Newsletter – December 15th 2022

Jane Austen

For our end of year screening, we present Love and Friendship, Whit Stillman’s 2016 adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s minor works, the short novella Lady Susan. Written as a series of letters between the coquettish and manipulative Lady Susan Vernon, members of her family and circle of friends, the language and mores of early 19th century life among a privileged stratum of English society are brought vividly to life. Stillman [himself an accomplished screenwriter] uses Austen’s delightfully amusing text as the essential core of his screenplay and allies it to his imaginative visual interpretation of the characters, gleaned from their style of letter writing.

Thought to have been written as an untitled fair copy manuscript in 1805, Austen’s novella was finally named Lady Susan and published [privately] in 1871, 54 years after her death at the age of forty one.

The screening will be charged at our usual rate of £7.00, which includes £1.00 membership fee.

Booking details can be found on Abbey Cinema’s Website

The link takes you to their Home page, down which you will have to scroll to access the stock image for Love and Friendship. Selecting that will take you to a 7.30 pm GUILDHALL option, from which you can make your booking. More information about the booking process and our current programme schedule can be found by searching under ‘About Us’ on the ABCD Website,

For this screening our Membership Secretary will be on hand to assist anyone who wants to see the film but has not been able to book online.

A Programme Note for the film has been produced and is attached to this Newsletter- it can be accessed by the link at the bottom of this page, and provides a descriptive context to film you are about to see, plus technical credit details and ‘trailers’ for forthcoming films.

Please use your Reaction Slip for comments on the film-and any other points about ABCD you may wish to make. They will be published on the Website in due course.


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