Novelist JANE AUSTEN would love the new adaptation of her classic PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, according to its director.

Speaking at the premiere of BRIDE AND PREJUDICE in London last night (4OCT04), movie maker Gurinder Chadha insisted her take on the story sticks close to the literary classic.

The Bend It Like Beckham director says, "It's very true to Jane Austen and the spirit of the book, and I think if she came down and went to see it in her local Odeon, she would like it."

But Chadra also bizarrely dubbed the film "not a masterpiece" while talking of the pressure to emulate the success of sleeper hit Bend It Like Beckham. She told journalists at the Leicester Square bash, "The most important thing about making a film is that you're happy with it.

"It's not a masterpiece, but it's a lot of fun."

05/10/2004 17:35