May 10th, 2007


Becoming Jane

Just before Christmas I became a volunteer at the theatre/cinema at our nearest small town. It's an attractive Arts & Crafts inspired building opened in 1914 seating 350. It was given by a local benefactor who sadly didn't leave any money to run it. They rely on volunteers to do ushering, sweets and bar sales.
They show recent films twice a month and I thought it was a good way to see films for free and get a free glass of wine. So far I have ushered Miss Potter, sold sweets for a kids magic show and done the bar for two local am-drams. Last night they showed Becoming Jane

I love the fact that they have an intermission when you can go and have a drink or buy ices, just like the old days. I did the bar which means slipping out ten minutes before intermission to set up the pre-ordered drinks. That meant missing a bit of the film but quite honestly I don't think it would have made any difference.

The producers are eager to point out that the film isn't a bio-pic but if you are going to make a film about a real person I think there's got to be a basis in truth. They had Jane Austen eloping with a young man, watching him at a boxing match and some snogging all based on the fact that she exchanged some letters with this particular man.

I had a lot of problems with the continuity too. It appeared to have been mainly filmed in the Winter and yet although the trees were bare the bushes seemed very green, cricket and skinny dipping took place against bare trees. And late in the film Jane appeared under a freshly green chestnut tree (April/May) and yet days later went to church with the bleak trees again!! Undoubtedly if the film had been better, I probably wouldn't have noticed. Oh well just glad I didn't pay to see it!
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