Jane’s life-size paper doll of Mr. Darcy and her “I Love Darcy” tote may be tattered, but even in her thirties, she hasn’t grown out of her obsession with all things Jane Austen. Careworn by love, she saves enough to fulfill her dream of stepping into Austen’s world and heads to Austenland for an “immersive” vacation to eschew all things modern. And it couldn’t be more perfect. There’s an imposing manor with verdant grounds for afternoon promenades, rosy-faced servants, trusty steeds for hunting expeditions, gilded drawing rooms for evenings spent in polite conversation, and, yes, gallant young suitors. Unfortunately, due to limited funds, she’s relegated to lesser quarters and drearier costumes than fellow bachelorette guests, but her cares melt away as she catches the eye of a young footman, and she’s swept into a romantic adventure she could never have imagined.
Will fantasy and reality merge for Jane? A wickedly funny, irreverent comedy, featuring a malapropism-peppered performance by Jennifer Coolidge and an impeccable cast of archetypal characters, Austenland hits all the right notes of the Regency era and our curious infatuation with it. - C. L.
About the Director
As a film student at Brigham Young University, Jerusha Hess cowrote her first screenplay for Napoleon Dynamite, which was one of the sleeper hits of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. She was also the film’s costume designer. Since then she has cowritten the screenplays for Nacho Libre (2006) and Gentlemen Broncos (2009) with her husband, Jared Hess. Jerusha lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Jared and their two children. Austenland marks her directorial debut.
Cast and Credits
Director: Jerusha Hess
Screenwriters: Jerusha Hess, Shannon Hale
Executive Producers: Robert Fernandez, Dan Levinson
Producers: Stephenie Meyer, Gina Mingacci
Coproducer: Jane Hooks
Associate Producers: Meghan Hibbett, Shannon Hale, Jared Hess
Cinematographer: Larry Smith
Production Designer: James Merifield
Principal Cast: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Georgia King, James Callis
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