'Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like' – Jane Austen.
Celebrate the enduring wit of Jane Austen with a day of Austen film adaptations.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, yet her timeless masterpieces continue to enchant generations of devoted readers.
Please note: there will be a 30-minute interval at 1.15pm, between Sense and sensibility and Pride and prejudice.
Sense and sensibility
1995, rated PG.
Enjoy the Academy Award-winning screenplay by Emma Thompson of Jane Austen’s 1811 novel.
Mrs Dashwood and her daughters are left with almost nothing after Mr Dashwood's death. The Dashwood sisters – sensible Elinor and the more romantically inclined Marianne – support one another through death, hardship, love and friendship.
Starring Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant. Directed by Ang Lee.
Pride and prejudice
2005, rated PG.
Watch the first feature film adaptation in 65 years of Jane Austen’s 1813 comedy of manners.
When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever.
Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland. Directed by Joe Wright.
Rare Book Week
This free event is presented in partnership with the Australian Book Design Association as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week (30 June – 9 July), celebrating books, the printed word and literary heritage.