Excessively Diverted

Beau North and Sammi Campbell are here to guide you through the world of Modern-Day Austen Film Adaptations. From the good to the very, very bad we present a judgement-free look at how Jane Austen's characters translate in the modern era.
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Dec 19, 2016

In this episode, Sammi and Beau are joined by guest Karolinn to wonder why this movie was made, why any movies are made, what is the meaning of art, and why is that pool table inside a black void? 

Revisit 1995 by way of 2003 with us in 'Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy,' a retelling of Austen's most beloved classic set in the world of the Latter Day Saints. An interesting concept with great potential that was squandered on bland modernization and some very (VERY) questionable character choices. We apologize for the abundance of swearing. 


Pride and Prejudice is directed by Andrew Black and stars Kam Heskin and Orlando Seale

Dec 5, 2016

This week we stray slightly away from our formula to discuss 2013's 'Austenland,' in which Jane Seymour embraces her inner Lady Catherine and JJ Field makes us all swoon. Make no mistake, this is a very silly movie that nevertheless is a very clever poke at fan culture (particularly to all the Austen "purists" out there).

Austenland stars Kerri Russell, JJ Field, Bret McKenzie, Jane Seymour and Jennifer Coolidge. Directed by Jerusha Hess

Podcast Music by Nicolai Heidlas

Podcast art by Josh Hollis

Nov 21, 2016

In this episode, Sammi and Beau take you back to a magical time: 1997, when Windows 95 and Ska ruled alike, and the preeminent adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Emma' was born in 'Clueless.' This is one of three or four Modernizations of Jane Austen's work that really manages to successfully translate into the modern era. 

'Clueless' stars Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, and Stacey Dash. Directed by Amy Heckerling


Podcast Music by Nicolai Heidlas

Podcast art by Josh Hollis

Nov 7, 2016

Hello, and welcome to our new podcast venture! In this show, Beau North and Sammi Campbell will be taking a look at modern film adaptations of Jane Austen novels to see how they translate into present-day pop culture. In a (mostly) judgement-free zone, Beau and Sammi will watch any modern adaptation, no matter the budget, cast, or level of silliness. Grab your popcorn and your Sparknotes, and enjoy the show! 


In this episode, Beau and Sammi discuss the 2006 Ode to Celebrity Culture, Material Girls. Directed by Martha Coolidge, Starring Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff, Anjelica Huston, and Brent Spiner. Based on Jane Austen's 'Sense & Sensibility' 


Theme music 'Back in Summer' by Nicolai Heidlas