It’s not everyday one gets to sit down with an Academy Award nominated director and pick his brain about his work, but that is precisely what we did at the Angelika Film Center in Plano with director Whit Stillman. On the heels of his latest release LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, Stillman chats about his relationship with the cast, creating their characters and why he decided to change the title of the film, which is an adaption of the Jane Austen novella “Lady Susan”.
Set in the 1790s, the film follows the title character, a beautiful young widow (Kate Beckinsale) as she arrives in Churchill, to wait out colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. While there, she embarks upon securing a husband for herself, but the Churchill waters are troubled when handsome, eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) and cheerful Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett) arrive. After a series of dramatic turns, Lady Susan ultimately risks destruction when her jealous rival comes to call, uncovering a revelation that leads to the denouement of denouements.