• Bright Star (2009)

Bright Star

Release Date: September 16th, 2009

DVD Release Date: January 26th, 2010

PG |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

In 1818, high-spirited young Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) finds herself increasingly intrigued by the handsome but aloof poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw), who lives next door to her family friends the Dilkes. After reading a book of his poetry, she finds herself even more drawn to the taciturn Keats. Although he agrees to teach her about poetry, Keats cannot act on his reciprocated feelings for Fanny, since as a struggling poet he has no money to support a wife.

Cast: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox, Edie Martin, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Claudie Blakley, Gerard Monaco

Director: Jane Campion

Genres: Drama , Romance

Production Co: Pathé Renn Productions, UK Film Council, Hopscotch Productions, New South Wales Film & Television Office, Jan Chapman Pictures, Australian Film Finance Corporation, BBC Films, Screen Australia

Keywords: Love interest, Friend, Emotional, Doctor, Love, Mother, Father

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Jane Campion has performed her own feat of romantic imagination. show more

  • 90
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    Bright Star may not be a joy forever but it will do until the next joy comes along. show more

  • 100
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Intimate as a whisper, immediate as a blush, and universal as first love, the PG-rated film positively palpitates with the sensual and spiritual. show more

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Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)