Love & Friendship is acclaimed writer-director Whit Stillman’s adaptation of young Jane Austen’s novella ‘Lady Susan’, believed to have been written in the mid 1790s but only published by her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh, in 1871. Beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. While ensconced there, she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel), the rich and silly Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett) and the divinely attractive, but married, Lord Manwaring (Lochlann O’Mearáin), complicating matters severely. But as always, Lady Susan has a plan… Featuring a note-perfect ensemble cast including Chloë Sevigny and Stephen Fry, Love & Friendship is a fresh, subversive and frequently hilarious take on the traditional period drama adaptation. Featuring a revelatory turn from Kate Beckinsale as the duplicitous but thoroughly charming Lady Susan Vernon, Love & Friendship is the sharpest, wittiest Jane Austen adaptation to grace the screen. Here’s a ‘Book to screen’ teaser for you to enjoy. Love & Friendship is released in cinemas nationwide on Friday 27 May. To celebrate this, a group of our guides from the Jane Austen Centre will be going in costume to our local independent cinema, The Little Theatre in Bath, where we’ll be demonstrating Regency etiquette and the language of the fan! To find out more about the upcoming release of Love & Friendship visit LoveAndFriendshipFilm.co.uk ★★★★ ‘A rapier-sharp comedy’ The Times
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