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Movies Showing March 2011: Jane Eyre

Film Title: Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre
Film Type: Drama, Romance

Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre
Michael Fassbender as Edward Rochester
Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers
Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax
Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Reed
Imogen Poots as Blanche Ingram
Holliday Grainger as Diana Rivers
Tamzin Merchant as Mary Rivers
Jayne Wisener as Bessie Lee
Romy Settbon Moore as Adele
Amelia Clarkson as Young Jane Eyre
Freya Parks as Helen Burns
Rosie Cavaliero as Grace Poole
Harry Lloyd as Richard Mason
Craig Roberts as John Reed

Cary Fukunaga

Charlotte Brontë (novel), Moira Buffini (screenplay)

Alison Owen
Paul Trijbits

Jane Eyre, is a famous and influential novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. The film goes through five distinct stages: Jane's childhood at Gateshead, where she is emotionally and physically abused by her aunt and cousins; her education at Lowood School, where she acquires friends and role models but also suffers privations; her time as the governess of Thornfield Hall, where she falls in love with her Byronic employer, Edward Rochester; her time with the Rivers family at Marsh's End (or Moor House) and Morton, where her cold clergyman-cousin St John Rivers proposes to her; and her reunion with and marriage to her beloved Rochester. Partly autobiographical, the novel abounds with social criticism. It is a novel considered ahead of its time. In spite of the dark, brooding elements, it has a strong sense of right and wrong, of morality at its core.

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Another much awaited film from Mia Wasikowska, (who was known Alice in Tim Burton's film "Alice in wonderland"). Mia is such an excellent actress. Some of her previous films were, "Robin Hood" were he co-star Russel Crowe, and film Defiance with Daniel Craig and Jaime Bell. Mia and Jaime Bell are once again cast in the same film. Jaime Bell will play the role of St. John Rivers.

Jane Eyre film will be the biggest film Cary Fukunaga ever directed, who is known to direct short film before. Mr Fukunaga is an excellent short film director with awards from U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2009, Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Director for Sin Nombre.

The novel Jane Eyre had been adapted in movies and TV series before. Films with the same title in 1934 (directed by Christy Cabanne), 1944, 1970 (directed by Delbert Mann), and 1996. And TV series in 1973, 1983, 1997, and 2006.

  • The film is a co-production between BBC Films, Focus Features and Ruby Films. The script by Moira Buffini appeared on the 2008 Brit List, a film-industry-compiled list of the best unproduced screenplays in British film. The adaptation is expected to stick closely to the book. However, the character of Blanche Ingram is less conniving than in the novel.
  • In November 2009 it was revealed that Mia Wasikowska would star as the title character and Michael Fassbender as Edward Rochester. Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, Imogen Poots, Holliday Grainger and Tamzin Merchant also joined the cast.
  • In October 2009, it was announced that Cary Fukunaga would direct the adaptation. The adaptation will play up the Gothic elements of the classic novel. Fukunaga stated, "I’ve spent a lot of time rereading the book and trying to feel out what Charlotte Brontë was feeling when she was writing it. That sort of spookiness that plagues the entire story... there’s been something like 24 adaptations, and it’s very rare that you see those sorts of darker sides. They treat it like it’s just a period romance, and I think it’s much more than that."
  • Principal photography began on March 22, 2010 and concluded in mid-May. Filming locations include London and various locations in Derbyshire, including Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Derbyshire Dales, Froggatt, and Fox House. The score is composed by Academy Award-winner Dario Marianelli.


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