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Jane Austen at the Sundance Film Festival

By January 15, 2013

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portrait of Jane AustenThe Sundance Film Festival starts this week and among the films to be screened is Austenland, a film produced by Twilight series author, Stephenie Meyer and directed by Jerusha Hess, co-screenwriter with her husband of the hit film, Napoleon Dynamite.

Based on a novel by Sharon Hale, the plot of Austenland is kind of a Westworld for Janeites... (Wait, am I dating myself too much?) Ah, the plot is kind of a Jurassic Park for Janeites with Regency manners instead of dinosaurs (what, still?), and the film features actors Keri Russell (Felicity, Waitress), Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde, Best in Show), Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords)... and Jane Seymour who, coincidentally (or not?) I've actually met at a Jane Austen-related book launch party at the Morgan Library & Museum.

On January 28 of this month, our Miss Austen will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of her own novel, Pride & Prejudice. (In case I dated myself a bit too much, fyi, P&P's was NOT the book launch to which I referred earlier). As is evident from the rest of this post, she's still inspiring so many of us.

Read more about Austenland on the Sundance Film Festival website.

Read more about Jane Austen and her publishing history.

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