It was an unusual film premiere: no plush red carpet, no preening actors, no paparazzi, nor hordes of squealing fans. Instead, members of the Brontë Society filed decorously into a Baptist church in Haworth – sometime home of Charlotte and Emily – and perched on wooden pews.
Do not be deceived. They may sound like a genteel bunch, but there are no fiercer critics when it comes to judging the latest in a long, long line of Brontë adaptations. Directed by an inexperienced American with the temerity to cast a nubile Australian actress as frumpy Jane Eyre, tonight’s offering had already raised a few eyebrows.
RT spied the audacious American director in question – Cary Fukunaga – hovering nervously at the back. So we dragged him into a nearby field to find out exactly why he’s chosen to remake a film that’s been done a dozen times before, why he chose Mia Wasikowska as his leading lady, and why on earth it’s taken so long for Jane Eyre to be released over here…