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A Q&A with Jerusha Hess and JJ Feild

Screenwriter-director and star of ‘Austenland’ talk about hard-core Janeites and Regency vomit

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OW: Who do you think the film is going to be for? Do you think it’s going to be for Jane Austen fans or do you think it’s going to be Jerusha’s following?

JH: We definitely made the movie for Jane Austen [fans] – we were aware that they would see it. And we didn’t want to alienate them in any way because, you know, it’s the story of a Jane Austen fan. And I think we walked that line carefully without being overtly mean or disrespectful. We gently teased fandom – well, maybe not so gently – and I think, from what I’ve heard, the Janeites have loved it. We’ve had big special-interest screenings where they come all dressed up. They love it.
JF: At the premiere in Los Angeles, when we got to the end of the red carpet, there were half a dozen women – young women – dressed in Regency costume. And I thought, Well, that’s great of Sony Classics to plant a few Regencies. And I went over and sort of made a joke with them. But they weren’t plants, they were the Los Angeles Jane Austen Society.

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