The Indie Film Corner: “Austenland”

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The Indie film “Austenland” will be shown at USCB Center for the Arts on Monday, October 14 at 7 p.m. Directed by Jerusha Hess, this film stars Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, James Callis, Georgia King, Rupert Vansittart and Ricky Whittle

“Austenland” is a lively romantic comedy about a 30-something, single Jane Hayes (Keri Russell), a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her unhealthy obsession with all things Jane Austen. Desperately seeking her own Mr. Darcy, Jane sinks her life savings into a trip to England to stay at an Austen-themed manor ruled by Mrs. Wattlesbrook (Jane Seymour) where everything is Austen, including the actors who court the lady visitors with decorous dalliance. Unfortunately, Jane could only afford the cut price package, so she finds herself drably costumed as a poor relation and relegated to flirting with the servants, notably the cute and approachable groom Martin (Bret McKenzie, “Flight of the Conchords”). Russell, earnest in Austen awe and game for the send-up, brings sparkle to the comedy as the woman who gets more than she bargained for when she tries to live her fantasy.

USCB Center for the Arts is located at 801 Carteret Street Beaufort SC. Tickets for adults are $7, seniors $6, students $5. Call the box office at 843-521-4145 or purchase day of performance. Box office opens one hour prior to show time.