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'Austenland' writer Shannon Hale to screen film for fans in Salt Lake City

The cast of "Austenland" wears costumes from the era of Jane Austen.
The cast of "Austenland" wears costumes from the era of Jane Austen.
Giles Keyte

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah writer Shannon Hale will be on hand to take questions from the audience at two special screenings of her film "Austenland" this weekend at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

The film, co-written by Hale and Utah director Jerusha Hess and based on Hale's 2007 novel of the same name, debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and follows Jane Hayes (Keri Russell), a passionate fan of Jane Austen who travels to England for an immersive Regency-era experience.

Hale will participate in two post-screening Q&As at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. She will also give brief remarks and an introduction to the 9:10 screenings on those days. More information can be found at the Salt Lake Film Society website and tickets can be purchased in advance here – an SLFS official said the Friday 7 p.m. screening has already sold out.

Before she shares her film with Utah audiences, Hale shared a Q&A with the Deseret News about seeing her story brought to life and the "wonderful weirdness" of Austen fans