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I’m not sure how the latest movie based on a Jane Austen work escaped my notice until now. I’m a huge Austen fan, having read her original novels, contemporary works based on both her work, and imagining a fictional Austen solving murders.
I’ve watched all the movies and miniseries inspired by her characters, even the ones involving zombies (that one could have been better, but at least had engaging 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 thing Jane would approve.
I’m happy to be working with the film to bring you this info and giveaway.
Starring Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan, and Chloë Sevigny as her American friend, Alicia, the movie Love and Friendship is being positively reviewed. Read more reviews here.
Love and Friendship is being described as “Downton Abbey with laughs.” I love dry, British humor and I credit my enjoyment to my hours of reading Austen. Judge for yourself by watching the official trailer.
We are hosting a #LoveandFriendship giveaway! Please leave a comment below telling us your favorite Jane Austen work for a chance to win.
Please, one entry per household, must be 18 and over to enter or win, must be a resident of the US and have a US address. Void where prohibited. Prizing 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: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated by Whit Stillman
Rated PG, Love and Friendship from Roadside Attractions is in theaters now.
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LOVE & FRIENDSHIP is an adaptation of young Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan, believed to have been written in the mid 1790s but revised up to a fair copy prepared in 1805 and 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) who has come to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws, to wait out colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society.
Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her daughter, Frederica, played by Morfydd Clark.
Chloë Sevigny, who starred with Beckinsale in Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco (1998), plays Lady Susan’s friend and confidante Alicia Johnson, with Stephen Fry as her husband, the “very Respectable” Mr. Johnson.
The waters are troubled by the arrival at Churchill of the handsome, eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) and silly but cheerful — and very rich — Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett).
Lady Susan’s designs are vehemently opposed by the DeCourcy clan: 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 when her jealous rival, Lady Lucy Manwaring (Jenn Murray), arrives in London to make a shocking revelation, leading to the denouement of denouements.
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP is produced by Whit Stillman, Katie Holly and Lauranne Bourrachot, and co-produced by Raymond van der Kaaij.
Edited to add: this contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Beth Blakey.