Taglines: A lady never reveals her tactics.
Set in the 1790s, the widowed Lady Susan Vernon seeks refuge with her in-laws as rumors about her private life circulate through society. While staying at the estate, Lady Susan decides to find herself and her daughter, Frederica, a husband.
The promotional announcement by Little, Brown and Company for the novelization supplemented the summary to Stillman’s adaptation stating; “Recently widowed, Lady Susan arrives, unannounced, at her brother-in-law’s estate to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. While there, she becomes determined to secure a new husband for herself, and one for her reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica, too.
As Lady Susan embarks on a controversial relationship with a married man, seduction, deception, broken hearts, and gossip all ensue. With a pitch-perfect Austenian sensibility, Stillman breathes new life into Austen’s work, making it his own by adding original narration from a character comically loyal to the story’s fiendishly manipulative heroine, Lady Susan.”
Love & Friendship is a romantic comedy film written and directed by Whit Stillman. It is based on Jane Austen’s epistolary novel Lady Susan first published in 1871. The film stars Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry. It centres on Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale), who seeks refuge at her in-laws estate while rumors about her private life circulate through society.
Lady Susan then decides to find a husband for both herself and her daughter. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016. It is scheduled to be released on May 13, 2016, by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios. Although it is adapted from Austen’s novel Lady Susan, the film has been produced under the borrowed title of her juvenile story Love and Friendship.
Love & Friendship
Directed by: Whit Stillman
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Justin Edwards, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave
Screenplay by: Whit Stillman
Production Design by: Anna Rackard
Cinematography by: Richard Van Oosterhout
Film Editing by: Sophie Corra
Costume Design by: Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh
Art Direction by: Louise Mathews
Music by: Benjamin Esdraffo
MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic elements.
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Release Date: May 13, 2016