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‘Catherine Called Birdy’ Is The Best Movie To Watch This Weekend

Catherine Called Birdy is a great movie for any age group. It’s based on the novel by Karen Cushman and follows the adventures of Catherine, a 14-year-old girl in medieval England. It’s set during The Hundred Years’ War and Catherine is expected to marry one of her father’s noble suitors. Her father also encourages her to pursue her interest in falconry, but she finds this to be boring compared to exploring the world around her and getting into trouble at every turn with some new friends she meets along the way. 

Released Date: September 23, 2022

Country: United States

Language: English


Running Time: 108 minutes 

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Cast And Crew :

Directed by: Lena Dunham

Screenplay by: Lena Dunham

Based on: Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman


Produced by:

  • Eric Fellner
  • Tim Bevan
  • Lena Dunham
  • Jo Wallett


  • Bella Ramsey as Lady Catherine 
  • Billie Piper as Lady Aislinn
  • Andrew Scott as Lord Rollo
  • Lesley Sharp as Morwenna
  • Joe Alwyn as George
  • Sophie Okonedo as Ethelfritha Rose Splinter of Devon
  • Paul Kaye as Sir John Henry Murgaw VIII 
  • Dean-Charles Chapman as Robert
  • Isis Hainsworth as Aelis
  • Archie Renaux as Edward the Monk
  • Michael Woolfitt, as Perkin
  • David Bradley as Lord Gideon Sidebottom

What is the movie based upon?

It is based upon the novel by Karen Cushman, a medieval adventure tale of a fictional 14-year-old girl, Catherine (aka Birdy), in England during the Hundred Years’ War. It was written for teenagers but it has a great story for any age to enjoy. The movie is set in 14th-century England. Catherine, a 14-year-old girl, lives in a manor with her father and his men (who are off fighting the Hundred Years’ War). Catherine is excited to have her father home from fighting but upset when she realizes that he has arranged for her to marry a nobleman named Nicholas. 

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Why should you watch this movie?

I think this movie is great for all ages. It has a wonderful story that any child could relate to, although the comedy scenes can be fun for any age as well. The story is good for adults too, and the voice-over narration does a great job of explaining the current period without it being boring. Even if you’re not into medieval times or literature, you’ll find it interesting just by watching how they handled the characters in this movie and history through the lens of a kid’s eyes.

What makes this movie interesting?

I have to say that this film was the single best movie I have seen in a very long time. There are many things unique about it, but the best thing is that they use the voice-over narration as a sort of ‘guide’ to show you what life was like during medieval times. It’s interesting because it helps you visualize what life at that time would have been like if you were born then. 

What age is this movie good for?

I would say that this movie is appropriate for young adults and adults. It’s a great story for all ages to enjoy. It’s based on the medieval novel by Karen Cushman. It has a lot of adult themes but at times it does seem like it’s geared more toward younger teens and preteens. I don’t know why they wouldn’t make it an animated cartoon from what I read about the book but regardless of that this film is great.

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