Sanditon Just Down The Road!
There's exciting news for those of us in the South West/Bristol area.
As you probably already know, Andrew Davies, the writer behind behind the likes of the TV adaptations of Pride and Prejudice 1995 and War and Peace has joined the team at Red Planet Pictures who are planning to film a production of Jane's unfinished novel Sanditon. It's set to begin filming in Spring 2019, and who it will star is yet to be announced.
Jane Austen managed to write only a fragment of her last novel before she died - but what a fragment! Sanditon tells the story of the transformation of a sleepy fishing village into a fashionable seaside resort, with a spirited young heroine, a couple of entrepreneurial brothers, some dodgy financial dealings, a West Indian heiress, and quite a bit of nude bathing. It's been a privilege and a thrill for me to develop Sanditon into a TV drama for a modern audience.Specific locations in the Bristol area have not yet been named, but adverts have been spotted online calling for Sanditon filming crew at Bottle Yard Studios (a well-established studio based in Whitchurch on the outer fringes of Bristol). Who knows, perhaps a few of the Centre staff may be able to snag roles as extras!
As it is in it's early stages of planning, not many details are known as of yet about the intricacies of the plot/script/costumes etc. However, the latest news to emerge from the Red Planet Pictures press team is that Bristol is going to be one of the main filming locations for the production! Exciting news since Bath is only half an hour away!
Sanditon tells the story of the impulsive and spirited Charlotte Heywood, and her volatile relationship with the charming Sidney Parker. When a chance accident takes Charlotte from her rural hometown of Willingden to the up-and-coming coastal resort of Sanditon, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the rise, and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success.This will be the first time that Sanditon will have been brought to a television audience. The Jane Austen News is really looking forward to it.
A New Black Pride and Prejudice Adaptation Is Coming
A Clueless Reboot Is Also On The Way Clueless, in case it's not a film you've come across, is a film from 1995 (a good year for Jane Austen adaptations it seems!) and is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma which became something of a cult classic. For some current Jane Austen fans, it was their first introduction to the world of Jane Austen, and it was from that film that they went on to discover Jane's books and other adaptations.
The Clueless storyline focuses on Cher (the equivalent of Emma Woodhouse), who is a charismatic, popular, rich-girl from Beverly Hills. When Cher and her best friend Dionne meet a inept new girl from New Jersey named Tai, they decide to take her under their wing. Cher and Dionne give Tai a makeover and help her learn the ropes of being a popular girl in Beverly Hills, while tackling other issues in their personal lives.
And A Brazilian Pride and Prejudice Has Just Been The telenovela Orgulho e Paixão (Pride and Passion) recently finished its six-month run on Brazil's Globo television network and fans are wishing it could have kept going.
There were two separate groups, those who thought it was enjoyable and those who were very disappointed as they were hoping for a more faithful adaptation...[but] it was valid as it disseminated the author to a wide Brazilian audience.
Adriana Sales, President of the Jane Austen Society of Brazil
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