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Senior Citizen Kane: Where the Crawdads Sing

Olivia Newman

Based on Delia Owens’ critically-lauded page-turner, Where the Crawdads Sing centres on Kya, the endlessly resourceful resident of a North Carolina marsh.

We meet her as a child in the early ’50s, as she is abandoned by her parents and older siblings, and learns to survive on her own. She is taught to read and write by her friend Tate Walker and eventually falls for him, but is left behind once again when he goes to college. Enter Chase Andrews, a quarterback who draws Kya into a tryst with promises of marriage that never materialise. After she ends their relationship, he attacks her and she narrowly escapes. While she’s away, Chase is found dead and Kya is engulfed in a murder trial – and the evidence against her seems insurmountable.

"...the evidence against her seems insurmountable."

Daisy Edgar-Jones, who dazzled audiences as the sensitive Marianne in Normal People and earned rave reviews at this year’s Sundance with her delicious revenge thriller Fresh, takes centre stage as the resilient Kya. Indie darling Harris Dickinson, who won hearts in Beach Rats and was recently seen in The Souvenir: Part II is Chase, while Taylor John Smith, best known for his role as a distressed murder suspect in HBO’s Sharp Objects, is Tate. 

Reese Witherspoon, who selected Owens’ novel for her book club back in September 2018, is among the film’s producers. Olivia Newman (First Match) is in the director’s chair, and Lucy Alibar, who was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing Beasts of the Southern Wild – another story of a child raised in an isolated, otherworldly landscape – adapted the novel for the big screen.  

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