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The first time I saw this logo and heard that music,
I just nearly wet myself.
It starts with the blackbird, which we
chose as Elizabeth Bennet's bird.
So often, throughout the film,
when something's happening to Lizzie,
you hear a blackbird.
The original idea was not to have an opening shot
and to start directly on a close-up of Elizabeth.
I like the idea of it setting the story,
that this is about a girl who falls in love.
In a way, there, she's reading the story that's about to happen to her.
Um, like the idea of her crossing the bridge.
Gave her an independent spirit.
So there's two suns. A bit cheeky,
We wanted to create an atmosphere
where you got led into the environment with Elizabeth.
Um, we got to know them with her.
And the mess.
The idea that it's a house full of hormones,
basically I'd planned lots more shots through windows
which are all about veils of perception,
um, the pride and prejudice,
you're seeing people through the windows of your own understanding,
if that makes any sense.
Anyway, like that shot. Was filming it with the music in my ears.
And wept like a baby. You have to fall in love with all your characters,
and I certainly felt in love with all of this lot.
Jena Malone doing her pretty faultless English accent really.
We nearly cut Mary out.
But I think the balance of having four rather than five would've been wrong.
I cast Donald Sutherland, uh, because I saw him in "Cold Mountain" and he reminded me...of my father. And sometimes you just have to go with sentimental reasons
So that's Groombridge House in Kent.
Has a moat, which you never really see,
but I like the idea of five virgins on an island surrounded by a moat.
Um, they really didn't exist, the assembly halls, anymore.
And this, I think, was probably my favourite four days of shooting.
We had a lot of people and we designed the set so it felt crammed.
...a proper English knees-up, and to create that sweaty, hot atmosphere.
So we kept the cameras back.
So all the cast weren't kept separate.
Often on sets cast are kept separate from extras
and there's a kind of elitism going on,
but we tried to integrate everyone.
A lot of gay Australians amongst the dancers there, um...
I wanted to hold back looking at Darcy,
seeing Darcy, for a while.
So you don't really see him clearly until Elizabeth sees him.
The whole idea of the film is to make it as subjective as possible.
So you're constantly seeing the world through her eyes.
We set the film in 1797 so we didn't have to go with
the empire line dresses the whole time.
I love Brenda in that shot, bless her. Always getting in there.
And then Caroline comes in wearing her empire line
and that means that she's the height of fashion, London fashion.
Not well shot, this whole section, I don't think.
It's a bit boring, which is a shame, seeing as it's the first time
they meet properly, but anyway... I just find that a bit flat.
But they're all doing lovely stuff.
Simon Woods, who plays Bingley, I dyed his hair red for this film.
He was actually blond.
I like that move of Simon's there.
He almost goes the wrong way. I like the fact the dancing isn't perfect.
I think one of the great things about Matthew is his voice.
I think he has a beautiful voice, a real layered depth to his voice.
And it was a really lovely time with these people
from Lincolnshire where we shot it.
And they weren't professional extras, they were just locals,
Got all the actors to improvise as much as possible
to give it a kind of reality and a freshness.
She was a revelation to me, Keira Knightley,
and I learnt a lot from her.
[Elizabeth & Jane under the covers]
Mmm, that was heaven, shooting a scene
under the covers with these two.
I wanted to kind of create a closeness.
These two spend their youth and childhood sleeping in the same bed and the story's really about who they
will end up sleeping in a bed with.
So they start very, very close, and then get further away from each other until, um, Jane is sleeping with her back to Elizabeth.
And Elizabeth can't talk to her anymore.
The relationship in the book between Jane and Elizabeth is a bit too syrupy.
I think Austen, actually, Jane Austen, was flattering her sister
a little too much.
Ooh, not sure about this shot.
into the world of CGI in the future.
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