Catherine, Called Birdy, is a Prime Video original, written and directed by actress Lena Dunham. It is an adaptation of a Karen Cushman novel of the same title. During the 1290s, child marriage was common in medieval England. The moment a young girl has her first menstrual cycle, she is eligible for marriage. Child marriages were shockingly the norm back then because women have no say on how to live their lives. It is nagging skeleton in every person’s family history. Bella Ramsey who got a lead role in upcoming the live action adaptation of “The last of us” snatched the role of Birdy.
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Birdy (Bella Ramsey) is Lord Rollo ‘s youngest and only daughter, out of four offspring. She has three brothers who have experienced more privilege than her because they are men. Her father wanted to strengthen his kingdom through arranged marriages. Her mother, Lady Aislinn, wanted her to be an achiever and accomplish something in her life, but in the end, it was her father who decided.
Because of this, his older brother was set up to marry a 12-year-old girl. Because she was too young to be a mother and her body was not grown enough, that girl passed away after giving birth. There is no way in s older brother was set up to marry a 12-year-old girl. Because she was too young to be a mother and her body was not grown enough, that girl passed away after giving birth. There is no way in hell that Birdy wants to have the same fate.
Birdy is aware that, at the age of 14, she is not yet responsible enough to enter into a marriage. She wants both a happy childhood and the accomplishment of her aspirations.
So whenever her father gets a suitor to marry her , she finds ways to sabotage the arrangement. Her worst challenge finally came. There is a wealthy man referred to as “Shaggy Beard”(Paul Kaye) that wants to marry her. Her father wanted to accumulate the power and wealth he could get from the arrangement. Shaggy Beard is old, unattractive, and has an unlikable personality. None of her strategies to make him turn off worked.
Catherine, called Birdy, is the tale of a girl who wants agency in her own life during a time where women are seen as property. You can watch this movie on Amazon Prime Video starting September 23, 2022.