London, April 6: Screen adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels have become as common as Star Wars sequels but now the author’s own life is to be the subject of a film.
An '8-million movie detailing the thwarted summer love of Austen at 19 for a young and roguish Irishman, Tom Lefroy, a real life suitor, has begun shooting in Dublin.
Robert Bernstein, one of the producers, said: “It is young love. It is Jane Austen in love, something you’ve never seen before, a complete departure from the usual oblique portrait of her as a spinster.”
Ecosse Films, the lead producer, made Mrs Brown, the Bafta- and Golden Globe-winning picture about Queen Victoria’s relationship with her servant, John Brown.
Bernstein said: “We were looking for a companion piece to Mrs Brown, a pivotal relationship in a British icon’s life that is surprising and revealing. She is a person with a beating heart, and the experience transforms her life.”
Becoming Jane stars Anne Hathaway, seen recently in Brokeback Mountain, as the author, and James McAvoy, star of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as her young Irish beau.
Julian Jarrold, who made Kinky Boots, said: “Anne has the perfect combination of intelligence, emotional vulnerablity and steely determination for our Jane.”
Bernstein said his tale was far from fanciful. “It is pretty well established that she had this whirlwind romance that started her writing First Impressions, which was the embryo for Pride and Prejudice.
"We developed the script three years ago. It is taken
from research, culled from a lot of biographies. Jon
Spence, who wrote the book Becoming Jane, is our
historical consultant. We portray a deep and emotional
relationship that was not to be.
"It's the true story of how she fell in love at 19,
had a relationship that was a key to her understanding
of how love works, and how she became the writer we
know and love today."
The producers follow a long tradition of using Austen
for inspiration. Six films have been made of Pride and
Prejudice and Emma has been adapted five times.
Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey have
also all been filmed.
Information appearing on telegraph.co.uk is the
copyright of Telegraph Group Limited and must not be
reproduced in any medium without licence. For the full
copyright statement see Copyright
Assistant News Editor
6,9 Prafulla Sarkar Street, Calcutta, India
Do You Yahoo!'
Tired of spam' Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around