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Sanditon Stars Oscar Nominee Charlotte Rampling

Wednesday, 10th February 2016

Goldcrest Films has concluded a deal to  sell, finance and distribute a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s final novel Sanditon –  a quick witted, delightful comedy from the most acclaimed British novelist of all time, author of literary and box office successes including Sense & Sensibility, Emma and Pride & Prejudice. 

Sanditon is Austen’s last novel, begun in the final months of her life and it has never before been dramatised. It is in equal parts a coruscating satire and romantic comedy. It will be directed by

Jim O’Hanlon (currently in post on A Hundred Streets Starring Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton and Director of the much acclaimed BBC series of Jane Austen’s Emma). 

Goldcrest will launch the film to distributors at the forthcoming European Film Market. Production is anticipated to begin in Summer 2016 in the UK and casting is underway. 

Charlotte Rampling’s extraordinary portfolio of work is testament to a lifetime at the head of her profession. From her breakout role as Meredith in Georgie Girl toher current Academy Award nomination for Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, Charlotte has collaborated with ahost of luminaries behind the camera:Francois Ozon, Saul Dibb, Woody Allen, Sidney Lumet, Alan Parker, Lars Von Trier, Tony Scott, Bille August, Norman Jewison and in front of it from Paul Newman, James Mason, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Mitchum, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford to Brad Pitt and Carey Mulligan.

When Charlotte Heywood is invited by eternal optimist and entrepreneur Tom Parker to spend the summer season at Sanditon she accepts immediately, intrigued to see (not so) polite society at play in the newly fashionable sea bathing resort. Here she meets a host of classic Austen characters from the imperious nouveau-riche Lady Denham (Rampling) to her impoverished ward Clara, and from the lecherous Sir Edward, to the dashing, feckless Sidney Parker and his hypochondriac sisters. 

Like all Austen heroines, Charlotte watches the comings and goings of this self-indulgent world with increasing incredulity; her common sense and morality mean she cannot help observing around her both folly and romance in many guises. But can she herself resist the attractions of the heart? 

Jane Austen died in July, 1817 having written the first eleven chapters of Sanditon. The unfinished manuscript was bequeathed to her niece. In the 1970’s author Marie Dobbs was living in Moscow as a diplomat’s wife. Looking for a subject unlikely to attract the KGB, she turned her attention to the completion of a classic novel and Sanditon was published in 1975. 

Written for the screen by leading British playwright Simon Reade Sanditon is produced by Reade and Guy de Beaujeu for Fluidity Films (Private Peaceful from War Horse author Michael Morpurgo). Goldcrest’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove will serve as Executive Producers. 

Pascal Degove, Managing Director Goldcrest Films commented: “Charlotte Rampling is responsible for so many indelible performances, she is perfect for the crucial role of the scheming Lady Denham. This is a genuinely fresh take on a well-loved genre – we expect enormous excitement from cinemagoers and distributors alike.” 

Simon Reade and Guy de Beaujeu, Fluidity Films continued:  “This is a brand new, never before seen Jane Austen. Her legions of fans worldwide will be thrilled with Sanditon’s romance, comedy, sardonic wit and its clever take on the modern obsessions of health and wealth that is quintessentially Jane Austen.


“We’re very excited to be working with Goldcrest on a project that sits perfectly in the company’s pantheon of British classics.”