Miss Austen Regrets and new edition of S&S95 scheduled for Dutch release


Our Dutch correspondent Aad has sent along news of some new Austen-related DVDs to be released soon in the Netherlands.

Just Entertainment has released Miss Austen Regrets.

Sony Pictures will release a new 2-disc deluxe edition of Sense and Sensibility, but the date is unclear; one says May 7, the other says June 4.

Miss Austen Regrets to be broadcast in New Zealand this Sunday


(We are feeling antipodean tonight…) TV One will broadcast Miss Austen Regrets this Sunday, March 8, at 8:30 p.m.

Miss Austen Regrets DVD available in Australia on October 2


…which means it’s probably going to be shown on television shortly before that, Alert Janeite Lucy tells us. She will keep an eye out and let us know! Lucy found the DVD at ezyDVD.com.au.

"something between a Man & an Angel"


JASNA Wisconsin Region R.C. Elizabeth Philosophos Cooper has followed up her excellent article on Brook Edward Bridges, portrayed by Hugh Bonneville in Miss Austen Regrets, with a piece on Charles Haden, played by the eminently woof-worthy Jack Huston. As in the first essay, Ms. Cooper busts a few myths while showing an appreciation for the film.

Austen’s letters to her sister, Cassandra, written from London in the autumn of 1815 include many references to Haden but provide no support for the screenplay’s invention of a romantic triangle. On the contrary, they suggest that Austen enjoyed both Haden and his flirtation with Fanny.

There also is some information on the real Mr. Haden’s distinguished medical career. We encourage our Gentle Readers most strongly to check it out!

Variety touts Miss Austen Regrets for an Emmy


This makes us happy.


Fast facts: Had to run against the Super Bowl in most of the country.

Variety review: “Beautifully shot and graced with a splendid performance by Olivia Williams, Jane Austen biopic ‘Miss Austen Regrets’ focuses on a relatively narrow window in the author’s life, serving as something of a companion to ‘Becoming Jane,’ the 2007 feature about a young Austen starring Anne Hathaway. It is also, blessedly, less sappy than the Austen adaptations surrounding it within what ‘Masterpiece Theater’ has christened ‘The Complete Jane Austen.'”

Indeed! From Variety’s pages to the Academy’s shortlist!

Finishing up the last leftovers


There still are some bits to finish up from last week’s UK broadcast of Miss Austen Regrets. The Telegraph’s Stephen Pile said:

At the start of the 21st century we are all madly interested in What Jane Austen Was Really Like, but the reports are confusing. In the cinema Becoming Jane showed us an intelligent woman who was nonetheless feminine and romantic, but television is not so easily fooled and has come up with something far more complex.

In Miss Austen Regrets (BBC1, Sun) she had an utterly different set of boyfriends from the film (Rev Bridges, Bigg-Wither and even, controversially, Dr Haden, but no sign of the racy Lefroy). What emerged was Jane Our Contemporary.

The Times’ Roland White seems less than pleased.

Yet the Jane Austen portrayed so brilliantly here by Olivia Williams was hardly a role model for today’s spiky, independent career girls. For all her bravado on the subject, she was obsessed by the one thing that eluded her – Mr Right. It was pretty much all she talked about: partly advising her niece and partly reflecting on her own lack of success.

We feel as though we should paraphrase Edward Austen from the film–“If that’s what you think it is about, perhaps you should watch it again.” 😉

Whereas the Guardian’s Andrew Anthony is in raptures.

Surely not even the most devoted member of the Jane Austen Society would have thought that what British television needed just now was another costume drama of early 19th-century social manners featuring Hugh Bonneville. And yet Miss Austen Regrets was a sublime delight. Olivia Williams as Austen grabbed our sympathy with throwaway epigrams, and such was the spirit of the piece, that every visual cliche seemed almost fresh.

Fan-made Miss Austen Regrets trailer


Alert Janeite Carmen sent us a link to a fan-made trailer for Miss Austen Regrets (complete with Spanish subtitles! Lovely!) since neither PBS nor Auntie Beeb bothered to make one: