And More Jane Austen-Related Films

Welcome to Sanditon (2013)

Welcome to Sanditon Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner: Margaret Dunlap
Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner: Jay Bushman
Executive Producer and Director: Bernie Su
Executive Producer: Hank Green
Co-Executive Producer: Kate Rorick
Producer: Jenni Powell
Director: Joshua Caldwell
27 Episodes, May 13, 2013 to August 12, 2013
DVD: Not Available
Other Formats: Available on the Welcome to Sanditon YouTube Channel
Official Site

Austenland (2013)

Austenland Studio/Network: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Jerusha Hess
Screenplay by: Shannon Hale, Jerusha Hess
Soundtrack: Available
DVD: Not available
Run Time: 1 hr. 37 mins.
Official Site (Sony Pictures)

Lost in Austen (2008)

Lost in Austen Studio/Network: ITV/Grenada Television Ltd.
Producer: Kate McKerrell
Director: Dan Zeff
Screenplay by: Guy Andrews
Soundtrack: Not available
DVD: Available
Run Time: 1 hr. 30 mins.

Miss Austen Regrets (2008)

Miss Austen RegretsStudio/Network: BBC Drama co-production with WGBH Boston
Producer: Anne Pivcevic
Director: Jeremy Lovering
Screenplay by: Gwyneth Hughes
Soundtrack: Not available
DVD: Available
Run Time: 1 hr. 25 mins.
PBS Masterpiece Theatre “The Complete Jane Austen” site

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

The Jane Austen Book ClubStudio/Network: Mockingbird Pictures in association with John Calley Productions; Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Robin Swicord
Screenplay by: Robin Swicord
Soundtrack: Available
DVD: Available
Blu-ray(™): Available
Run Time: 1 hr. 46 mins.
Official Site (Sony Pictures) - MySpace Page

Becoming Jane (2007)

Becoming Jane Studio/Network: Blueprint Pictures, Ecosse Films, Octagon Films, Scion Films Limited; Distributed by Miramax Films
Director: Julian Jarrold
Screenplay by: Kevin Hood, Sarah Williams
Soundtrack: Available
DVD: Available
Blu-ray(™): Available
Run Time: 2 hrs.

Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)

Jane Austen in Manhattan Studio/Network: Merchant Ivory Productions
Producer: Ismail Merchant
Director: James Ivory
Screenplay by: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; Libretto of Sir Charles Grandison by Jane Austen, Samuel Richardson
Soundtrack: Not available
DVD: Available
Official Site (Merchant Ivory Productions)

Documentaries

A&E Biography: Jane Austen (2004)

Biography: Jane Austen Studio/Network: Working Dog Productions
Producer: Jennifer Stromberg
Director: Jennifer Stromberg
Narrated by: Ric Spiegel
Soundtrack: Not Available
DVD: Available
Run Time: 50 mins.

Authors and scholars, some of whom are JASNA members, explain Jane Austen’s genius and significance in this documentary. Unlike other films about the author’s life, this one attempts to explain and interpret the significance of her work and the reasons for her continued popularity.

Austen Country (2001)

Austen Country Studio/Network: Delta Entertainment Corporation
Producer: Liam Dale
Director: Liam Dale
Narrated by: Liam Dale
Soundtrack: Not Available
DVD: Available
Run Time: 55 mins.

Austen Country uses some of Jane Austen’s favorite songs as background music. Scenic panoramas, historic still shots, sketches—some drawn by Austen family members—introduce Jane Austen, her family, and her novels to those unfamiliar with her.

Jane Austen: Life, Society & Works (1997)

Jane Austen: Life, Society, Works Studio/Network: BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Ltd.
Producer: Artsmagic Ltd.
Director: Liam Dale
Narrated by: Liam Dale
Soundtrack: Not Available
DVD: Available
VHS: Available
Run Time: 2 hrs. 36 mins.

Gillray’s political cartoons, excerpts from Austen’s own letters, and family anecdotes help to paint a more detailed picture of the author, her world, and her work than other documentaries have been able to accomplish. Like several of Jane Austen’s novels, this film is a three volume set.

The Famous Authors Series: Jane Austen (1995)

Famous Authors Series Studio/Network: KULTUR
Producer: Malcolm Hossick
Director: Malcolm Hossick
Narrated by: Malcolm Hossick
Soundtrack: Not available
DVD: Available
VHS: Available
Run Time: 30 mins.

Using period prints, family portraits, and still shots of the towns and cities where the Austens lived and visited, this film paints a picture of the family and its influence on Jane Austen. The film concentrates on how and where the author lived.

Jane on YouTube

The creativity of Janeites has extended to YouTube, where some exceedingly clever takes on Jane Austen’s novels can be found.

Thug Notes Analysis of Pride and Prejudice*

Jane Austen Drinking Game

Pride and Prejudice meets Harry Potter

A different kind of “Pride”

Jane Austen Old Spice Parody

*Language included in this video may be considered offensive by some viewers.

Further Reading

Lost in Austen

Lost in Austen and Generation-Y Janeites, by Laurie Kaplan

“Completely without Sense”: Lost in Austen, by Laurie Kaplan

Miss Austen Regrets

Miss Austen Regrets: Charles Thomas Haden, by Elizabeth Philosophos Cooper

Miss Austen Regrets: Brook Edward Bridges, by Elizabeth Philosophos Cooper

The Jane Austen Book Club

What Would Jane Cut?, by Karen Joy Fowler

“Little Women?” Karen Joy Fowler’s Adventure in Austenland, by Edward Neill

JASNA Members discuss Austen on The Jane Austen Book Club DVD

Becoming Jane

The Closeness of Sisters: Imagining Cassandra and Jane, by Juliette Wells

Becoming Shakespeare and Jane Austen in Love: An Intertextual Dialogue between Two Biopics, by Marina Cano López and Rosa María García-Periago

Becoming Jane: Sorting Fact from Fiction, by Marsha Huff

The One-Sided Romance of Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy, by Joan Klingel Ray

Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy: Stories, by Linda Robinson Walker

General

(De)Constructing Jane: Converting “Austen” in Film Responses, by Karen B. Gevirtz

From Page to Screen: Dancing to the Altar in Recent Film Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Novels, by Nora Foster Stovel

Incarnating Jane Austen: The Role of Sound in the Recent Film Adaptations, by Ariane Hudelet

Recreating Jane Austen’s World on Film, by Elsa Solender

“—a very elegant looking instrument—” Musical Symbols and Substance in Films of Jane Austen’s Novels, by Kathryn L. Shanks Libin

Music and Dancing in Jane Austen’s Novels and Film Adaptations, Student Essay Contest Winners

A la Señorita Austen: An Overview of Spanish Adaptations, by Mari Carmen Romero Sánchez