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She's a rebel: Autumn de Wilde and Anya Taylor-Joy on Austen's Emma

Posted On: 14 Feb 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

Jane Austen famously introduces Emma Woodhouse as “a heroine whom no one but myself will much like”. Yet more than two centuries later, we are still finding more to explore - and, whisper it, more to love and admire - in one of Austen's great literary heroines.
Why? Because she's a rebel. She's the smartest person in almost every room, and, like Austen herself, refuses to conform to society's restrictive norms, instead bending the world to her will and choosing whether to love or not on her own terms.
This new adaptation has Autumn de Wilde, better known as a rock photographer, in the director's chair. With Eleanor Catton - bestselling author of The Luminaries - as screenwriter, it's the first time (Amy Heckerling's modernised version for Clueless notwithstanding) that Austen's story of a wealthy young woman using her smarts to matchmake has been made for cinema by an all-female creative team.
We caught up with the director plus Emma's young stars to deconstruct an audacious
Austen adaptation.
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