'Emma.' Director Autumn de Wilde Explains Why There is a Period at the End of the Movie Title

There's a new film version of Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma coming out this week, starring Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role. As well, you can look for Anglo favorites Miranda Hart and Bill Nighy.

We've already shared the casting news and trailer, so you're probably across all that. But, did you notice that there's a period — also known as a "full stop," depending on where you are located — at the end of the title?

It's easy for that little dot to slip by readers, as it's uncommon for a title to end with punctuation like a sentence. Especially, a one-word title.

It seems director Autumn de Wilde pulled out her artistic license when tweaking the title, explaining to Radio Times, "There’s a period at the end of Emma because it’s a period film." That is definitely true.

It's a very short answer, to explain a very small addition, but definitely hits the mark (pun kind of intended).

You can watch the brief back-and-forth here, which is topped up with giggles.

To backtrack, here's a refresher on the story itself: Set in 1800s England, Emma Woodhouse is the Queen Bee in her sleepy village. She takes pride in knowing everyone’s business and is not shy to get involved. So much so, she takes it upon herself to matchmake some lonely hearts.

Here's a look at the trailer:


If you're curious why Americans use the word "period" and Britons use the word "full stop," we have an in-depth explanation here. 

Are you a punctuation hound?