Jane Austen: Overcoming Pride & Prejudice - a memorable Film
An evocative, inspiring film about the “divine Jane”, the secrets of her heart & her courage sharing her precious novels with the world
Jane Austen: Overcoming Pride & Prejudice - a memorable Film
An evocative, inspiring film about the “divine Jane”, the secrets of her heart & her courage sharing her precious novels with the world
Great News! We are moving forward with our film!
I am delighted to tell you that despite us not reaching all of our Kickstarter goal, a long standing supporter of Sue Pomeroy and Studio Soho, the producers of our main feature length film documentary Overcoming Pride and Prejudice, has helped secure us a sponsor for all the equipment that we require to film our 200th anniversary events and the funds to film all the key events that we planned.
We have also been offered the use of a two large properties in Hampshire and East Sussex to use for filming and fund raising events. In addition investments pledged for the full length film have been steadily growing and this month we have actually raised more than our Kickstarter goal. An enormous thank you for all your support and enthusiasm!
While this 'crowd funding' campaign has been running, we have had some wonderful expressions of help and friendship: pledges of support from across the UK, Europe and the United States, opportunities to publish 'blogs' about the film on high profile websites, interviews on BBC Radio across five regions and several feature press articles. There has been a huge amount of interest and the project has gone global.
We will still require further funding for the production and distribution of our Anniversary DVD Love & Marriage, Jane Austen style and will continue our fund raising activities to ensure we achieve this, but we are very happy that ‘the show goes on’ and to give you such positive news. We will keep you all up to date via the Jane Austen productions facebook page so please 'like' the page: www.facebook.com/JaneAustenOvercomingPrideAndPrejudice. And for regular updates you can also follow the project on twitter @JaneAustenFilm.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude all for your heartfelt support, enthusiasm and generous donations and hope that you will continue to follow our progress and join us on our special Celebrity Gala on December 15th. Tickets are available now, so please make contact by email or telephone via our website: www.fuschiafilms.com/contact
If we do not have your address or contact details please provide them so we can send you a ‘thank you’ film post card. As long as we have your contact details we will update about how we are moving forward, and how you can support the film and play your part in it by direct involvement.
If you would like to be on our 'update' list please make sure we can contact you.
This is a film that matters. And that is why it will be made. Are you going to be part of the journey? That's the question. Watch this latest, two minute trailer - and it will be two minutes that could change your life. If you believe that films should be uplifting, life enhancing and inspiring, - that they should make our lives better - then make time to watch this, to support us, to share it. Keep with the journey.
Why this film should be made -
The controversial rewriting of her six finished novels in a modern idiom - the auction of her ring ... could it be saved for the nation? - new medical details of her final illness - her portrait on the new £10 note - much drama and a firestorm of interest but what of Jane herself? Let’s not overlook her journey or what she achieved in her short life at the expense of fortune and the chance to be happily married, to find the freedom to write six novels. Be part of the timely celebration of Jane Austen (this year) by really getting to know her and her world. Jane Austen – Overcoming Pride and Prejudice is a film that has to be made to get to the heart of Jane.
AIMS: Delivering two exciting projects. First and and in time for Christmas - Love and Marriage - Jane Austen Style celebrating the 200th Anniversary of her much loved novel, Pride & Prejudice. To include high profile interviews filmed with the star cast and your opportunity to participate as ‘background artistes’ and interviewees. It has been a wonderful experience meeting so many Jane Austen fans from across the world during filming and we look forward to meeting many more of you in the months ahead!
Secondly - an inspiring feature length film documentary about Jane Austen, her life and legacy as a novelist, entitled Jane Austen - Overcoming Pride & Prejudice. To include a high profile cast and fascinating dramatised sequences of her life and the extraordinary Regency world that she lived in overshadowed by the Napoleonic Wars. Against this background her family, friends and Jane herself come alive.
Sue Pomeroy will direct the "Jane Austen Productions" film in association with Fuschia Films and Studio Soho. This will be the first of a series of films about Jane's life, produced under the "Jane Austen Productions" brand, with the aim of creating a definitive collection of stories and memories for audiences to enjoy for many years to come. Also, with much of the footage we film in the 200th anniversary DVD being used in the full length film, you could feature internationally! Please read on...
At the heart of the films is the golden treasury of Jane’s inner life, her hopes, her dreams, her intimate feelings, her devastating wit which, though ironically so entertaining to modern audiences, may have been one of the reasons for her unhappiness in love. The film explores the places she loved – Steventon where she grew up, the Dorset coast that inspired her, Regency London, Bath and Brighton, the countryside of Kent and Hampshire. All set against a background fear of Revolutionary France followed by military mobilisation against the threat of Napoleon.
It was an act of great courage at a time when women had limited expectations and no right to vote to put her novels, her ‘beloved children’, before the public. Now generations later the world shares a passion for Jane Austen. Samuel Beckett wrote about the "divine Jane" (I am reading the divine Jane, I think she has much to teach me). Jane and her achievements have much to teach us now, and that is why we are passionate about making this film in the 200th anniversary year of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.
“It’s perennially among the top favourites in any poll of books the British reading public can’t do without.” (The Guardian Jan 2013)
We have launched the exciting early production stage of our films and we need your help to support the next vital stage of production to capture the bicentenary celebrations that will underpin our documentary feature Jane Austen – Overcoming Pride & Prejudice. We now have a schedule of great filming opportunities for autumn and winter that we must complete.
Jane Austen's impact is stronger than ever fuelled by a succession of films, plays and documentaries. Jane’s novels (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and the unfinished Sanditon) have captured the imaginations of millions of people all over the world and there is every sign that this fascination is set to run and run. Jane Austen is not a remote historical figure – her enduring popularity with young people demonstrates that. Lives were shorter then and had to be lived to the full for who knows what tomorrow might bring. Personal relationships mattered intensely and simple joys like the reading of a letter were better shared. You can help us to share Jane’s pure joy.
Jane Austen had expectations of a good marriage and financial stability that never materialised. In her own time a woman writing six novels of high quality and establishing a new literary social realism was a radical act. Hers was not an easy path. It took twenty years before she was published. This film explores how she overcame the pride and prejudice of an overwhelmingly male, class dominated society and what it cost her to find her own voice.(so opening the door to so many other women over the next two centuries.)
- At the fabulous Regency ball at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
- The famous ‘Netherfield Ball’ in Regency Bath
- The cottage in Hampshire where Jane wrote and finished most of her books, now Jane Austen’s House Museum
- An interview with David Bamber - Reverend Collins from the BBC TV series of Pride and Prejudice (1995)
- Chawton House Library and grounds, and interviews with Stephen Lawrence, CEO
- Interviews with Richard Knight and Professor Peter Sabor, McGill University, Montreal at the Jane Austen Society (UK) AGM.
- An interview with actress Jean Boht, who played Mrs Bennett in Sue Pomeroy’s successful stage adaptation
- Carl Davis, Boht’s husband and celebrated composer who wrote the memorable music for the BBC series of Pride & Prejudice
- The Jane Austen Festival Grand Regency Costumed Promenade, Bath
- Jane Austen is loved and celebrated worldwide! Her appeal is international crossing boundaries of language and culture.
We have support from Chawton House Library and Jane Austen’s House Museum, we are in contact with Jane Austen Societies across the world and we are setting up interviews with contemporary women writers following in Jane Austen’s footsteps and celebrated actors who have starred in adaptations of her novels.
- The original manuscript of Sanditon, Jane Austen’s unfinished novel at King’s College, Cambridge and related interviews
- An interview with Rosemary Harden and exhibits at the Fashion Museum, Bath in November
- Interviews with major actors who have starred in screen adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels - exciting details to be announced
- 'She had dressed with more than usual care' exhibition of costumes from BBC's 1995 series of Pride and Prejudice at the Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton
- Selbourne Regency Ball at Gilbert Whites House in December
- 200th Anniversary special of Regency fireworks at Bentley Country Park
- 'The Jane Austen Story' exhibition at Winchester Cathedral, situated beside her grave
- Interviews with Jane Austen biographers and contemporary women writers
- Jane Austen’s birthday event on December 15th/16th at Bentley, East Sussex as above
- ‘Breakfast in Sydney Gardens’ (planned for 2014)
This is where you come in, because we need your help to achieve this! We’ve got to be there to capture these 200th anniversary events on film and without you on board we will not be able to do it. The development of any new initiative is challenging, as the funds fall into place, and we are no exception. We’ve poured our heart, soul and reserves into the film because it’s a labour of love. Now we need your help to move forward. These documented events and interviews will form the foundation of our full Documentary feature. You can help us make this film a reality by supporting our work at this crucial stage.
Remember: Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if we don't meet our goal we get nothing and your pledges won’t go through.
By the end of the year, with your help, we aim to have a wealth of wonderful film material and plan to make a special Love and Marriage - Jane Austen style short film (approx 60 mins) celebrating the events of this memorable bi-centenary, and including interviews filmed with some of you we've met along the way. This film will be available exclusively to our supporters in time for Christmas.
Our project has already attracted a highly experienced and talented team who will help us deliver a quality film:
The Production Team:
Fuschia Films Sue Pomeroy, will direct the "Jane Austen Productions" film, in association with Fuschia Films and Studio Soho. This will be the first of a series of film's about Jane's life, that are produced under the "Jane Austen Productions" brand, with the aim of creating a wonderful collection of stories and memories for audiences to enjoy for many years to come.
- Sue Pomeroy has an extensive career as a high profile director, in broadcast media and theatre working in the UK and internationally at the National Theatre, the Berliner Ensemble, the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon, Thames TV and BBC
- Nick Hamson, of Studio Soho is a very experienced producer with impressive credits on many high profile films, including 'Premonition' with Sandra Bullock, 'Shopgirl' with Steve Martin and 'Dreamer' with Dakota Fanning. Nick and Studio Soho have worked closely with Sue Pomeroy since the inception of this project and will be the Producer of the full length feature film documentary.
- Phil Taylor, Film Engine is our Executive Producer, with a slate of films including 'Run for your wife' with Danny Dyer, 'Long Weekend' with Jim Caviezel and Roman Polanski's 'Oliver Twist'
- Chris Wood of Fast Films is contributing his expertise on financial administration
The team for the 200th Anniversary Special, Love and Marriage - Jane Austen style :
- Richard Urbanski, experienced documentary feature film editor
- Martin McQuade, camera man who we’re sure would look good in a Regency outfit if only we could persuade him
- Sam Morgan Moore, camera man who did wear Regency costume the first time we worked with him. Thanks Sam!
- Kate Hanisch, Assistant to the Director and invaluable Girl Friday
- Jeffrey Driver, Designer, website developer, photographer and social media guru
- Joe Nixon, runs Arch Creative, Design Consultancy, Illustration
- Carlos Boellinger, an essential part of the edit team
- Stephanie Dawes brings her experience of working for ITV to our casting
Your support will not only enable us to produce these films, but deliver to everyone involved a wonderful and unique experience. As a supporter, you will be privy to a host of enviable items and experiences to tell your friends and Jane Austen fans about. (The only experience you will be spared is a proposal by the ever hopeful Mr Collins!)
We do hope you will want to be a part of this exciting adventure.
Your contribution will:
- Allow us to film these all important ‘once in two hundred years’ events (listed above)
- Output our quality marketing brochures to help raise the full funding package and to respond to interest from industry professionals
- Directly support our launch into full production for the feature and broadcast version of the film in 2014
- Help towards expenses for the crew and production team
- Pay for the initial editing, music composition and marketing of the Love and Marriage - Jane Austen style special film
- Bring the film to the attention of the networks, which we hope will make this an international success
- Enable us to continue interviewing top actors, composers and directors
Our goal is to broadcast the full length film on international television channels, to submit the feature into film festivals in 2014, as well as to have high profile screenings in major cities worldwide. Our supporters will have an inside view of the film as we move forward, and be first in line for releases and premieres. We do hope you’ll join us!
The full budget for our films is anticipated to be in the region of £225,000 to £250,000 and our overall key objectives are:
Phase 1 - Capture on film the events listed, including the all important 200th anniversary events - We require £10,500 to achieve this.
Phase 2 - Produce a 35 minute documentary of the 200th anniversary, having captured all the footage on film - We require £5,000 to achieve this.
Phase 3 - Film the drama element of a feature film documentary, with a highly experienced film crew and producers, using the footage created in phase 1 and 2, ready for a theatrical and DVD release with a high profile UK film distributor- We will require £200,000 to achieve this.
We would love to exceed our goal and move swiftly towards full production as below:
- Fuschia Films has already expended over £15,000 on the film and we could replenish the coffers and move forward with the film making as follows -
- Bring in our high profile cast
- Commission an original film score
- Bring together our full film team and crew
- Finalise costume and settings design
- Enter into location agreements in Bath, Lyme Regis, Chawton, Winchester and London
- Start filming the dramatised sequences which will bring the film to life
These are going to be fabulous films, giving special insights into Jane’s intimate feelings, her hopes and dreams, her unique voice. They will be moving, thought provoking and entertaining, reaching out to the widest audience. Please help us to make them.
You have the choice between two filming dates- December 14th 2013 or 26th April 2014. Upon the successful conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign, please specify on which date you wish to participate in filming.
As an extra you need to be over the age of 18 years old or if children are extras they will need to accompanied by a responsible adult. You will be required to bring your own Regency costume including shoes for the filming.
Prior to filming you will be asked to kindly provide a photo of yourself in your costume. (We will put out a 'call' for the photo as the campaign completes in November as part of our preparation for filming, so don't worry, you have some time - main thing is that we receive it before the shoot.) The Designer may wish to amend some elements of your costume for the filming. The Director has the right to refuse any unsuitable costume, but we are happy to work with you to create the right 'look'. If you do not have a costume at all this can be provided for an additional £200 (We will need measurements, a photo of you so we can match the colour of your hair and eyes and it would also involve a costume fitting.)
You will need to arrange your own travel and accommodation, however we can help provide a shortlist of places to stay and location maps. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch and we will provide light refreshments on set.
Fireworks at Bentley Country Park, Sussex:
While being filmed a Regency firework display is planned, while listening to music, and meeting many other Jane Austen and Regency fans in a stunning location.
‘Breakfast in Sydney Gardens’, Bath:
This shoot will involve lots of people like yourself dressed in Regency clothing, enjoying music, the beautiful park and a breakfast. This shoot will last most of the day in the beautiful spring. This event was a popular one in Jane Austen’s own time.
We can't guarantee you’ll show up in the final cut, but we will try our best. Participation in the film requires you to sign a ‘release form’. The Producers reserve the right to change the shoot dates if necessary.
For the Cannes perk, you’ll need to provide your own travel to and accommodation in Cannes and expenses during Cannes, but we can help you locate places to stay. You’ll be under our wing and part of the team, however you will need a budget for your own expenses
We will deliver the postcard upon successful completion of the project in November 2013.
We will aim to release the DVD, download and poster upon completion of that part of the project, in December 2013, in time for Christmas.
For perks that have a later completion date, we will still aim to deliver the DVD and poster in in time for Christmas 2013.
Overall we hope you enjoy your perks!
Risks and challenges
At this stage of the film we face the following risks;
*Some of the outdoor events are weather dependant, although so far we have always had fine days to accompany our outdoor filming! We will always try to have standby arrangements for an indoor shoot.
*The schedule could be delayed due to the bringing together of so many elements including live events, interviews and high quality filming with professional actors. We have been managing well so far, and the Production team has extensive experience of brining complex schedules and events together so we are confident that we can deliver this film.
We have terrific momentum building up behind this film and have already filmed a varied cross section of interviews and events, as well as planning the agreed schedule for the rest of this year. We are delighted to be receiving the support of a growing number of actors, composers, writers and all the key people who will be appearing in the film. We are on an unstoppable path to the filming and delivery of 'Jane Austen – Overcoming Pride & Prejudice' and believe the challenges we face will fully met by a great team, combining experience, professionalism and expertise. We also have a dedicated team who will be committed to delivering the perks and we will be keeping our supporters updated on our progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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