California, Southwest Region
Visualizing Pride and Prejudice in Orange County
April 26-27, 2013

Andrew Davies
Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies, the second most-adored man by Jane Austen fans, agreed to travel from England to Orange, California to headline JASNA-Southwest Region’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.  Mr. Davies, admired for his screenplay for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice BBC miniseries, is scheduled to host a screening and to lecture during the April 26-27 2013 gala.

Chapman University, a four-year independent college and graduate school, is providing the venue for the event, which was organized by Dr. Lynda Hall.  Rand Boyd, Special Collections and Archives Librarian at Chapman, plans to discuss the library’s special display of Austen-related materials, which includes the first American edition of Sense and Sensibility, published in 1833 by Carey & Lea of Philadelphia in two volumes, uncut and untrimmed in original quarter bound brown calf.

Pamela Ezell, Senior Producer and Director of Panther Productions, the department of digital and broadcast media at Chapman, will share her insights on the unique production choices made by the creators of a number of other film adaptations, from the Greer Garson/Laurence Olivier 1940 version to the recent, and much maligned, Keira Knightley/ Matthew Macfadyen vehicle.

Mr. Davies’s lecture topic is the art of screen adaptation with special reference to the making of the BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries, and his other Austen projects, Emma (1996), Northanger Abbey (2007), Sense and Sensibility (2008), as well as Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).

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—Jaye Scholl Bolen