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This autumn new adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights will hit cinemas. After our long infatuation with Jane Austen, Matthew Sweet asks whether the Brontës’ time has come again

By Matthew Sweet   September 2011

Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre: Cary Fukunaga’s new film attempts to capture some of the unignorable harshness of the novel

Cary Fukunaga. Sounds pretty hardcore, doesn’t he? If you’ve seen his name on a credit roll, it was probably attached to his first feature: Sin Nombre, the story of a teenager on the run from the Mara Salvatrucha, a Mexican gang with pistols in their waistbands, tattoos across their faces and heroin in their bloodstreams. So what’s Cary’s next movie? A toughnut melodrama of the favelas? A bloody exposure of organised crime in Honduras? Nope, it’s Jane Eyre. In the…

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