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Sense and Sensibility at Sudley House

3 August 2011 by Alison Cornmell

There’s nothing better than snuggling down to watch a film. Normally I do it on a rainy Sunday, with just a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate for company. However I am excited to hear that this Friday 5 August from 1 – 3.30pmSense and Sensibility starring Emma Thompson will be screened at Sudley House.

Sense and Sensibility was Jane Austen’s first novel and was published 200 years ago this year. The screening of the 1995 adaptation, directed by Ang Lee, will celebrate this anniversary but also the current exhibition at Sudley House, Costume Drama: Fashion from 1790 – 1850.

The exhibition displays examples of fashionable dress from Jane Austen’s era. What better way to watch a screen adaptation of a Jane Austen novel than to be in the company of dresses from her time!

There will be screenings of the film for the duration of the exhibition, so if you can’t come on Friday it will screened on, Sunday 13 November 2011 and Friday 2 March 2012 from 1- 3.30pm.

There will also be screenings with subtitles on Sunday 25 September 2011, Friday 13 January 2012 and Friday 20 April 2012 from 1-3.30pm.

A mannequin wears a cream dress with gold detailing

Woman’s gold and white figured silk evening dress with a train, dating from 1815-20.

  1. Rachael Joss says:

    I’ve just come back from seeing Sense and Sensibility at Sudley House. I’m ashamed to say it was my first time both at Sudley House and seeing the Ang Lee film and I thoroughly enjoyed both experiences! The tea and scone I enjoyed in the glorious sunshine during the "intermission" was an added bonus! The lady who showed the film asked for feedback so here goes: I fully appreciate that money and logistics are important issues, but it would have been even better to see the film on a bigger screen and in slightly comfier surroundings, maybe even amongst some of the exhibits from the "Costume Drama" exhibition, or in one of the main rooms of the house, rather than tucked away on the top floor? This may not be a very realistic request, but you may be able to stretch to some comfier chairs! Having said this I think it’s a wonderful idea and I would certainly come again! Thank you!

  2. Linda says:

    Many thanks for taking time to give us your feedback Rachael. It is really useful to have your and other comments to inform our future planning.

    It was wonderful to host the first screening of Sense and Sensibility last week and it was great to hear that visitors want to see films at Sudley House that compliment our exhibitions programme.

    Efforts are being made to improve the provision for film screenings; however, it may not be possible to do as much as we’d like in the current climate…

    There are other screenings of the film planned for later in the year and details are available on our website.

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