During the bi-centenary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 2013 our film team travelled across the UK, filming many fascinating events and meeting people from all walks of life and from all over the world. It was clear to see that Jane Austen is loved and celebrated worldwide. Her appeal is international, crossing boundaries of language and culture.
The filming continued into the New Year with January 2014 taking the film team to Kings College, Cambridge. In May, 2014 our short film In Love with Jane Austen was screened at Cannes Film Festival as part of Cannes Court Métrage, at Palais du Festival to an excellent response. Now you can download this online, and watch the film on PlayFestivalFilm app. See our latest UPDATE.
Interviews have been filmed including high profile actors such as David Bamber, Rev Collins in BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Jean Boht who starred as the wonderfully dizzy Mrs Bennett in the premiere production of Sue Pomeroy’s successful stage adaptation. The celebrated composer Carl Davis, who wrote the memorable music for the BBC series has also been interviewed and we are delighted to be using excerpts of his score in our latest trailer. We’ve also had the privilege of interviewing Jane Austen academics including Dr Linda Bree of Cambridge University Press (who’s edited Persuasion) and Professor Peter Sabor of McGill University, Canada. Interviews have also been captured with direct descendants of Jane Austen who have shared fascinating insights into their celebrated great, great aunt.
We have attended exciting special Events across the country from Coughton to Chawton to Cambridge and from Lyme Regis to London. We’ve also had special access to film at Jane Austen’s House Museum and Chawton House Library including the AGM of the UK Jane Austen Society, which was hosted there. Filming took place at many 200th anniversary celebratory events such Grand Regency balls including the fabulous Regency ball at Coughton Court, Warwickshire, the ‘Netherfield Ball’ and international Jane Austen Festival in Regency Bath and ‘The Jane Austen Story’ exhibition at Winchester Cathedral, situated beside her grave.
Regency Fashion also features with filming at Bath Fashion Museum and a special costume exhibition from the BBC’s series of Pride and Prejudice in Hampshire.
Coming Soon: Interviews with contemporary women writers following in Jane Austen’s footsteps and celebrated actors who have starred in adaptations of her novels are currently being set up.
Plans are now being put into place for moving into full film production with the dramatised excerpts of the movie. Watch this space for update news!