Jane Austen's early work Love And Friendship has been made in to a film and we could not be more excited. Find out all the details here...
Ever heard of Jane Austen’s Love and Friendship? Don’t worry, not many have, but thanks to a new film adaptation, a whole new Austen story has finally seen the light of day and we couldn’t be more excited.
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Love and Friendship has already received rave reviews from Austen fans and non-fans alike, earning major buzz for lead actress Kate Beckinsale (who previously starred in the adaptation of Austen’s Emma, didn’t you know?)
Based on the short epistolary novel Lady Susan, the film tells the story of widowed Lady Susan Vernon (played by Kate) who seeks refuge with her in-laws when rumours about her private life circulate through society.
She schemes to find a husband for her – and one for her daughter, Frederica – make her the talk of the town in 18th century England.
The film also stars Chloe Sevigny, who makes her Austen debut as an American socialite, who marries into the British aristocracy and becomes Susan’s closest friend. British icon Stephen Fry and former Twilight actor Xavier Samuel also stars.
If you’re wondering why you never heard of Love & Friendship, you’re not alone, as the origin of the film’s story is pretty confusing. Not to be confused with another of her novellas Love & Freindship (curiously misspelt), the film Love & Friendship is actually an adapatation of Austen’s Lady Susan which she wrote when she was fourteen.
No word yet when Love & Friendship will premiere in the UK, but here’s hoping that 2016 is the year Austen graces our screens once again…