Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors is an eye-opening documentary uncovering the influence of money, family, and inheritance on the life and works of one of England’s most beloved novelists.
The film takes viewers on a captivating journey to many of the places where Jane Austen lived, worked, and visited during her lifetime. From her birthplace in Steventon to Stoneleigh Abbey – a beautiful country estate she spent time at – to Ashe Rectory – where she would play piano with friends – this engaging documentary allows us to explore these locations that helped shape Austen’s individual and artistic development.
We can even gain insight into where Austen wrote some of her best-known novels, including Emma, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility. At these places we get to see the desk where she wrote from, the wooden box that stored drafts of her manuscripts, and even the gardens where she would walk for contemplation while crafting her stories.
Through Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors we are granted an unprecedented glimpse into the world that inspired one of literature’s greatest minds. It is a fascinating look into how money, family dynamics, social conventions, and other touchstones informed both Austen’s life experience as well as her fictional works.
For those who already appreciate Austen’s books or are interested in learning more about this influential writer’s legacy and heritage sites related to it, Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors is an absolute must-watch.