CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY
Review: A 14 year old girl in medieval England objects to her father’s financially-motivated choice of husband for her. Director: Lena Dunham
Actors: Bella Ramsey, Billie Piper, Andrew Scott, Lesley Sharp, Joe Alwyn, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Kaye, Dean-Charles Chapman, Isis Hainsworth, Archie Renaux, Michael Woolfitt, David Bradley, Mimi Ndiweni, Ralph Ineson, Rita Bernard-Shaw, Adam Aziz and Saskia Chana
Genre: Adventure and Comedy
This is an adaptation of a 1994 children’s historical novel by Karen Cushman. I thought this was a really funny and moving film. I thought Bella Ramsey acted really well considering this is her first lead role in a feature film. Lovely to see a young fresh face. Always a joy to see Andrew Scott who looked like he was enjoying himself in the role he was playing. I have to say that I thought Billie Piper was completely unrecognizable in this and didn’t realize that it was her until about 15 minutes into the film. I was really shocked and surprised and thought this is the best acting I have seen her do. The only scene I could have done without was Russell Brand’s little cameo role. Even though Joe Alwyn was only in it briefly I still enjoyed seeing him. The main theme in this is Birdy’s rejection of marriage.