Although adapted from Lady Susan, the film was produced under the borrowed title of Austen's juvenile story Love and Freindship [sic].
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016.
Stephen Fry pops up in what amounts to a one-scene cameo, and he's wickedly funny.
Chloë Sevigny is great as his wife, Susan's American friend who finds herself constantly dealing with the protagonist's latest schemes.
For example, upon arrival at Churchill, he explains that he struggled to find the estate as he had been looking for "church hill", a church and/or a hill.
Are you potential lovers, or just the best of friends?After being unceremoniously turned out of the Manwaring estate due to her dalliance with the married Lord Manwaring (pronounced "Mannering"), she and her widowed companion Mrs.Cross head to Churchill, the country home of her brother-in-law, Charles Vernon and his wife, Catherine Vernon (née De Courcy).Lady Susan makes use of her many charms to convince everyone that a new plan is best for all parties.When the very wealthy and hapless Sir James visits Lady Susan in London, she convinces him that they are a match made in heaven, and that he should abandon his proposal to her daughter Frederica, and marry her, the mother, instead.
The director also said he met with two other actors for the part of Sir James Martin, before Bennett was cast in the role.