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Issue: Autumn 2007

Becoming Jane movie review

Life History Rewritten

"A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can." - Jane Austen

Jane Austen wrote a handful of books about the British middle class of her time; books that have become an integral part of the British culture. Her own life, like that of her heroines, was trammelled by the restrictions on female behaviour. If someone walked in on her, she would hide her scribblings from view like a guilty secret.

Becoming Jane denies the importance of Jane Austen. By misrepresenting her experiences and denying the prejudices that she quietly struggled against, Becoming Jane strips Austen of any heroism.

Movie poster, Becoming Jane; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Becoming Jane; Festivale film review

The history of women in European society is a shameful one, and all the finger-pointing at other societies will no obscure the continuing pressures to prevent women from 'competing against men'. The great sin.

Films such as this one have their own shame, by presenting a false view of what women surmounted, they attack the history of women and denigrate the gains that some women died for.

An opportunistic, disrespectful and damaging film.

There are three modern types of lies: Lies, Damned Lies and Biopics.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 29 March 2007
For credits and official site details, see below
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See also: Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Bride and Prejudice (2004)
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Bridget Jones' Diary
Jane Austen Book Club

Just the facts:

Title: Becoming Jane(2007)
Written by: Kevin Hood, Sarah Williams
Directed by: Julian Jarrold
running time: 120 mins

The Players: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith, Ian Richardson,

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