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Where the Crawdads Sing

Opening Date
22 Sep 2022
NC16 Sexual Scenes
125 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Mystery, Thriller
Olivia Newman
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer Jr., David Strathairn
From the best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

Where the Crawdads Sing stars Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People) as “Kya Clark,” Taylor John Smith (Sharp Objects) as “Tate Walker,” Harris Dickinson (The King’s Man) as “Chase Andrews,” Michael Hyatt (Snowfall) as “Mabel,” Sterling Macer, Jr. (Double Down) as “Jumpin’,” and David Strathairn (Nomadland) as “Tom Milton.” Olivia Newman (First Match) directs the screenplay by Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild) based upon the novel by Delia Owens. The 3000 Pictures film is being produced by Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter.
By InCinemas  21 Sep 2022
A faithful adaptation that's as captivating as its source material.
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Directed by Olivia Newman from a screenplay by Lucy Alibar, Where the Crawdads Sing is a faithful adaptation of the 2018 novel of the same name by Delia Owens. The story follows an abandoned yet defiant girl, Kya, who raises herself to adulthood in a North Carolina marshland, becoming a naturalist in the process. When the town's hotshot is found dead, she is the prime suspect and tried for murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones leads the cast featuring Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer, Jr., and David Strathairn. 

Touching on the film's mystery, you will find yourself engrossed with baited breath as the plot unfolds. Edgar-Jones navigates the role of Kya with such ease and grace, delivering a performance that will engage audiences throughout. Also worth noting is Strathairn’s endearing portrayal of Tom Milton, a character who has a meatier role in the film compared to the books–a welcomed change that is sparse in book-to-film adaptations.

If Edgar-Jones’ engaging performance isn’t enough to draw you in, the stunning visuals and melodic score definitely will. Mychael Danna’s music paired with Polly Morgan’s cinematography help bring the marsh to life and shape the distinct aesthetic of the film. The hauntingly beautiful Taylor Swift-penned “Carolina” also makes a perfect closer for the film, echoing its story of a girl and her secrets with the marsh.

Film adaptations have the tendency to fall short of their source materials but with Where the Crawdads Sing, Newman successfully breaks the stereotype and delivers a true feature that breathed visual life to Owen’s written words, it wouldn’t matter if you’ve read the book or not. Either way, the chilling twist at the end will sure get to you.
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