Love & Friendship

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Ireland | 2016 | 94 minutes | Whit Stillman

Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) delivers a marvelously witty take on Jane Austen's novella about cunning widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who plots and flirts to find suitable husbands for herself and her daughter.

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My dearest Alicia,               

I write to inform you I have lately quit Steventon, my Acquaintance with the two Miss Austens having become intolerable—in particular the younger, Jane, a girl of most tiresome and repellent Wit, who, tho' but 19, already fancies herself an Authoress and whose over-familiar manner is shewn in her insufferable scheme to cast me as the Heroine of a Novella, too ill-bred to render even the common Courtesy of disguising my name and Character. Coarseness and impertinence, I call it, tho' no doubt she beleives it to be Candour. Upon further inquiry I have discovered that this most lamentable product of a slanderous Pen is lately adapted into a Motion Picture by Whit Stillman, an elderly gentleman of respectable birth. In this production I am portrayed by a Miss Beckinsale, whose fine figure and glowing Complexion I admit almost equal to my own, but whose unscrupulous and grasping Nature I found most provoking. (It is my earnest hope, my dear Alicia, that you will not take it amiss that your role as my confidante is performed by an American, Miss Sevigny.) More regrettable still is that unlike the Austen girl, Mr. Stillman did not chuse to use my name as the title of his Picture; the notoriety thus afforded might have proven advantageous.

Yours &c.
Lady Susan

Director Biography

Whit Stillman is a writer, producer, and director who made his feature-film debut in 1990 with the highly-acclaimed Metropolitan, which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards and won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Stillman went on to direct Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco, and Damsels in Distress. Love & Friendship is his fifth feature-length film. 

Sponsored by Ste Michelle Wine Estates, CTI BioPharma 

  • Director: Whit Stillman
  • Principal Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Tom Bennett
  • Country: Ireland, France, Netherlands
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Katie Holly, Whit Stillman, Lauranne Bourrachot
  • Screenplay: Whit Stillman
  • Cinematographers: Richard Van Oosterhout
  • Editors: Sophie Corra
  • Music: Benjamin Esdraffo
  • Filmography: Damsels in Distress (2011); The Last Days of Disco (1998); Barcelona (1994); Metropolitan (1990)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Roadside Attractions, Amazon Studios
  • International Sales: Cinetic Media