When Netflix unveiled its list of new content coming to the streaming service in November 2022, it didn’t include the 2022 feature film Where the crayfish sing, but the controversial film is now streaming on the platform anyway! The sudden arrival of the film, based on the bestseller by Delia Owens and starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, can be attributed to the deal that Netflix previously made with Sony Pictures. This agreement gives Netflix the first streaming rights to Sony Pictures films after their theatrical and home video releases, where films such as not mapped and morbius come to Netflix.
The sudden arrival of Where the crayfish sing on Netflix, the first thing we noticed when we logged into the streamer was a welcome new addition to their movie stable for many viewers. Subscribers were surprised that the film became available without any fanfare, many are already watching it for a good cry.”Where the crayfish sing is a beautiful film and I look forward to the day when I can watch it for two hours without crying”, a user wroteanother added: “Felt like a good cry movie. Where the crayfish filled the bill.”
Why is Where the crayfish sing controversial?
All the controversy surrounding Where the crayfish sing has more to do with the source material, Delia Owens’ novel, which has sold over 15 million copies, than the film; but of course, being an adaptation of that text, it has also provoked the ire of some for maintaining many of its issues. To a great extent, lobsters has been criticized by many for its stereotypical portrayal of its black characters, of which there are only two despite its Deep South setting. However, this has been overshadowed by the controversy within its plot.
In short, the story of lobsters is about a young girl living in North Carolina who is on trial for the murder of a star soccer player. The plot’s “did she or not” is a major focus, and for some it bears an uncanny resemblance to the author’s real life. According to reports, including an important article on the subject in The Atlantic Ocean, author Delia Owens is wanted for questioning in the murder of a man from her time in Zambia. Owens is not a suspect in the case, but the similarities still leave many people scratching their heads.
What’s Where the crayfish sing about?
Sony Pictures’ official synopsis of the film says it follows the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who grew herself into adulthood in the perilous swamps of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the ‘Marsh Girl’ haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Kya is attracted to two young men from the city and opens up to a new and surprising world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately identified by the community as the prime suspect. As the case progresses, the verdict of what really happened becomes increasingly obscure, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lie in the swamp.
Daisy Edgar-Jones (Fresh, Under the Banner of Heaven) stars as Kya in the film, along with 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 directed the project from a script by Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild). The 3000 Pictures film was produced by Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter. Notably, the film also featured an original song, “Carolina,” written and performed by Taylor Swift.