Bright Star

A drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25. [IMDb]

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Jane Campion (The Piano, Portrait of a Lady) both directed and wrote the screenplay. The film is about to debut at the Cannes film festival. Read more at Bester News or NYTimes. Jane wanted to encourage up-and-coming film makers and has posted info of the making of the film here... Campion's site. Thanks to Judy at Costume Drama Reviews for finding it!

Ben Whishaw (recently seen in Brideshead Revisited, shown on right in centre) stars as John Keats. A website dedicated to Keats describes him as follows,
Born in 1795, Keats published three books of poetry in his lifetime but was dismissed as a middle-class interloper by most critics. He had no advantages of birth, wealth or education; he lost his parents in childhood, watched one brother die of tuberculosis and the other emigrate to America. Poverty kept him from marrying the woman he loved. And he achieved lasting fame only after his early death in 1821. Yet grief and hardship never destroyed his passionate commitment to poetry.

Abbie Cornish
(shown in Elizabeth, the Golden Age with Cate Blanchette) takes on the role of Fanny Brawne, Keats' object of affection.

~ Bright Star ~
(written by Keats in 1819)
Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art--
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors--
No--yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever--or else swoon to death.

Ben Whishaw (John Keats) and Abbie Cornish (Fanny Brawne)

Whishaw with Paul Schneider (Charles Armitage Brown)
[I feel a certain kinship with that character since he shares my name- Charleybrown!]

Greig Fraser's pre-production photos...beautiful!

Production notes...

Jane and Abbie at Cannes

Off to add Fanny to the growing list of Fannies...


  1. It seems very nice.
    I wanna watch it now. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ben Whishaw is an amazing actor. I really want to see this. Mostly because we just finished with Keats module in Romantic poetry :D

  3. Thanks for the post! I love this movie, I found it really amazing!

  4. I loved it too! Even more on my second viewing!



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