Lena Dunham on Cutting Her Own ‘Catherine Called Birdy’ Cameo and Celebrating Film at Amazon’s “Medieval Rave” Event

Lena Dunham on Cutting Her Own ‘Catherine Called Birdy’ Cameo and Celebrating Film at Amazon’s “Medieval Rave” Event

In celebration of its latest release Catherine Called Birdy Amazon Prime Video turned the top of The Grove parking lots in Los Angeles into a medieval themed festival on Friday night. Lena Dunham was also present to enjoy the sights.

“This is my dream — although I don’t go out often, I would love to go to a medieval rave.” Dunham explained about the experience, which was dubbed “Birdyfest”. The event featured staff dressed up as medieval townspeople, booths for psychics, tarot cards reading, candle rolling, and massages. There was also an apothecary, themed treats such as turkey legs and jousting potato. “There are two very attractive men dressed up as blacksmiths, with soot on the bodies. Let’s just say that I’m not mad about any of this, as the children say.

Dunham developed the film from the 1994 novel by Karen Cushman, and follows 14-year-old Lady Catherine (played by Bella Ramsey) in medieval England as she attempts to avoid the potential suitors her father has in mind. Dunham brings a modern style to the period era with the help of Joe Alwyn and Billie Piper.

Dunham stated that she was simply thinking about the fact that people have been the exact same for a long time. “So my goal was not to make history distant from us, but to make it feel like it was part of history and that we were there in it.”

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

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She praised her actors for their willingness to embrace that experience, especially Alwyn, who is Dunham’s partner and close friend Taylor Swift. The director said that she was a long-time fan of Dunham and Alwyn, and that he was the first actor to sign up for the role. “He’s incredible in the movie.”

Dunham, who is often an actor in the projects she creates with Dunham, almost appeared in this film. Dunham said that there was a scene where Dunham did a light cameo. She removed it quickly because it was distracting.

“That being said it was really, really enjoyable to get the costume on and I still have it at my office,” she added. She also noted that it was good she did it because it was difficult to wear period clothes for long hours on set.

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The candle rolling tent at Prime Video’s celebration of Catherine Called Birdy at The Grove on Oct. 7 in Los Angeles.

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After an international press tour and debut at TIFF last year, the film’s release marks the end for Dunham’s hectic few months. Her other project Sharp Stick was also published this summer.

“It’s funny because I’ve had these movies out in front of me for so many years, and now tomorrow they will both be out and it’ll be out and then I’ll have to get up and continue, decide what the next step is,” she said, teasing that she has a few projects in progress and would love to make another TV series. “I’m always at my best when I’m on-set so they won’t have to keep me away too long.”

Dunham joined Amazon’s head for movies Julie Rapaport to introduce the screening. She joked that she didn’t have any bat mitzvahs so this feels like it’s finally happening.”

Catherine Called Birdy is now streaming at Amazon Prime Video.

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