse of Lena Dunham’s adaptation of Karen Cushman’s 1994 historic YA novel, “Catherine Called Birdy.” Teen Vogue premiered a first-look clip and spoke to writer-director Dunham and star Bella Ramsey (“Game of Thrones”) concerning the movie.

Set in thirteenth century England, the story sees Birdy (Ramsey) being married off at age 14 to unravel her father’s (Andrew Scott) cash issues. In the clip, earlier than that shoe drops, Birdy enthusiastically shares her “truest passions” with the viewers. She loves “critiquing [her] father’s horrible swordplay” — “Fight me harder,” he instructs his instructor. “Not too hard though!”; “causing mischief in the village”; and “listening through doors [she] should not listen through.”

She discovers her father’s in the monetary gap when doing the latter. Sir Rollo is speaking together with his advisor (Akemnji Ndifornyen), who reminds him of a tiger Rollo had introduced over from Siberia for example of his unchecked spending.

Ramsey sees Birdy as somebody who chafes towards societal norms. Her recklessness and pleasure and fervour doesnt match with the societal function shes been assigned, she defined to Teen Vogue. [The film] is about her preventing these customs with justified rage and humor and open-mindedness. Shes principally attempting to forge her personal path in a world stacked towards her in that regard.

Dunham, in the meantime, realized there are parallels between Birdy’s world and our personal. I needed to focus on this woman who was residing in the incorrect time. If she was residing in 2022, she can be a fairly basic tomboy or in a position to discover the gender binary, shed be capable of play all of the sports activities she needed,” she stated. But there are nonetheless as we all know, big challenges to being a girl in this point in time, and a teenage woman.

The multi-hyphenate continued, While it feels very distant {that a} 13-year-old is being requested to marry a 50-year-old, we nonetheless have loads of barbaric customs that management the best way peoples our bodies are handled…Theres so many points to fashionable life that also communicate to themes of the ebook. I actually love that we had been in a position to spotlight points of that, and the best way the world has modified but in addition the best way its stayed the identical. And do it with some humor.

Another Dunham characteristic, “Sharp Stick,” was acquired by Utopia following its Sundance premiere in January. She has additionally directed episodes of the present she created and toplined, “Girls,” an ep of “Industry,” and her breakout, the coming-of-age characteristic “Tiny Furniture.” Dunham exec produces the HBO Max collection “Generation.” Eight Emmy nominations, a BAFTA, an Independent Spirit Award, a WGA Award, and a Golden Globe are amongst her many accolades.

Best recognized for her scene-stealing flip as Lyanna Mormont in “Game of Thrones,” Ramsey’s credit additionally embody “His Dark Materials” and “Hilda.”

“Catherine Called Birdy” hits theaters September 23 and Prime Video October 7. Billie Piper additionally stars.


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