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Wide Sargasso Sea -- Set in lush 19th-century Jamaica and based on the award-winning novel by Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea is a prequel to Charlotte Bront's Jane Eyre and paints a rather different picture of Mr. Rochester's first wife.


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Release Date:
9 October 2006 (UK) See more »
The first Mrs. Rochester recalls how she met her future husband and eventually came to be imprisoned in the attic at Thornfield Hall. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Brendan Maher 
Writing credits
Jean Rhys (novel)

Charlotte Brontë  characters
Stephen Greenhorn  screenplay

Produced by
Jane Featherstone .... executive producer
Victoria Goodall .... line producer
Claire Parker .... executive producer
Elwen Rowlands .... producer
Original Music by
Nina Humphreys 
Cinematography by
David Luther 
Film Editing by
Victoria Boydell 
Casting by
Carrie Hilton 
Production Design by
Stevie Herbert 
Set Decoration by
Zoe Smith 
Costume Design by
Les Lansdown 
Makeup Department
Sallie Adams .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jude Campbell .... first assistant director
Eliot Mathews .... second assistant director
Anna Tarrant .... third assistant director
Art Department
Malcolm Holt .... property master
Lloyd Vincent .... stand-by props
Garry Marriott .... construction medic (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ben Baird .... dubbing mixer
Richard Dyer .... sound mixer
Richard Dyer .... sound recordist
John Hagenstede .... boom operator
Chips Paul .... foley editor
Nick Roberts .... adr mixer
Adam Wilks .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Steve Lucas .... special effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Brinson .... gaffer
Edward L. Dark .... assistant grip
Pier Hausemer .... focus puller
Stephen Janes .... second assistant camera
Campbell McIntosh .... gaffer
Jackson Pearce White .... camera trainee
Casting Department
Tamara Notcutt .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Amber Eastcott .... assistant editor
Location Management
Natalie Brown .... location manager
Ian Hutchinson .... location manager
Transportation Department
Edward L. Dark .... driver
James Keaton .... driver
Olivia Wakeford .... runner driver
Other crew
Helen Andre .... script supervisor
Alex Bernays .... floor runner
Edward L. Dark .... floor runner
Fraser Grant .... production accountant
Matt Grimwood .... production secretary
James Keaton .... runner
Jack Murphy .... choreographer
Emma Pacilli .... production coordinator

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84 min
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Antoinette Cosway:I loved this place. I loved it with all my heart, and now you've made it a place I hate. I used to think if I lost everything I would still have this, but now I have nothing and I hate it like I hate you and I swear before I die I will show you just how much!See more »
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Astonishingly Powerful, 10 October 2006
Author: imperial_lemonade from United Kingdom

Having always been an avid lover of Jane Eyre, picking it apart in Eng. Lit. A-level was a painful and disillusioning experience, as Charlotte Bronte's startling racism is exposed, and you realise just how annoying Jane really is. The BBC 1 adaptation of the book has helped restore my love of the story, but THIS drama was truly inspiring.

The doomed love affair was splendidly crafted. Edward Rochester, young, moody, disregarded by his family is coerced into marrying Antoinette Cosway-Mason, a beautiful, innocent girl of creole descent. After the initial passion, whispers of Antoinette's heritage, her promiscuity, and rumours of her mad murderous mother come to drive Rochester away from his wife. When he finds her beating a servant (who previously was abusing her mistress' non-white, non-black background), Rochester starts to believe in her hereditary madness, and becomes repulsed with the islands, their exotic honeymoon home and his ethnic wife. Rochester here seemed more moody than his older, chattering counterpart, but you have to remind yourself that this is the young man as he was, and it was refreshing to hear his perspective as well. 'Bertha's character by Rebecca Hall was sublime: shown with such sincerity, passion; complete, even down to the nuances of the regionally-indefinable accent. There are so many moving lines in this short drama. The scene where she yells 'My name is ANTOINETTE!' was gut-wrenching.

When Antoinette reveals her mother's true story, we believe the rift is healed, and trust restored. Yet the unwise use of a love potion convinces him again of her betrayal, and his lust and vengeance lead to a powerful scene where Antoinette slumps against the door of her bedroom wherein her husband is -literally- banging the maid.

Marvellous to watch, the loose camera-work and exotic locations bring together a flavour of mystery and mysticism, enhanced by the delicate melodies weaving in and out of the scenes, and the exotic, pulsating drum rhythms - I'd watch it again just to hear the soundtrack.

All in all, it ends in tragedy for both; she driven mad by hatred for him, and he overcome by regret when he realises that it was his fault. We know he cared about her - it was clear in Jane Eyre; yet here it seems that it was just not enough.

Mrs Rochester the First: in my opinion, infinitely better.

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