Have you ever read Rudyard Kipling’s unusual short story The Janeites? It is easy to find on-line and is fascinating. Kipling was intrigued by secret societies and closed groups, and this tale is about a group of Cockney soldiers fighting in World War I. They share a love of Jane Austen’s novels and her characters, and use her books as terms of reference – for example, a gun that goes off with a loud noise, but not much effect, is called Lady Catherine de Bugg.
I was recently contacted by a film director who is planning to make a short film of this story, the first ever made. I have read the script which is fabulous and I think it should be a most interesting film. It will be filmed in Australia – trenches will need to be created and gum trees left out of sight – and it will hopefully create greater interest in Kipling and his work. The project is being crowd-funded. If you are interested in further detail and in helping to finance this very worthwhile project, visit indiegogo.com.
And on the subject of new films, I’ve just heard that Netflix is making a new film version of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. It stars Lily James and Armie Hammer, with a script by Jane Goldman who wrote Woman in Black. There is an old black and white film with Joan Fontaine and Laurence Oliver (who evidently couldn’t stand each other), and 2 TV film versions, so this will be a 4th screen version of the famous 1938 novel. “Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again…” to get excited over once again. You could consider coming along to my talk about Rebecca at Waverley Library in September or purchasing my Literary Reader’s Guide to Rebecca.
Do you think The Janeites is a worthwhile project for crowd-funding? When was the last time you saw a movie adaptation of Rebecca? Tell me in a comment below.
Susannah Fullerton – Rudyard Kipling: Novelist and Poet of Empire
Susannah Fullerton – The Kipling Suite
Susannah Fullerton – Lest We Forget
Susannah Fullerton – Reader’s Guide: Daphne Du Maurier & Rebecca
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