Lena Dunham’s medieval children’s comedy “Katherine Cold Birdie” is set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Based on the 1994 children’s novel by Karen Cushman, “Catherine Cold Birdie” is set in England during the year 1290, and centers on Lady Catherine (Bella Ramsay), the youngest of Lord Rollo (Andrew Scott) and Lady Aisleen (Billy Piper). When Catherine’s parents try to fix their financial problems by marrying her off to a wealthy man, she confronts her by scaring would-be suitors, leading to tension between the lively and independent young woman and her traditional parents.
The cast also includes Leslie Sharp, Sophie Okonedo, Joe Alwyn, Isis Hensworth, Dean Charles Chapman, and Paul Kay, with Dunham appearing in a supporting role. Dunham directed, wrote the screenplay and produced via the Good Thing Going banner. The project is also supported by Working Title Films, and Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Joe Wallet are producing alongside Dunham. The film has been described as a “passionate project” for Dunham, who first announced her plans to adapt Cushman’s novel in 2014.
“Katherine Cold Birdie” is Lena Dunham’s second film to debut this year, after her third feature film “Sharp Stick” premiered at Sundance in January this year, with a theatrical release via Utopia on July 29. The two films mark a major film comeback from Dunham, 12 years after her hit movie “Tiny Furniture” came out before her comedy “Girls” premiered on HBO and her other TV projects. “Sharp Stick” starring Kristine Froseth and Jon Bernthal received mixed reviews from Sundance with diverse Chief film critic Owen Gilberman called Dunham’s film “the first disappointment”.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8-18. Shortly after the festival ended, “Catherine Called Birdy” will have a limited theatrical release beginning September 23 via Amazon Studios, before broadcasting on Prime Video on October 7.