Contact the Bridport News with your stories, pictures and video footage. Send us an email
Documentary to focus on classic novel
LYME REGIS residents are being offered the chance to play a role in a documentary film about the life and times of Jane Austen which will be partially filmed in the town.
The film, called Overcoming Pride and Prejudice, will mark the 200th anniversary of Austen’s famous novel Pride and Prejudice and will navigate its way through Austen’s life.
A star-studded cast is being lined up to act in the film and during the filming in Lyme Regis, the main focus will be on her famous novel Persuasion which was set in Austen’s beloved Lyme.
Now, Fuschia Films, which is behind the project, is looking at ways to contribute to the budget of the film and increase the involvement of Austen enthusiasts.
They have launched a fundraising campaign through Kickstarter, a website which allows members of the public to contribute to the cost of filming.
There are rewards for everyone who pledges money, ranging from cards to DVDs, allowing those who pledge a piece of memorabilia to mark their contribution.
It will also allow people to be able to “buy” themselves a role as an extra in the film and an extra in the Lyme Regis filming, by pledging £250 or more.
The docu-film will see episodes of her life and parts of her novels reconstructed by actors, and then interviews with academics and former actresses who played the regency novelist.
Sue Pomeroy, directing the film, said she was first hooked by Jane Austen and her novels after adapting one of her novels into a play in 1995, and couldn’t wait to start filming in the town.
She said: “I love Lyme Regis. My family and I lived in Bristol as I was growing up so I have been to Lyme many times.
“I got to know and love Lyme Regis over the years, and of course Jane Austen also set her novel Persuasion on the Cobb in Lyme Regis.
“Jane Austen loved the sea and I thought to myself ‘I love Lyme Regis, I know it quite well, I would enjoy setting it there.’ “We are thrilled we will be able to film on the Cobb, such an important part of Persuasion.
“The main idea is that we get deeper into the stories and develop a better understanding of Jane Austen and her life than most people have.”
For more information on the upcoming film and the Kickstarter initiative visit goo.gl/ie74Ds