Alert Janeite Sophie let us know that Patricia Rozema will be appearing at an event at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, on Friday, October 17.
Film: Mansfield Park (Patricia Rozema, 1999, 112 minutes) Adapted from the Jane Austen novel
At age 10, poor relation Fanny Price goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt’s husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral compass, she becomes especially close to Edmund, Thomas’s younger son. When Fanny comes to the attention of neighbor Henry Crawford, Thomas promotes the match; but to his displeasure, Fanny has a mind of her own, asking Henry to prove himself worthy. As Edmund courts Henry’s sister, and links between Thomas’s fortunes and New World slavery come to light, Fanny must assess Henry’s character and her heart as well as her wit. Starring Frances O’Connor, Harold Pinter, Alessandro Nivola, Jonny Lee Miller.
Special Guest: Patricia Rozema, Director of Mansfield Park
Patricia Rozema is a successful writer, director and producer and has directed recent film Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008), The Five Senses (2000) and even worked as an assistant director on The Fly (1986). She has been nominated for five Genie awards, won the Award of Youth for Best Foreign Film at Cannes for I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987), an Emmy in 1998 for Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program for: “Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach” (1997) and many others.
We’re fascinated that they are calling this “an event for all ages” as some parts of that movie are not exactly, uh, family-friendly; and we really don’t think most children would find it at all interesting. Heck, a lot of adults don’t find it at all interesting. 😉 The pre-movie talk and the musical portion sound really interesting, though.