Running Time: 90 min
A classic adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s most admired novels.
At the age of nineteen, Anne Elliot fell deeply in love with handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth. But with neither fortune nor rank to recommend him, Anne’s family were against the match and persuaded her to break off the engagement. Now twenty-seven, Anne has lived to regret her decision. She has never stopped loving Wentworth, and when he returns from sea having made his fortune and reputation, she can only watch as every eligible young woman in the district falls at his feet. Has he forgotten the girl he left behind? And can he forgive her for listening to her family instead of her heart?
Starring - Sally Hawkins, Rupert Penry-Jones, Anthony Head, Julia Davies and Alice Krige.
Written by - Simon Burke.
Directed by - Adrian Shergold.
Produced by - David Snodin.
Executive Producer - Murray Ferguson.
A Clerkenwell Films production for ITV1.
Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival
Best Actress in Drama 2007 (Sally Hawkins) – Winner
Best Actress 2007 (Sally Hawkins) – Winner
BAFTA Craft Awards
Best Director 2008 (Adrian Shergold) – Nominated
Prix Italia Awards
Best Drama 2007 – Nominated
Rupert Penry-Jones is excellent as the jilted naval officer Captain Wentworth, while Julia Davies and Anthony Head offer wonderfully catty and supercilious support, but Sally Hawkins is simply stunning. She brings Austen’s least characteristic heroine to full, frustrated life, her relationship with Wentworth shifting from desperate melancholy to barely suppressed sexuality in a manner which the novelist would surely have appreciated.