Amazon Festival Host for ‘Catherine Called Birdy’ with Lena Dunham – The Hollywood Reporter

In honor of its latest release Catherine called BirdyAmazon Prime Video turned the top of The Grove parking lot in Los Angeles into a medieval-themed festival on Friday night, where writer-director Lena Dunham also appeared to be in the spotlight.

“This is my dream – I don’t go out very much but if I did, it would be a medieval rage, and now it’s happening,” Dunham said. The Hollywood Reporter of the experience – dubbed “Birdyfest” – which is staffed by medieval townsfolk and pavilions for psychics, tarot readings, braids, candle rolls and massages, along with apothecaries and themed treats like turkey legs and french fries. “There were two very attractive men dressed as blacksmiths with soot on them. Let’s just say I’m not angry with any of that, as the kids say. ”

Dunham developed the film from Karen Cushman’s 1994 novel, and follows 14-year-old Lady Catherine (played by Bella Ramsey) in Medieval England as she tries to avoid the potential suitors her father have in the head. Andrew Scott, Joe Alwyn and Billie Piper co-stars as Dunham giving her a modern take on the era.

“I just think about the fact that people have been the same forever; it’s part of the great thing of life and part of the problem,” Dunham said of his approach. “So my goal is just not to make it feel like history is so far away from us, to make us feel like we’re part of history and we’re experiencing.”

Guests attending the 'Catherine Called Birdy' event

Guests attend Prime Video’s celebration of Catherine called Birdy at The Grove on October 7 in Los Angeles.

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She commended her actors for capturing that experience, including Alwyn, co-star of Taylor Swift, Dunham’s best friend. As a longtime fan beyond their personal relationship, “I wrote the role with him in mind and he was actually the first actor to sign on, so I feel really lucky. lucky to have him in the cast,” said the director. “He’s amazing in the movie.”

It turns out that Dunham, who also often stars in projects she creates, is also close to appearing on screen in this film: “There was a scene that was cut when I did a little guest lighting. , I got rid of it pretty quickly because I felt like it Dunham revealed.

“That said, it was really, really fun to wear the costume and I still keep it in my office,” she continued, noting that “I did it very well because I really felt for his actors” in difficult period dressing for many hours on set.

Event tent 'Catherine Called Birdy'

Candle roller tent at Prime Video’s celebration Catherine called Birdy at The Grove on October 7 in Los Angeles.

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The release of the film, following an international press tour and debut at TIFF last month, marks the end of a few months for Dunham, following her other project. Timbre was also released this summer.

“It’s a funny feeling because I’ve been watching these two movies in front of my eyes for so long, and now they’re both in theaters tomorrow and I’m going to have to wake up and move on, deciding what to watch next.” she said, teasing that she has a few projects in the works and really wants to do another TV show. “I’m always happiest when I’m on set so they won’t be able to keep me away for too long.”

Before the screening, Dunham joined Amazon’s head of film Julie Rapaport for the introduction, where she joked, “I don’t have a bat mitzvah so this looks like it’s finally happened.” Birdyfest will remain at The Grove on Saturday, and open to the public from 2pm to 6pm

Catherine called Birdy currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.


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