Austen on Film
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the book is always better than the movie, but what fun we have watching those movies! Jane Austen’s novels have been adapted for television and film since 1938, confirming the fact that bringing Austen’s novels to the small or large screen is not a recent phenomenon. Whether they are faithful adaptations, homages, reinterpretations or modernizations, we love to watch them all – even if we are not always so fond of the finished product as we had wished to be. We are, however, grateful to the producers, writers, directors, actors, and crew who draw attention to the novels of Jane Austen. If you liked the movie, you’ll love the book!
Coming to a screen near you:
Austenland, starring Keri Russell and JJ Feild, will be released by Sony Pictures Classics in August 2013. Based on a novel by Shannon Hale, it is a romantic comedy about a young woman obsessed with all things Austen who spends her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to her special interest. The movie also stars Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Georgia King, and Jane Seymour and is directed by Jerusha Hess.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a popular online series, will be released on DVD this summer. It is a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice as a video blog (vlog) narrated by Lizzie Bennet (Ashley Clements) with the help of her best friend and aspiring filmmaker, Charlotte Lu (Julia Cho).