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3 February 2008 (USA) See more »
In the later years of her life, as she's approaching the age of forty, the novelist Jane Austen helps her niece find a husband. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Jeremy Lovering 
Writing credits
Gwyneth Hughes (written by)

Jane Austen  letters (uncredited)

Produced by
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH
Michas Kotz .... line producer
Jamie Laurenson .... producer
Anne Pivcevic .... producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer: BBC
Original Music by
Jennie Muskett 
Cinematography by
David Katznelson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Luke Dunkley 
Casting by
Jill Trevellick 
Production Design by
Melanie Allen 
Art Direction by
James Price 
Costume Design by
Andrea Galer 
Makeup Department
Cheryl Mitchell .... makeup artist
Mary-Anne Waite .... makeup supervisor
Christine Walmesley-Cotham .... hair designer
Christine Walmesley-Cotham .... makeup designer
Production Management
Susy Liddell .... production executive
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grantly Butters .... first assistant director
Harry Jones .... third assistant director
Alex Streeter .... second assistant director
Art Department
Madeline Chan .... art department assistant (as Madeleine Chan)
Cathy Cosgrove .... production buyer
Richard Field .... stand-by art director
Peter Hallam .... property master
Camise Oldfield .... prop trainee
Andrew Smith .... stand-by carpenter
Nic Stubbings .... dressing props
Steve Thompson .... dressing props
Oli van der Vijver .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Philip Alton .... dialogue editor
James Bain .... boom operator
Rudi Buckle .... film sound
Shaun Buckle .... sound trainee
Joe Carey .... sound trainee (as Joseph Carey)
James Feltham .... dialogue editor
Michael Fentum .... sound effects editor
Nigel Heath .... dubbing mixer
Blair Jollands .... sound effects editor
Julian Slater .... sound effects editor
Nick Roberts .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Ian Waggott .... foley artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sebastian Barraclough .... clapper loader
Paddy Blake .... focus puller
Dan Carling .... camera trainee
Charlotte Bruus Christensen .... second camera operator
Jamie Hunt .... electrician
Mark Joiner .... electrician
Bruce Knight .... electrician
Wayne Mansell .... best boy
Keith Mead .... grip
Steven Read .... stand-by rigger (as Steve Read)
Otto Stenov .... gaffer
Alison Lai .... clapper loader: dailies (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Brown .... costume stand-by
Claire Collins .... assistant costume designer
Debbie O'Brien .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Richard Cradick .... on-line editor
Gwillym Hewetson .... assistant film editor
Jet Omoshebi .... telecine colorist
Patricia Scanlon .... post-production assistant
Andy Wood .... on-line editor
Ian Luxford .... post production producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Peter Anderson .... title designer
Rick Behari .... publicist
Rupert Bray .... location manager
Daisy Caton-Jones .... floor runner
Jethro Ensor .... location manager
Michelle Franklin .... production secretary
Richard Green .... production accountant
Paul Harris .... choreographer
Liz Jegede .... assistant accountant
Nicola Mairs .... production coordinator
Melanie Proud .... production runner
Claire Rees .... picture campaign executive
Simon Scott .... assistant location manager
Emma Thomas .... script supervisor
Kevin Towell .... location assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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The red print dress Phyllida Law wears at the picnic is the same costume Wendy Hughes (Mrs. Worrall) wears in Princess Caraboo (1994), and Elizabeth Devonport wears in "The Regency House Party" (2004).See more »
Jane Austen:[reads to Cassandra from first draft of Persuasion] More than seven years were gone since this little history of sorrowful interest had reached its close;
Jane Austen:She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.She had used him ill, deserted and disappointed him; and worse, she had shewn a feebleness of character in doing so, which his own decided, confident temper could not endure. She had given him up to oblige others.
Jane Austen:She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! alas! she must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.
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31 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
This film screwed up differently than Becoming Jane did, 16 August 2009
Author: mrtraska from United States

I SO wanted to absolutely love this movie. I did. Don't get me wrong -- it got a lot right. It was on Masterpiece Theater, for heaven's sake, and the script generally tried to stay closer to the few facts we have about Austen's life. It had decent direction and adept, credible Brits portraying Jane and her family. And yet, there was one huge flaw that I just couldn't ignore. Miss Austen Regrets would have us believe that Jane had several offers of marriage during her lifetime but knowingly and deliberately chose to remain single and focus on her work. This is a 20th to 21st century conceit awkwardly imposed on a 19th century situation.

The few facts we have show that Jane received only one marriage proposal during her life, and that was from someone with an irritating personality. Harris Bigg-Wither was described by Jane's niece Caroline Austen and by one of his own descendants, Reginald Bigg-Wither, as unattractive at best: he was plain, if not homely, stuttered, aggressive in conversation, and almost completely tactless. Those objectionable qualities, despite his comfortable financial position, would have put off many women, then *or* now. Had he had a more pleasing personality, Harris might have tried first for a fiancée from a more prosperous family instead of proposing to Jane.

Moreover, Jane had known Harris since childhood and probably knew full well what she'd be getting into if she decided to marry him. To endure Bigg-Wither every so often at social occasions was one thing, but to marry him and have to endure that personality day in and day out would have been quite another. The simplest explanation is that Austen initially agreed to his proposal in order to be less of a burden to and/or provide for her family, but she knew him too well not to immediately regret her decision the next morning -- and thus she reneged on her acceptance in less than a day, and remained single. She probably considered that the lesser of two evils.

The truth, then, is *not* that Jane Austen turned down acceptable proposals and made a conscious decision to put her writing first and stay independent, particularly given that she *never was* financially independent, but rather that no handsome, sweet-tempered, intelligent man, with or without means, ever asked her. She may have had such men as friends or acquaintances, but none of them ever proposed. If one had, remaining single would have been a much harder decision -- but that's moot, because such a man never did ask. Period. And that's a rude truth she had to suffer for all her adult life. It's not a truth that Miss Austen Regrets chose to address, however, and that is the film's greatest failing.

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