Another reason to be angry about MP2


A lot of Janeites have very strong opinions (mostly negative) about the 1999 film adaptation of MANSFIELD PARK, and even years later there is still some fallout from the filming. The Independent reports that the doves released as part of the Henry Crawford’s Big Romantic Gesture scene are still living in Charlestown, a port town in Cornwall that stood in for Portsmouth in the film. A woman who has been feeding the doves ever since is retiring and fears that no one will feed the doves from now on. One hopes that the birds will be able to fend for themselves; and one hopes that future filmmakers will exercise more responsibility in using animals. Jane Austen loved nature and we suspect would have been most seriously displeased at such activity in her name.