A beautiful, moving feature film about the ‘divine Jane’ revealing the secrets of her heart & her courage in sharing her novels with the world and what it cost her to achieve
Jane Austen – Overcoming Pride & Prejudice is an inspiring full length feature film about Jane Austen, her life and legacy as a novelist. It will embrace quality drama, a high profile cast and stunning locations loved by Jane. It will reveal fascinating new insights into her life and the extraordinary Regency world that she lived in overshadowed by the Napoleonic Wars. Against this background her family, friends and Jane herself come alive.
The controversial rewriting of her six finished novels in a modern idiom – the auction of her ring … could it be saved for the nation? – new medical details of her final illness – her portrait on the new £10 note – much drama and a firestorm of interest but what of Jane herself? Let’s not overlook her journey or what she achieved in her short life at the expense of fortune and the chance to be happily married, to find the freedom to write six novels. Jane Austen – Overcoming Pride and Prejudice is a film that has to be made to get to the heart of Jane by really getting to know her and her world.
Jane Austen – Overcoming Pride & Prejudice takes advantage of Sue Pomeroy’s specialist expertise and in-depth research to create a fabulous film for which there is already a receptive, worldwide market. Sue Pomeroy, will direct the Jane Austen Productions film, in association with Fuschia Films. This will be the first of a series of films about women novelists, with the aim of creating a definitive collection of stories and memories for audiences to enjoy for many years to come.
At the heart of the film is the golden treasury of Jane’s inner life, her hopes, her dreams, her intimate feelings, her devastating wit which, though ironically so entertaining to modern audiences, may have been one of the reasons for her unhappiness in love. The film explores the places she loved – Steventon where she grew up, the Dorset coast that inspired her, Regency London, Bath and Brighton, the countryside of Kent and Hampshire. All set against a background fear of Revolutionary France followed by military mobilisation against the threat of Napoleon.
It was an act of great courage at a time when women had limited expectations and no right to vote to put her novels, her ‘beloved children’, before the public. Now generations later the world shares a passion for Jane Austen. The dramatist and novelist, Samuel Beckett, wrote about the “divine Jane” (I am reading the divine Jane, I think she has much to teach me). Jane and her achievements have much to teach us now, her love of life and brilliant observations enrich our life experience and understanding, and that is why we are passionate about making this film.
“It’s perennially among the top favourites in any poll of books the British reading public can’t do without.” (The Guardian Jan 2013)
Jane Austen’s impact is stronger than ever fuelled by a succession of films, plays and documentaries. Jane’s novels (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey) have captured the imaginations of millions of people all over the world and there is every sign that this fascination is set to run and run. Jane Austen is not a remote historical figure – her enduring popularity with young people demonstrates that. Lives were shorter then and had to be lived to the full for who knows what tomorrow might bring. Personal relationships mattered intensely and simple joys like the reading of a letter were better shared. This film will help to share Jane’s pure joy.
Jane Austen had expectations of a good marriage and financial stability that never materialised. In her own time a woman writing six novels of high quality and establishing a new literary social realism was a radical act. Hers was not an easy path. It took twenty years before she was published. This film explores how she overcame the pride and prejudice of an overwhelmingly male, class dominated society and what it cost her to find her own voice, opening the door to so many other women over the next two centuries.