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A popular film series highlighting the works of Jane Austen will return this month to the Eudora Welty House and Garden. The 1995 adaptation of Persuasion, one of Austen’s best-known novels, will be screened on Friday, September 21. The film, directed by Roger Michell, was the theatrical debut for the British actress Amanda Root, who starred as the protagonist Anne Elliott.

“This is the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Persuasion,” said Carolyn Brown, a biographer of Welty and state coordinator of the Jane Austen Society of North America. “Eudora Welty loved Austen’s writing, and this film series is a wonderful way to bring together these two authors who lived in different eras and on different continents but who had so much in common.”

The Eudora Welty House and Garden and JASNA-MS are partnering with Crossroads Film Society on the series, which will include screenings of Belle on October 5 and Austenland on October 19.

The Austen Film Series in the Welty Garden is free of charge thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council. For Persuasion the grounds will open at 5:30 p.m., the program will begin at 6:45, and the movie will start at dark—about 7:15 p.m. No reservations are necessary. In the event of inclement weather, the films will be shown across the street in the Student Center at Belhaven University.

“Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy these adaptations of the works of one of Welty’s favorite writers,” said Bridget Edwards, director of the Eudora Welty House and Garden.

For more information on the film series email or call 601-353-7762.

The Eudora Welty House and Garden interprets the life of the internationally acclaimed author. Tours are by reservation Tuesday through Friday and the second Saturday of each month. The house is located at 1119 Pinehurst Street in Jackson and is operated by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

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