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Links to our threads on Whit Stillman in general and Damsels in Distress (2011) in particular. We don't seem to have any threads dedicated to Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994) or The Last Days of Disco (1998). - - - Miller coming to Ireland to film Jane Austen comedy ACTRESS Sienna Miller will be spending the summer in the Irish countryside, thanks to her latest film role. Miller has been cast in a period comedy, based on a short novel by Jane Austen. Love and Friendship is the screen adaptation of the novel Lady Susan about a widow in search of two husbands – one for herself and one for her daughter. . . . Boys Don't Cry actress Chloe Sevigny has also been cast as a close friend of Miller's character in the comedy by the author of Pride and Prejudice. It will be directed by Oscar-nominated Whit Stillman, the American filmmaker behind films Damsels in Distress and The Last Days of Disco. . . . The storyline follows Lady Susan as she embarks on a relationship with a married man and stirs up some controversy along the way. In the novella, Lady Susan describes herself as "really, excessively pretty", and she uses her looks to get on in life. She regards her daughter Frederica as an inconvenience who must be married off as soon as possible. Austen chose not to submit the novella for publication, but her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh, included it in an 1871 biography of the author. Herald, February 10