‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty’ John Keats, 1819. In London, in 1818, a secret love affair begins between 23 year old English poet Keats, and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of fashion. Written and directed by Academy Award winner Jane Campion, Bright Star is a riveting drama based on their three-year romance. Campion in an eloquent, refreshing return to her form of The Piano gives us a moving account of Keats’ great love and tragic death. With highly professional attention to detail, beautiful cinematography and intelligently understated performances from her actors Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish, Campion turns real events from the life of the poet into one of the most gorgeous and satisfying period dramas in recent memory.
“Steadfastness, truth and a simple, blazing, incandescent humanity. This is a literary life story in which life, for once, is the meaningful word”