I remember thinking after my husband and I finished Gentlemen Broncos, our weirdest and most
testicular film to date, that I really needed to start making movies for girls.
Cut to a dinner meeting with author Shannon Hale. She was smart and funny and handed me a
book she had recently published, "Austenland." I read it in an evening and we started writing the
screenplay within the month. The book was so fresh and read like a film; it was a joy to adapt it
for the screen and write with Shannon.
Since the romantic element in the book was always strong, my goal was to make the film as
quirky and light as possible. The result is a ridiculous romp in Regency culture -- commenting
not only on the historical time but also on the Jane Austen film genre itself. Although the film
gently pokes at the Austen "aficionado" it never intends to alienate the fans, rather to celebrate
the fun and funny of it all.
Austenland was as girlishly indulgent to make as I hope it is for you to watch. Enjoy.
- Jerusha Hess
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