Welcome to a surprise meeting of the Risky Regencies JANE AUSTEN MOVIE CLUB!

(Janet, I hope you feel better soon!!!)

Today we’re discussing the new movie THE DUCHESS.

Based on the Amanda Foreman biography of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, who lived from 1757 – 1806, THE DUCHESS tells her story from just before her marriage until several years in.

The movie is visually sumptuous, as these pictures show. (By the way, if you want to see any of the pictures bigger, you can just click on them!)

Here’s some useful background info on the movie itself:


SCREENPLAY: Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas Jensen, and Saul Dibb

Jeffrey Hatcher, by the way, wrote the play and screenplay for the Restoration theatre drama STAGE BEAUTY, and co-wrote the screenplay for the Heath Ledger CASANOVA.


Keira Knightley: Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire

Knightley, of course, played Lizzy Bennet in the recent film of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

Ralph Fiennes: Duke of Devonshire

Charlotte Rampling: Lady Spencer

Dominic Cooper: Charles Grey

Cooper played Willoughby in the most recent TV version of SENSE & SENSIBILITY.

Hayley Atwell : Bess Foster

Atwell played Mary Crawford in the recent TV attempt at MANSFIELD PARK.

Simon McBurney: Charles Fox

Aidan McArdle: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

So…have you seen it?

If so, what did you think?

How did you like the script, the casting, the performances?

What did you think of the costumes and the stately homes?

All answers welcome!

Cara King, who wouldn’t mind living in Somerset House herself