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!
A film based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon will begin production this summer. Charlotte Rampling stars as Lady Denham in a screenplay by British playwright Simon Reade. Jim O’Hanlon, who directed the 2009 BBC production of Emma, will direct the movie.
Whit Stillman (who directed “Metropolitan”) has completed filming of “Love and Friendship,” a feature film based on Jane Austen’s early novel Lady Susan. Kate Beckinsale stars as Austen’s bad-girl heroine, Lady Susan Vernon, with Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Fry in supporting roles. It will be released in theaters on May 13.