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Catherine Called Birdy is a 2022 medieval comedy film written and directed by Lena Dunham, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Karen Cushman. It stars Bella Ramsey as the title character, alongside Billie Piper, Andrew Scott, Lesley Sharp, Joe Alwyn, and Sophie Okonedo. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2022. It received a limited release on September 23, 2022 by Amazon Studios, prior to streaming on Prime Video on October 7, 2022. Plot Catherine, known as Birdy, is a 14-year-old Englishwoman living in 13th-century Lincolnshire with her father Rollo, her mother Aislinn, and 17-year-old brother Robert. Her other brother Edward is a monk at a nearby monastery. The headstrong and rambunctious Birdy is attended by her loyal servant Morwenna, and is friends with a peasant boy named Perkin who often joins in her antics. The indulgent Rollo is informed that the family finances are in terrible shape and that he can solve them by wedding Birdy to a wealthy suitor. When Birdy starts her first period, Morwenna shows her how to deal with it and Rollo begins seriously looking for suitors. Aislinn gives birth to a stillborn child, the latest of several such tragedies. Unwilling to grow up and lose her freedom, Birdy begins chasing off potential suitors through strange and off-putting antics. Birdy's friend Aelis comes to stay with them. Handsome Uncle George, with whom Birdy is smitten, soon returns from the crusades. Birdy discovers Aelis and George kissing, and breaks off her friendship with Aelis. George breaks Aelis' and Birdy's hearts by marrying Ethelfritha, a wealthy widow. Rollo announces that Aislinn is pregnant again, much to the anger of Birdy, who fears that her mother will die in childbirth. A new suitor, Sir Henry Murgaw, arrives, and Birdy dubs him Shaggy Beard for his unkempt appearance. Birdy attempts to scare away the much older man, but Shaggy Beard finds her antics alluring. Saying that he "enjoys the chase," he gives Birdy a purse full of money, saying that she should spend it when she agrees to marry him. Aelis' father marries her off to a 9 year old boy, but her new husband soon dies. This pleases Robert, who is secretly in love with Aelis and plans to ask her to marry him. Aelis' father demands a higher bride price than Robert can afford. Birdy decides to give Shaggy Beard's money to Robert so he can marry Aelis. Birdy runs off to Uncle George's. There she learns that her romantic notions of George's adventures are false. Ethelfritha suggests that the two of them run off and have adventures, but Birdy realizes that if she does so she will miss her family and friends. Resolved to marry for the sake of the family, Birdy returns home to find her mother in labor. When complications arise, Rollo helps talk Aislinn through the labor and she gives birth to twin daughters. The day has finally arrived and Birdy says tearful goodbyes as she prepares to leave with Shaggy Beard. As the carriage trundles away, Rollo intervenes, and says that Birdy will remain with them. Shaggy Beard insists that she marry him and the two men agree to a duel. Despite his poor swordsmanship, Rollo disarms Shaggy Beard, who fakes a back injury in order to remove himself from the duel. The assembled people take Birdy out of the carriage, ending the marriage agreement. Birdy, who has been keeping a diary of these events, summarizes what she has learned and vows to preserve what freedom she can in her world. As she roughhouses with Perkin, a suitor approaches. Cast Bella Ramsey as Lady Catherine / "Birdy" Billie Piper as Lady Aislinn, Catherine's mother Andrew Scott as Lord Rollo, Catherine's father Lesley Sharp as Morwenna, Catherine's nursemaid Joe Alwyn as George, Catherine's uncle and Lady Aislinn’s younger brother Sophie Okonedo as Ethelfritha Rose Splinter of Devon, a wealthy widow who marries George Paul Kaye as Sir John Henry Murgaw VIII / "Shaggy Beard" Dean-Charles Chapman as Robert, Catherine's 17-year-old older brother Isis Hainsworth as Aelis, Catherine's best friend Archie Renaux as Edward the Monk, Catherine's 21-year-old older brother Michael Woolfitt, as Perkin, Catherine's goatherd friend David Bradley as Lord Gideon Sidebottom, Aelis' father Mimi M. Khayisa as Lady Berenice Sidebottom, Aelis' stepmother Rita Bernard-Shaw as Meg, Catherine's milkmaid friend Ralph Ineson as Golden Tiger, a peasant and driver Jamie Demetriou as Etienne, the manservant to Shaggy Beard Russell Brand as Suitor from Kent Jacob Avery as Fulk the Younger Angus Wright as Fulk the ElderProduction In February 2021, it was announced that Dunham had scripted and would direct a film based on the children's novel Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman that was "her longtime passion project". At the end of March 2021, it was announced that Billie Piper, Andrew Scott and Bella Ramsey were included in the main cast. On 1 April 2021, it was reported that Joe Alwyn and Dean-Charles Chapman had joined the cast.Principal photography began on 30 March 2021 in close proximity to Stokesay Castle in Shropshire, England. Release The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2022. It was released in a limited release on September 23, 2022, by Amazon Studios, prior to streaming on Prime Video on October 7, 2022. Reception On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 88% of 127 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The website's consensus reads, "Bringing a beloved book brilliantly to life, Catherine Called Birdy proves a well-told coming-of-age story can feel fresh regardless of the period setting." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". David Fear with Rolling Stone said the film was "the perfect mix of funny, irreverent and outraged," calling Dunham's adaptation "deliriously fun yet pointed," and lead actor Ramsey "a gift from the casting gods." Giving the film four out of five stars, Adrian Horton with The Guardian acknowledged that "the midsection drags a bit," but concluded that "in Dunham’s hands, the throughline of enduring and discovering one’s worth, however historically imagined, is at once a comfort and a lark." References External links Catherine Called Birdy at IMDb. Discover the Catherine Chapman popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Catherine Chapman books.

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    Kids Love Ice Cream

    Catherine Chapman

    At Best Food Friends, we know how hard it is to find real, healthy recipes that are nutritious and delicious. We teamed up with a chef and a nutritionist to bring you these great r...

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    The Ramblers

    Catherine E. Chapman

    Two friends, Sandy and Angela, join a rambling group in the hope of meeting boyfriends. The girls are unused to walking and illequipped for the expedition they set out upon.Early i...

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    Busy Broccoli

    Catherine Chapman

    Busy Broccoli loves to dance. He raps, taps, turns and claps. Then one day in the restaurant where he lives the music stops and Busy can't dance anymore. Poor Busy, will he ever da...

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    Silly Sweet Potato

    Catherine Chapman

    Silly Sweet Potato was silly as can be. He loved to flip, slip, skip and trip. Suddenly, he found himself in danger. Will he be brave enough to save the day? About our books ...

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    Catherine E. Chapman

    Kitty Lewis travels with her younger sister, Clara, to join their family for the season in Bath. Her mother is intent upon finding a husband for their elder sister, Lucinda, and be...

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    Danburgh Castle

    Catherine E. Chapman

    Lord Robert, Norman ruler of the most northeasterly region of England, spares the life of Emma, the pregnant widow of an AngloSaxon rebel. When his wife dies in childbirth, he asks...

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    Collected Romances

    Catherine E. Chapman

    Seven of Catherine E. Chapman's short historical romances collected in one volume, to give you a novellength read.BRIZECOMBE HALLAnn Rhys, daughter of a minister, is employed by Mr...

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    Braggot Park

    Catherine E. Chapman

    Eliza, ladyinwaiting to Lady Jane Braggot, is sent to work in the household of the noblewoman's brotherinlaw, Sir Richard. Lady Jane suspects Sir Richard of being involved in a tre...

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    Kids Love Pasta

    Catherine Chapman

    At Best Food Friends, we know how hard it is to find real, healthy recipes that are nutritious and delicious. We teamed up with a chef and a nutritionist to bring you these great r...

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    Opening Night

    Catherine E. Chapman

    Lisa is invited to the opening night of the local amdram production by her friend, Maddie. There she encounters Jason, an old flame, but she's daunted by the glamorous young woman ...

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    Catherine E. Chapman

    The story of two love affairs played out against a backdrop of aspiration and ambition in a salubrious suburb.This isn’t my life… Michelle, involuntarily single thirtysomething, is...

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    Clever Carrot

    Catherine Chapman

    Clever Carrot thought she was very clever. Until one day, after going on an adventure to school, she found herself in a scary situation. Will she be clever enough to get out of tro...

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    The Fight for Dolores

    Catherine E. Chapman

    When Cal McCoy, American heir to a business empire, shows an interest in buying West Lough Lodge in rural Ireland, his real estate agent, Maggie O’Reilly, does her best to put him ...

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    The Hangar Dance

    Catherine E. Chapman

    Sylvie is a girl who longs to be a woman. When her friend Betty invites her to a dance at the local airfield, where a US squadron is based, she knows she has to go, even if it mean...

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    The Office Party

    Catherine E. Chapman

    In the run up to their Christmas works' party, Maria's colleague, Clair, has her eye on the new guy, Alex. But it's Maria herself who finds she's the object of unexpected attention...

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    The Family Tree

    Catherine E. Chapman

    When Jack finds a wooden box in his grandma's attic, a family secret is unearthed and his grandma faces a dilemma: should she keep it in the family or keep it to herself? A short s...

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    Elizabeth Clansham

    Catherine E. Chapman

    Elizabeth Clansham retreats to a croft house in the Scottish Highlands to write a novel and avoid real life. Reluctant teacher and aspiring author, she finds that the job she has t...

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    Kids Love Pizza

    Catherine Chapman

    At Best Food Friends, we know how hard it is to find real, healthy recipes that are nutritious and delicious. We teamed up with a chef and a nutritionist to bring you these great r...

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    All The Trimmings

    Catherine E. Chapman

    A short story for Christmas. Issy is nervous about introducing her new boyfriend to her family on Christmas Day. "A wellwritten, cute, short read," (Goodreads).

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    Curly Celery

    Catherine Chapman

    Curly Celery goes into town. She sees her reflection in a glass window. She is unhappy that she looks so plain. She wants to look curly. In her quest to look curly, she gets into a...

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    The Beacon Singer

    Catherine E. Chapman

    Jane Lake, disillusioned with her career as a jazz singer and frustrated in love, returns home from London to a small town in the English Lake District. Reacquainting herself with ...

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    High Sea

    Catherine E. Chapman

    Samantha, a seamstress, stows away on a ship bound for Australia, disguised as a boy. Discovered by the ship's doctor, John Seacombe, she becomes his assistant. However, she rapidl...

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    Posh Pear

    Catherine Chapman

    Posh Pear has a goal to live well. She leaves her home in search of a better place to live. On her travels she learns about the different aspects of life. About our books  Be...

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    Kids Love Snacks

    Catherine Chapman

    At Best Food Friends, we know how hard it is to find real, healthy recipes that are nutritious and delicious. We teamed up with a chef and a nutritionist to bring you these great r...

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    Kids Love Dips

    Catherine Chapman

    At Best Food Friends, we know how hard it is to find real, healthy recipes that are nutritious and delicious. We teamed up with a chef and a nutritionist to bring you these great r...

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    Catherine E. Chapman

    Rhiannon, a Welsh farmer’s daughter, is smuggled into a walled English garrison town. Despite her mother’s awareness that Rhiannon is at risk of being discovered and accused of tre...

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    Brizecombe Hall

    Catherine E. Chapman

    ‘A young woman must value, above all else, her virtue.’Ann Rhys, daughter of a minister, is employed by Charles Brindley, the widowed Master of Brizecombe Hall, to be governess to ...

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    Cheerful Cauliflower

    Catherine Chapman

    Cheerful Cauliflower lives in a grocery store near the window. She really wishes she could live outside. One day cheerful has a terrible fall and finds herself locked in a dark roo...