There's been a lot of publicity lately about the new film Austenland (2013) based on the book by Shannon Hale. I haven't read the book so am not exactly sure whether to recommend it or the film but the whole idea of a Jane Austen fan going to a Regency themed resort sounds hilarious. The film is rated PG-13 so there will be some language and maybe some innuendo that won't be appropriate for young viewers.
Storyline: Austenland is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with Mr. Darcy-as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice-is ruining her love life; no real man can compare. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.
Two Clips & Interview:
(for some reason the videos aren't staying in my post but there are links to clips and an interview below.)
Austenland at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival
Keri Russell as Jane Hayes (heroine)
Other Period Films: The Magic Of Ordinary Days
J.J. Feild as Mr. Henry Nobley
Other Period Films: Northanger Abbey (2007), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001), Poirot: Death On The Nile, The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, Marple: Pale Horse, Captain America
Jane Seymour as Mrs. Wattlesbrook
Other Period Films: Our Mutual Friend (1976), Somewhere In Time, The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982), Heidi (1993), Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman (TV series), Marple: Ordeal By Innocence
Bret McKenzie as Martin
Other Films: The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit
James Callis as Colonel Andrews
Other Period Films: Arabian Nights, The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999), Victoria and Albert, One Night With The King, BBC Merlin
Ricky Whittle as Captain George East
His first period film role.
Georgia King as Lady Amelia Heartwright
Other Period Films: Little Dorrit (2009), Jane Eyre (2006), The Shadow in the North, Poirot: Hollowe'en Party, BBC Merlin
The costumes and scenery are bright and colorful!
Looks interesting, no?
Have you read Austenland?
Do you think you'll watch Austenland (2013)?
How would you like to go to a Jane Austen themed resort?