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

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

    Set in thirteenth century England, the story sees Birdy (Ramsey) being married off at age 14 to resolve her father’s (Andrew Scott) cash issues. Within the clip, earlier than that shoe drops, Birdy enthusiastically shares her “truest passions” with the viewers. She loves “critiquing [her] father’s horrible swordplay” — “Combat me tougher,” he instructs his trainer. “Not too exhausting although!”; “inflicting mischief within the village”; and “listening by means of doorways [she] mustn’t pay attention by means of.”

    She discovers her father’s within 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 in opposition to societal norms. “Her recklessness and pleasure and keenness doesn’t match with the societal function she’s been assigned,” she defined to Teen Vogue. “[The film] is about her combating these customs with justified rage and humor and open-mindedness. She’s principally making an attempt to forge her personal path in a world stacked in opposition to her in that regard.”

    Dunham, in the meantime, realized there are parallels between Birdy’s world and our personal. “I wished to focus on this lady who was dwelling within the mistaken time. If she was dwelling in 2022, she could be a fairly basic tomboy or capable of discover the gender binary, she’d have the ability to play all of the sports activities she wished,” she mentioned. “However there are nonetheless as we all know, big challenges to being a girl at the moment, and a teenage lady.”

    The multi-hyphenate continued, “Whereas it feels very far-off {that a} 13-year-old is being requested to marry a 50-year-old, we nonetheless have loads of barbaric customs that management the way in which individuals’s our bodies are handled…There’s so many facets to fashionable life that also communicate to themes of the e-book. I actually love that we have been capable of spotlight facets of that, and the way in which the world has modified but additionally the way in which it’s stayed the identical. And do it with some humor.”

    One other 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, “Women,” an ep of “Business,” and her breakout, the coming-of-age characteristic “Tiny Furnishings.” Dunham exec produces the HBO Max sequence “Technology.” Eight Emmy nominations, a BAFTA, an Unbiased Spirit Award, a WGA Award, and a Golden Globe are amongst her many accolades.

    Greatest recognized for her scene-stealing flip as Lyanna Mormont in “Sport of Thrones,” Ramsey’s credit additionally embody “His Darkish Supplies” and “Hilda.”

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

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