Becoming Jane (2007) Poster



Jane starts to write a novel called "First Impression". It's the first draft of what became "Pride and Prejudice".
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James McAvoy had to wear three inch lifts throughout the filming of the entire movie, because at 5'7", he is shorter than his 5'8" leading lady Anne Hathaway.
Dame Maggie Smith is a patron of the Jane Austen Society.
To prepare for her role, Anne Hathaway learned to play the piano and worked with a dialect coach.
The house used to portray the Austen home dates from 1747.
Two shots from the beginning of the film, used to set up the town, were done in England. The rest of the film was shot in Ireland.
During the shooting of the opening scene, the piano that Jane plays was not working. The sound was later matched to Anne Hathaway's fingering.
The events in the film are roughly set in 1795.
Filming in Ireland during the spring and summer is always tricky because the weather can change in a few minutes. The cricket scene was especially hard to shoot; the light was different in almost every shot.
The final film role of Ian Richardson.
Kate Winslet, Natalie Portman, and Keira Knightley were also considered for the role of Jane Austen.
Up to three hundred extras were used in the ballroom scene, which was visited by John O'Donoghue, the Irish Minister for the Arts.
The Austen's house is the same house as the Morland's in the 2007 ITV adaptation.
Dame Maggie Smith and Julie Walter's sixth movie together. They both starred in five Harry Potter movies.
The green and beige patterned waistcoat James McAvoy wears to Lady Gresham's ball is the same costume Benjamin Whitrow wore at Longbourn in Pride and Prejudice (1995), Mark Foxsmith wore in The Regency House Party (2004), and Hugh Laurie wore to the London ball in Sense and Sensibility (1995).
Anna Maxwell Martin also played Elizabeth Darcy, the former Elizabeth Bennet, in the television production of Death Comes to Pemberley (2013), based on the novel by P.D. James, a murder mystery sequel to "Pride and Prejudice".
An extra wears a floppy mesh bonnet to church. Rosamund Pike wore the same bonnet in Pride & Prejudice (2005), when she learned in Meryton that Mr. Bingley had returned to Netherfield. Catherine Walker wore it in Northanger Abbey (2007), in the garden with Catherine. Emily Blunt wore it in The Young Victoria (2009).
Jessica Ashworth wears a yellow muslin gown with a white ruffle at the neckline. Carey Mulligan wore the same dress in Pride & Prejudice (2005), when Mr. Gardiner's letter arrives at Longbourn.
The white muslin frock with red patterned overdress worn by Eleanor Methven, as Mrs. Lefroy, is the same one Brenda Blethyn, as Mrs. Bennet, wears in Pride & Prejudice (2005), in the Meryton scene when the Bennets learn that Mr. Bingley has returned to Netherfield Hall.
The pink patterned muslin gown Anna Maxwell Martin (Cassandra Austen) wears during the engagement party scene, is the same gown worn by Carey Mulligan (Kitty Bennet) in Pride & Prejudice (2005). Mulligan wears it during the scene in which the younger Bennet sisters visit Netherfield Hall to check on the progress of Jane Bennet, who is ill.
The white overdress with pink and green stripes Jessica Ashworth (Lucy Lefroy) wears to the Laverton Fair, is the same costume worn by Carey Mulligan (Isabella Thorpe) when she first meets Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey (2007).
The blue and white striped gown Lucy Cohu (Eliza De Feuillide) wears, was previously worn in Marie Antoinette (2006) by Mary Nighy (Princesse Lamballe).


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Unfortunately, for a biographical picture, a great deal of the story is imagined. In fact, most biographers believe that Jane Austen only knew Tom LeFroy for approximately a month, from late 1795 to mid- to late-January of 1796, and that although they did spend a great deal of time together during this period, marriage between them was known to be untenable, and that upon realizing the extent of their friendship, Tom was sent away before the end of January, 1796. They are not believed to have ever seen each other again, although Tom did name his eldest daughter Jane, and admitted in his later years to a nephew that he had indeed loved Jane, but that it was in a very "young and boyish way" (being approximately twenty years old at the time). Jane stayed so close to her family, that she had a very small social life, as did most unmarried women, including her sister, and she therefore most likely replayed this heady month in her mind many times over the course of her life - using it as really her only truly romantic experience on which to draw.
Jane and her sister both survived a childhood bout with typhoid, which can have a later recurrence similar to Shingles. This is one of the many theories concerning her death at 41. Jane's sister, Cassandra, who also remained unmarried, destroyed most of Jane's correspondence upon her death - leaving many biographers with a lack of information to rely upon. Aside from writing, Jane also lived a very quiet life within her family - sewing, attending church, and occasionally dancing, which she loved. This likely also limits the amount of information left for biographers to study, although her brief friendship with Tom Lefroy and her single-night engagement to Mr. Bigg-Wither appear to truly be the extent of her romantic adventures.
The first dance in the second ballroom scene is done to the tune of "Hole in The Wall". It is a period dance now done as a staple among members of The Society for Creative Anachronism (a medieval and early modern recreation orhanization) and stealing a partner, as LeFroy does with Jane, is a twist to the dance.
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