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Pride and Prejudice Premiere

Published on September 8th 2005.

Pride and Prejudice were both put to one side for the night as a glittering array of celebs, and the Manchester Confidential kids were treated to a night out at latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel.The Keira Knightley-starrer has received some good reviews so far but was yet to receive the sternest test of all, the Pam Wood test of this adaptation of one of her favourite novels. She also loved the 5 hour long BBC Colin Firth-starring drama, so there was a lot to live up to. Pam's also got a degree in English Literature so she knows what she's talking about.

Much to Pam’s disgust, I hadn’t even seen the BBC adaptation. Neither myself nor Tristan had even read the book. Pam refused to speak to either of us for the rest of the day.

The evening kicked off with us mixing it up on the red carpet with the usual local celebs out and about.

The Gallery was filled to the brim with local celebs and there was a champagne reception already in full swing when we arrived, a lack of clean glasses seemed to be causing a problem but everyone seemed happy and a quiet look around the room let us know that we were one of very few not famous bunch of people in there.

TV cameras and photographers were all over the place and the general buzz was of something extremely glitz and glam, I loved it. A couple of drinks later saw us heading to the screen for the film and settling into the ultra comfortable super huge leather seats with two of the largest glasses of wine I've ever seen. I swear there was half a bottle between both glasses, blimey!

Once we were in the cinema, we the Director of the movie, Joe Wright, Spooks star Matthew MacFadyen who takes up the role of Mr Darcy, Rosamund Pike who takes up the role of Jane and Jena Malone who plays Lydia.

As for the film itself, to be honest, not being a fan of period dramas, I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it. Tristan also enjoyed it, although he admitted to being plastered during the majority of it. Lindsay enjoyed herself too, not initially fancying the film but being pleasantly surprised when she did go. She felt that it wasn’t as good as the television adaptation but a feel good movie which touches the important elements of the story and, I quote, “gives you faith in love and romance, if only for a short while.” Ah poor Lindsay.

Pam on other hand thought it was rubbish, Keira Knightley not suiting the role of Elizabeth Bennett in the slightest. Apparently, the film makes Elizabeth’s family out to be considerably worse off than in the book. And as for Mr. Darcy, there really is only one Colin Firth apparently.

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you can catch Pride and Prejudice at thefilmworks from September 16th.

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