Emma Thompson’s first feature screenplay charmed the world twenty years ago. After writing seventeen drafts, most of those completed by hand, she created one of the most beloved adaptations of one of the most beloved novels, and won international awards for doing so.
There will be a short introduction by Writer Samantha Ellis on Emma Thompson’s adaptation of the original novel for the screen.
Sunday 22 November, 8:30pm. Running time 131 minutes.
Hackney Picturehouse: Screen 4, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE
Tickets: £12 / £11 concessions / £6 child
Known as an actress of skill, variety and fearlessness, Emma Thompson’s work as a screenwriter is less discussed, despite her status and expertise. Sense and Sensibility, together with Nanny McPhee and last year’s Effie Gray demonstrate her compelling evocation of women, foregrounding nuanced, strong-willed and honest characters who have a directness and warmth that is irresistible.
Recently Emma Thompson has spoken passionately about the need for increased equity in the film industry between men and women. She has remarked on the sexism she and her peers experience, and is proudly feminist in her stance, bravely standing up to international organisations for her beliefs. These profoundly important views resonate through all her work, and are present in the timeless characterisations she brings to the screen through her writing.
In celebration of a writer who uses her eloquence to reaches across genres, times and audiences to convey essential truths and relate stories as beautifully as can be imagined, we are delighted to present this special 20th Anniversary screening of Sense & Sensibility.
Director: Ang Lee
Screenwriter: Emma Thompson
Producer: Lindsay Doran
Co-Producers: Laurie Borg, James Schamus
Marianne Dashwood: Kate Winslet
Elinor Dashwood: Emma Thompson
Edward Ferrars: Hugh Grant
Colonel Brandon: Alan Rickman
Underwire’s Features Programme is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.