There’s a nice selection of behind-the-scenes photos from Emma 4‘s Chilham location posted at the Republic of Pemberley. They provide a nice preview of some of the costuming!
I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the Emma Adaptations Pages recently, which means I’ve rediscovered quite a bit of content. After over twelve years, there’s a ton of stuff about which I’ve entirely forgotten. Worse, much of it is sorely in need of revision. My perspective has changed a TON since 1997; seriously, a lot of the crap I wrote back then screams “21 and dumb” – you know, kinda like Emma herself. Or maybe just clueless, which is also apropos.
Anyway, here’s my little review of the Emma 2 soundtrack, circa 1997 with additions circa 2007. You can read the full article, which includes soundclips, here.
The Emma2 score (runs Runs 42’53”) – composed, orchestrated, and produced by Rachel Portman – is a breathtaking example of musical storytelling.
The main theme is a romantic, bittersweet, and haunting motive, airy and distant, which takes us back to a time and place when life was quiet and cheerful, if not completely happy. It at once encompasses the universality of Austen’s work and themes in its broad, sweeping strings, while at the same time capturing the intimate essence of snug, country community in its gentle woodwinds, harp, and quartet components. “Three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work on,” Austen once wrote.
Other themes, most notably the forbodingly driving horns and strings of the “Elton’s Rejection” and “Emma Insults Miss Bates” themes, bring home the very pressing and real horror of Emma’s blind mistakes in contrast to the gentle propriety of the main theme. Paired with the melancholy variation of the Main motive which follows it in “Miss Bates” and “Mr. Knightley Returns,” this “Blunder” Theme comes to signify both her anxious revelations and their wretched aftermath.
“The Dance” also perfectly parallels the emotions played out on-screen. As Mr. Knightley rescues the partnerless Harriet, the small sound of the dancehall ensemble is magnified into a glorious, fully-symphonic triumph.
You can buy this soundtrack through Amazon.com. If you order through this link, we will get a portion of the proceeds. You can get the piano sheet music for the End Titles and Frank Churchill Arrives in a collection of Austen film music (Emma2,S&S, P&P2, and Persuasion). It’s available from Faber Music for about five bucks a set. ISBN 0 571 51793 5.
A fun note – The End Titles track is included in the queue area music loop for the Soarin’ attraction at Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. The piece is not, however, included in the Condor Flats or Soarin’ Over California queue area loops at Disney’s California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort.
Or perhaps moreso. 😉
Reader Keith just passed along the following from Movieline:
EXCLUSIVE: Clueless Sequel? Silverstone’s Rep Says No, Heckerling’s Rep Says No Comment
Written by Kyle Buchanan | 28 Apr 2009, 1:30 PM
The seminal 90â€™s comedy Clueless has certainly spawned some spiritual sequels, but itâ€™s never had an actual one â€” though that hasnâ€™t stopped rumormongers and wishful thinkers from gossiping about the possibility from time to time. Lately, though, a weirdly specific Star story has spread like wildfire online, claiming that Alicia Silverstone and writer/director Amy Heckerling were spotted in Tarzana (the valley?!) discussing a new chapter in the life of Cher Horowitz. Movieline got in touch with reps for both parties to find out whatâ€™s up.
â€œI have heard nothing about this whatsoever,â€ said Silverstoneâ€™s publicist, Elizabeth Much. â€œI would certainly be very surprised if this rumor has any truth to it.â€ Much is an old hand at swatting down Clueless 2 talk â€” last time she was contacted, erroneous reports were saying that Silverstone had discussed the sequel on Graham Nortonâ€™s talk show.
Then, we got in touch with a rep for Heckerling, who was more mysterious: â€œOfficially, no comment.â€ Does that mean Star had it right, or might Heckerling be looking to leverage this sequel buzz for a career jolt in the wake of her direct-to-DVD I Could Never Be Your Woman? Developingâ€¦at least, until we hear that a frantic Brittany Murphy is stalking the streets of Tarzana, desperate to escape the Lifetime movie ghetto.
Various sources have been buzzing about a possible Clueless sequel starring Alicia Silverstone, who would reprise her role as Cher Horowitz. According to NZCity, original Clueless director and writer Amy Heckerling has written the screenplay.
Alicia Silverstoneâ€™s Clueless sequel
Alicia Silverstone is in negotiations to star in a ‘Clueless’ sequel, 15 years after the original made her famous.
27 April 2009
Alicia Silverstone is to star in a ‘Clueless’ sequel.
The 32-year-old actress is reportedly in talks with Amy Heckerling, the director and writer of the film â€“ which was based on classic English novelist Jane Austenâ€™s â€˜Emmaâ€™ – that made her famous 15 years ago.
The pair were overheard discussing the new movie while shopping in Tarzana, California, earlier this week.
A source told gossip blogger Perez Hilton: â€œThey were talking about the script theyâ€™re working on and how exciting this is for them. Itâ€™s been a dream of Aliciaâ€™s to bring Cher back to the big screen. Amy is writing it, but Alicia is giving her tons of ideas.â€
Alicia hinted she was working on the sequel â€“ reportedly titled ‘Clueless: High School Reunion’ – in an interview with Irish talk show host Graham Norton last November.
The film is rumoured to be going into production at the end of this month.
Alicia was just 18 years old when she shot to fame as Cher Horowitz, a ditzy rich teenager living in Beverly Hills.
There’s video available at the Kentish Express, chronicling the transformation of Chilham into the village of Highbury!
Video: Chilham taken back in time for Jane Austen’s Emma
by Katie Alston
Charming Chilham has been taken back in time for the latest version of Jane Austenâ€™s Emma.
The town square has been chosen as a backdrop for the costume drama which will be shown on BBC One in the autumn.
Keira Knightleyâ€™s best friend Romola Garai plays the leading lady, alongside Trainspottingâ€™s Jonny Lee Miller and veteran actor Michael Gambon.
Crews arrived in the village last week to build sets and prepare the area for the start of filming on Tuesday.
They are expected to shoot in the square, in front of the local school, in the churchyard and at the village hall until Saturday.
The area has been transformed into an authentic 19th century setting, with gravel and straw hiding road markings, and burglar alarms being boxed in.
Horse and carts have replaced parked cars, and period costumes worn in place of jeans and jumpers.
With the square cut off from traffic, residents have been forced to leave their cars in the townâ€™s lower carpark.
But to ease safety concerns, 24-hour security has been enlisted to patrol the area and police have assigned an officer to the shoot.
The film crew have also put in provisions to collect residentsâ€™ bins on rubbish day and have offered to carry shopping bags from the ca rpark at the bottom of the hill up to the front doors which are now backdrops to the romantic comedy.
Residents were sent letters telling them of filming plans back in January and no objections were raised.
Here’s an article from YourCanterbury.co.uk about Emma 4 locations:
BBC’s Emma to start filming in Chilham next week
Picturesque Chilham will provide the set for the BBCâ€™s latest costume drama, a four-part serialisation of Jane Austenâ€™s Emma.
Popular with location directors looking for a picture perfect English village, Chilham will stand in for the fictional village of Highbury in Surrey, the setting of Austenâ€™s romantic comedy tale of matchmaking gone awry.
The large scale production, the latest in a series of popular period dramas commissioned by the BBC, will feature veteran actor Michael Gambon as Emmaâ€™s neurotic father, and Train Spotting star Johnny Lee Miller as Emmaâ€™s friend Mr Knightley.
The title role will be taken by Romola Garai, star of Atonement and Daniel Deronda, and the production also features Green Wing star Tamsin Greig.
The four day shoot starts in Chilham next week when a BBC film crew will transform several streets, the churchyard and the central square into a 19th century village.
A fountain will be constructed in the centre of the square, while roads including Taylor Hill, Church Hill and The Street will be laid with a gravel covering to hide the street markings, with all vehicles removed from the affected area.
Parish councillor Yvonne White said: â€œItâ€™s very exciting. Chilham is quite often used for filming. Four years ago we had Agatha Christie team filming here, so people are used to a bit of inconvenience.
â€œBut the BBC crews are very good. Generally they compensate people for their trouble and are very accommodating, and try not to disrupt village life too much. Everyone enjoys it really.
â€œThe square is going to be closed to traffic because obviously it has to represent a picture perfect period village.â€
First published in December 1815, Emma follows the fortunes of the eponymous heroine as she attempts to set up her friends in love matches that donâ€™t always go to plan.
The novel has been adapted by award-winning writer Sandy Welch, who is responsible for a string of BBC hits including Our Mutual Friend, Jane Eyre, and North And South.
This production will be the first time Emma has been screened as a serialisation since the 1970s.
The novelâ€™s last screen outings were both in 1996 when ITV made a single-episode drama, starring Kate Beckinsale and Mark Strong, while Gwyneth Paltrow starred as Emma in an Oscar-nominated film version by Miramax the same year.
POSTED: 08/04/2009 06:00:00
For what it’s worth, there’s an IMDB page set up for the adaptation. 🙂
Laurel Ann has also posted a nice summary of information and opinions on this newest “Emma” offering.
Various sources report that additional cast will include Tasmin Greig as Miss Bates, Jodhi May as Mrs. Weston, and Robert Bathurst as Mr. Weston.
So far, so good.
From the Telegraph:
Romola Garai to play Emma in BBC’s latest Jane Austen adaptation
For years she has languished in her friend Keira Knightley’s shadow, but actress Romola Garai has finally attained leading lady status with the starring role in the BBC’s latest Jane Austen adaptation, a production of Emma.
By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor
Last Updated: 1:32PM BST 04 Apr 2009
Romola Garai: BBC finds leading lady for final Jane Austen adaptation
British actress Romola Garai will play the heroine of Emma in a lavish BBC One costume drama to be screened in the autumn.
Garai will play the “handsome, clever and rich” heroine in a lavish BBC One costume drama to be screened in the autumn.
The 26-year-old was cast as Knightley’s younger sister in the Oscar-nominated film Atonement and the two actresses are firm friends. However, they have frequently found themselves in competition for the same roles. Knightley beat Garai to the part of Lara in ITV’s adaptation of Doctor Zhivago in 2002 and to Elizabeth Bennet in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice.
Emma will be Garai’s highest profile role to date after appearances in several television dramas, including Dodie Smith’s I Capture The Castle and George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda.
The daughter of a banker, she was raised in Hong Kong and Singapore before attending a boarding school in England. She is currently combining her acting work with studying for an Open University degree.
“I’m incredibly excited and honoured to be taking on the role of Emma, who is arguably Jane Austen’s greatest heroine. I’ve loved the book for many years and she is a character very close to my heart – so it’s a great privilege to now be playing her,” she said.
The high calibre cast of Emma includes Sir Michael Gambon as the matchmaking heroine’s doting father and Jonny Lee Miller as her suitor, Mr Knightley. Filming begins next week at locations in Kent and Surrey.
The BBC promises a “fresh, witty and perceptive take on a timeless tale” last serialised by the corporation in 1972 and turned into a Hollywood film starring Gwyneth Paltrow in 1996. It will be shown in four hour-long episodes and will be the BBC’s last Austen adaptation for several years, after executives decided to replace ‘bonnet dramas’ with a focus on the 20th century.