The film is based on Stillman’s adaptation of the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan, and sees Stillman reteam with actresses Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry, Emma Greenwell, Jemma Redgrave, James Fleet, and Morfydd Clark also star in the period drama.
The novella on which the film is based is an early complete work that Austen never submitted for publication, that describes the schemes of the main character, the widowed Lady Susan, as she seeks a new husband for herself and one for her daughter.
Filming took place in Ireland in February and March, with Katie Holly and Kieron J. Walsh of Blinder Films onboard as producers.
Love & Friendship is a Westerly Films production in association with Blinder Films, Chic Films, Revolver Films, the Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry., Arte and the Netherlands Film Fund.
Protagonist Pictures will sell the film at Le Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.