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Senior Citizen Kane: Emma

Autumn de Wilde

You would be forgiven for wondering if the world really needs another screen adaptation of a Jane Austen novel. There are faithful ones which are absolutely faultless (1995 brought us both the BBC series of Pride and Prejudice and Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility for instance) and re-interpretations that have confidently taken her work into new genres including murder mystery and even zombie horror.

"Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals..." 

This remake of Emma, however, is filled with promise – not least because it is the feature film debut of stylish fashion photographer Autumn de Wilde and has a script penned by Man Booker Prize winning novelist Eleanor Catton (The Luminaries). In the titular role is Anya Taylor-Joy, who proved an enigmatic presence in the television adaptation of The Miniaturist. She is joined by Johnny Flynn (Beast) as the honourable Mr Knightley and Josh O’Connor (God's Own Country) as the social climbing Mr Elton. Mia Goth plays the guileless Harriet Smith, with none other than Bill Nighy appearing as Emma’s father Mr Woodhouse.

Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps, ultimately to realise the love that has been there all along.