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Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:36 pm
by Nancy
But this was a big theater!
With only 8 people in it, but Austenland had more than Woody Allen's movie.

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:25 am
by Venus
Yes, the cinema we went to is quite a big, high-profile cinema with typically large screens but Austenland was screened in a small room. Perhaps the smallest screening room I've been in but it was nice. :) And there were laughs from others who were there too.

Loved JJ Feild's Hobbit line too! He's said in interviews that he improvised that line :)

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:05 pm
by Venus
Bret on Austenland:
The most imminent piece of McKenzie's work that Kiwis can see is his role in Austenland, an off-beat addition to the oeuvre of film-maker Jerusha Hess, who co-wrote and directed Napoleon Dynamite and Gentlemen Broncos with her husband, Jared. It tells the tale of an American woman obsessed with the works of Jane Austen, who goes to a boutique Austen-themed fantasy getaway weekend, where she intends to have a romantic encounter with a Mr Darcy type.

"It's my rom-com debut," he says. "I don't know if I'll get to do another one but it's a really fun, kooky rom-com, one of the most kooky you're ever likely to see. It hasn't done great with the critics, but I think they were expecting something more literary, and instead it's really this kind of hilarious romp. It's about crazy fandom and it's a very broad comedy."

"The servants around the grounds, for example, the guards and butlers, they're all very well-endowed, with socks down their lederhosen, or whatever they're called, breeches, pantaloons. But it's hilarious, they look sort of like porn-star judges. And Jennifer Coolidge, who is always brilliant, is just wildly out of control, which was great to watch."

Full interview

Austenland is out in NZ on October 17.

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:06 pm
by Venus
Looks like Austenland is screening at the British Film Festival in various places around Australia in Nov/Dec so here's the info in case you can make it to a screening, gibbs. :)

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:13 pm
by Great H
It's just about to open here in NZ - I saw an advance screening the other night...
LOVED it!!!
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:19 pm
by gibbsrus
Just when I had almost lost all hope..... hanging in there still :D

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:05 pm
by Venus
Glad you enjoyed Austenland, H! You don't have to be a huge Austen fan to enjoy the film. Hope it's going down well in NZ. :)

TVNZ interview with Bret and other members of the Austenland cast

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:43 pm
by LauraK
I suck. Missed it in the short time it played here. :/ I'm sure I'll see it on DVD...

Happy for everyone who saw it on a big screen!

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:32 pm
by Venus
The DVD/Blu-Ray is due to be released on Feb 11th 2014! It's available for pre-order on Amazon here. :)

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:07 am
by Nancy
Oh how nice to have it in my movie library so I can play scenes over and over, and over, and over, and over, and over... :drool:

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:08 pm
by gibbsrus
Just checked online..... Austenland WILL still be at the cinema (the ONLY cinema) showing it in Sydney when we are there next week!!! I am SOOOOOO excited!!!!! :D

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:09 pm
by Nancy
Yay, gibbs!!! :yay: :biggrin: :bounce: :whitey:

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:25 pm
by gibbsrus
Printed the tickets, just in case, so they can't say 'it's not showing anymore'!! :) I hate to say it, but I think I am more excited about seeing the movie than the Lion King!!! :P I got to see the Lion King during it's opening year on Broadway, but it is amazing, but Bret, BIG Bret on BIG screen????? :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:25 pm
by Nancy
Ah yes, gibbs, I remember thinking the same thing as I was watching it!!! :P

Re: Bret to star in "Austenland"

Posted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:35 am
by Great H
Let us know what you think Gibbs! :D