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A New Jane Austen Movie!
I’m not sure how the latest movie from a Jane Austen work escaped my notice until now. I’m a huge Austen fan. I’ve read both her original novels and contemporary novels based on her work.
I’ve seen all the movies and miniseries inspired by her characters I even saw the ones that involves zombies. That one could have been better, but at least had good lead actors.
So how did Love and Friendship sneak up on me? No matter. I choose to see it as a delightful surprise.
Despite Mr. Knightly in Emma saying, “Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable,” I still think Jane would approve.
Love and Friendship
The movie stars Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan, and Chloë Sevigny as her American friend, Alicia, the movie Love and Friendship is positively reviewed. Read more reviews here.
Love and Friendship is a “Downton Abbey with laughs.” I love dry, British humor and I credit my enjoyment to my hours of Austen books. Judge for yourself after you watch the official trailer.
Our Love and Friendship Giveaway
We are happy to host a #LoveandFriendship giveaway! Please leave a comment below and tell us your favorite Jane Austen work for a chance to win.
Please, one entry per U.S. household. Void where prohibited. Prizes courtesy of Roadside Attractions.
One (1) winner receives a Love & Friendship Prize Pack:
- $50 Amazon gift card
- Bookmark, and copy of the Book, Love & Friendship by Whit Stillman
With a PG rating, Love and Friendship from Roadside Attractions is in theaters now.
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More About the Love & Friendship Movie
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP is an adaptation of young Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan. Possibly written in the mid 1790s but revised up to a fair copy prepared in 1805, The novella was finally published by her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh, in 1871.
Set in the 1790s, earlier than most Austen tales, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP concerns beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale). Lady Susan comes to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws. She’s there to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances that circulate through polite society.
Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her daughter, Frederica, (Morfydd Clark).
Chloë Sevigny plays Lady Susan’s friend and confidante Alicia Johnson, with Stephen Fry as her husband, the “very Respectable” Mr. Johnson.
Problems arrise with the arrival at Churchill of the handsome, eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) and silly but cheerful — and very rich — Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett).
The DeCourcy clan are vehemently opposed Lady Susan’s designs. Reginald’s sister, Catherine DeCourcy Vernon (Emma Greenwell); his mother, Lady DeCourcy (Jemma Redgrave) and father, Sir Reginald DeCourcy (James Fleet). But Susan’s brother-in-law, magnanimous Charles Vernon (Justin Edwards), prefers to see her, and everyone, with a benevolent regard.
After a series of dramatic turns at Churchill, Lady Susan finally risks destruction. Her jealous rival, Lady Lucy Manwaring (Jenn Murray), arrives in London to make a shocking revelation. This leads to the denouement of denouements.
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP producers are Whit Stillman, Katie Holly and Lauranne Bourrachot, with Raymond van der Kaaij as co-producer.
ETA: this contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Beth Blakey.