Love & Friendship
First screened in April 2016
Director: Whit Stillman. Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Justin Edwards, Sophie Radermacher, Tom Bennett, Chloë Sevigny, Lochlann O'Mearáain, Jenn Murray, James Fleet, Jemma Redgrave, Morfydd Clark, Kelly Campbell, Stephen Fry, Conor MacNeill, Conor Lambert, Frank Melia. Screenplay: John Logan (based on the novella Lady Susan by Jane Austen). Twitter Capsule:
Early Austen in broadly comic key. Many laughs. Maybe too pleased with itself? Gets a bit wearying. Cast has fun.
Stillman finds unexplored possibilities in the Austen canon, foregrounding comedy without making it slapstick, and indicating "period" in clever new ways. Admirably distinctive.