The Jane Austen Festival in Bath opens on 17th July. I’d love to be able to go! What about you? Have you ever been to Bath and, especially, have you ever taken part in the Festival? It must be great to be there. For now, just dream about it…
Some of the attractions at The Jane Austen Festival include small soirees, theatre, concerts, walking tours, food, talks and of course dancing plus the opportunity to dress throughout the week, if you wish, in 18th century costume. What costume would you choose? I love Romola Garai's costumes in BBC Emma 2009. What about you?
2. SENSE & SENSIBILITY REUNION
Colonel Brandon and Elinor Dashwood have been reunited in a common project with the supervision of John Willoughby. What kind of ramblings are these? Just news, as I announced in the title.
The fact is that Emma Thomson (Elinor 1995) and Alan Rickman (Brandon 1995) star together in a powerful and visually arresting film, The Song Of Lunch, made by BBC Drama Production for BBC Two.
The film, a dramatisation of Christopher Reid's narrative poem, tells the story of an unnamed book editor (Alan Rickman) who, 15 years after their break-up, is meeting his former love (Emma Thompson) for a nostalgic lunch at Zanzotti's, the Soho restaurant they used to frequent.
Greg Wise (Willoughby 1995 and Emma Thomson's husband in real life) and Sarah Brown were the executive producers for the BBC.
BBC2 unique fusion of poetry and drama will be broadcast to mark National Poetry Day on 7 October 2010.