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Becoming Jane: Julian Jarrold interview

Becoming Jane: Julian Jarrold interview

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The director of Becoming Janes talks about the making of his costume drama in Ireland.

The director of Becoming Janes talks about the making of his costume drama in Ireland.

Becoming Jane brings together two of the hottest properties on British screens: actor James McAvoy and writer Jane Austen. McAvoy plays Irishman Tom Lefroy, a charming chancer who (allegedly) stole the heart of a young Jane Austen in turn-of-the-18th-century Hampshire. Austen, of course, is enjoying a screen renaissance thanks to Joe Wright's 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice and numerous upcoming adaptations of her other works.

Becoming Jane stars American actor Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada) in the title role, and is director Julian Jarrold's second movie. It's a long way from his debut feature, Kinky Boots, which saw Chiwetel Ejiofor playing a drag queen who inspires a new line of bootwear in provincial Northampton.

No pain, no Jane? Anne Hathaway in Becoming Jane.

No pain, no Jane? Anne Hathaway in Becoming Jane.

If Kinky Boots played like a mildly fetishised Ealing Comedy, Becoming Jane is more traditional of Jarrold's TV work, which includes adaptations of Crime And Punishment and Great Expectations. He'll stay in the past for his third feature, an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited with Ben Whishaw and Matthew Goode.

In the video Julian talks about making Becoming Jane and the challenges of shooting the costume drama in Ireland.

Becoming Jane is released in UK cinemas on Friday 9th March 2007.

Adrian Hennigan | Published 08 March 07

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