Hello Classic Enthusiasts- We are reading Northanger Abbey for the month of December and I am excited to announce we will also be watching the film! Please read all details carefully so you understand what is involved and why I am charging a fee (some of which is refundable). The event will take place at my apartment complex called the Uptown in the theater room which can be reserved for twenty guests.
Why am I charging a fee for this event?
The Uptown Apartments require a $250 deposit in order to rent the room in addition to a $20 fee. Therefore I am asking everyone to pay a $14 RSVP fee of which $6 is completely REFUNDABLE if you show up or cancel 36 hours before the event. The $8 fee per person will be used to offset the $20 fee to rent the theater AND I will be providing snacks and some beverages (water, wine, etc.). Any remaining dollars will go into a kitty for future events and I will re-adjust the RSVP fee as needed.
I will be sending additional details as we get closer to the date for those of you who will be attending. Please let me know if you have any questions! Carissa
Northanger Abbey is a 2007 television film adaptation of Jane Austen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Austen)'s eponymous novel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northanger_Abbey). It was directed by British television director Jon Jones (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Jones_(director)) and the screenplay was written by Andrew Davies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Davies_(writer)). Felicity Jones (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felicity_Jones) stars as the protagonist Catherine Morland and J. J. Feild (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._J._Feild) plays her love interest Henry Tilney. The plot sees Catherine invited to Bath (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath,_Somerset) by some family friends. There she finds herself the object of Henry Tilney and John Thorpe's (William Beck (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Beck_(actor))) affections. When she is asked to stay at Northanger Abbey, Catherine's imagination takes hold and she starts to confuse real life with Gothic romance.
Northanger Abbey was one of three novels adapted for ITV (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITV)'s Jane Austen season (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jane_Austen_Season). It was shot on location in Ireland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Ireland) from late August 2006 on a budget of £2 million. The drama was co-produced by Granada Productions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granada_Productions) and American (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States) studio WGBH Boston (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WGBH-TV). Northanger Abbey premiered on 25 March 2007 in the United Kingdom and on 16 December 2007 in Canada. It was broadcast in the United States and Australia in 2008. The drama was viewed by 5.6 million people in the UK, making it the second most watched of the 2007 adaptations. Northanger Abbey garnered mostly positive reviews from television critics, with many praising the cast's performances.
Upon its first broadcast in the United Kingdom, Northanger Abbey was viewed by 5.6 million people and had a 26.6% audience share. This made it the second most popular of the adaptations, behind Mansfield Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansfield_Park_(2007_TV_drama)). 931,000 Australians watched the drama when it aired on ABC1 in June 2008. Northanger Abbey garnered mostly positive reviews from critics. Shortly before it aired in the UK, reporters for four newspaper publications selected the drama as their "Pick of the Day." Jade Wright of the Liverpool Echo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liverpool_Echo) thought the adaptation had showed "a good-natured and frank Catherine", with Jones managing to "combine humility and humour with perfect aplomb." Wright praised the decision to cast Mulligan and said the actress "shone" as Isabella. A The Guardian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Guardian) reporter included Northanger Abbey in their feature on the week's television highlights, saying "Yes, yes, more Austin, but Andrew Davies' adaptation of one of her lighter novels is the perfect Sunday evening blend of eruditeness and pretty frocks."