Persuasion

Persuasion (2007)

Persuasion (2007) Studio/Network: ITV/Grenada Television Ltd. co-production with WGBH Boston
Executive Producer: Murray Ferguson
Executive Producer for WGBH: Rebecca Eaton
Producer: David Snodin
Director: Adrian Shergold
Screenplay by: Simon Burke
Soundtrack: Not available
DVD: Available
Run Time: 1 hr. 32 mins.
PBS Masterpiece Theatre “The Complete Jane Austen” site

Persuasion (1995)

Persuasion (1995) Studio/Network: Sony Pictures Classics/BBC Films, WGBH/Mobil Masterpiece Theatre, Millesime Productions
Executive Producers: George Faber, Rebecca Eaton
Produced by: Fiona Finlay
Associate Producer: Margot Hayhoe
Director: Roger Michell
Screenplay by: Nick Dear
Soundtrack: Not available
DVD: Available
VHS: Available
Run Time: 1 hr. 44 mins.

Persuasion (1971)

Persuasion (1971) Studio/Network: Grenada Television Ltd.
Produced and Directed by: Howard Baker
Screenplay by: Julian Mitchell
Soundtrack: Not available
DVD: Available
VHS: Available
Run Time: 3 hrs. 45 mins.

For Your Consideration...

The Lake House (2006)

A remake of the Korean film Il Mare, The Lake House is a poignant time-travel story of chances lost and found. Sandra Bullock as Kate Forster and Keanu Reeves as Alex Wyler live in the same house, two years apart, and through a twist in time are able to leave one another letters in the house’s mailbox. Kate’s favorite novel, Persuasion, figures heavily in the film and the final scene is reminiscent of “the letter” scene in Persuasion.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

The novel by Helen Fielding, a sequel to Bridget Jones’s Diary, is an homage to Persuasion, but the story was changed significantly for the film. Screenwriter Andrew Davies (film adapter of several Austen novels) reports that his script included many references to Persuasion, but most did not make it to the screen.

Further Reading

Persuasion Moves to Chicago: Rewriting Austen’s Classic in The Lake House, by Marina Cano López

Austen Novels and Austen Films: Incompatible Worlds?, by Patrice Hannon