Bright Star

September 18th 2009
  • Drama/Historical,
  • PG,
  • 119 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Thomas Sangster, Paul Schneider, Samuel Barnett, Kerry Fox, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Samuel Roukin, Olly Alexander, Sebastian Armesto, Joyia Fitch, Alfred Harmsworth, Jonathan Aris, Adrian Schiller, Edie Martin, Sam Gaukroger, Gerard Monaco, Sally Reeve
  • Director: Jane Campion
  • Writer: Jane Campion
  • Producers: Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt
  • Executive Producers: François Ivernel, Christine Langan, Cameron McCracken,David M. Thompson
  • Art Direction: David Hindle
  • Casting: Nina Gold
  • Costume Design: Janet Patterson
  • D.O.P.: Greig Fraser
  • Editor: Alexandre de Franceschi
  • Makeup: Konnie Daniel
  • Music: Mark Bradshaw
  • Production Design: Janet Patterson
  • Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts


London, 1818 – a secret love affair begins between 23-year-old English poet John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of fashion. This unlikely pair started at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, she unimpressed by literature in general. But when Keats's younger brother falls ill John and Fanny are drawn together. Keats, touched by Fanny's efforts to help care for his brother, agrees to teach her poetry.

By the time Fanny's alarmed mother (Kerry Fox) and Keats's best friend Charles Armitage Brown (Paul Schneider) realize their attachment, the relationship had an unstoppable momentum. Intensely and helplessly absorbed in each other, the young lovers were swept into powerful new sensations: "I have the feeling as if I were dissolving," Keats wrote to her. Together they rode a wave of romantic obsession that deepened as their troubles mounted. Only Keats's own fatal illness proved insurmountable.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Bedfordshire, UK; Hertfordshire, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking
  • Production Companies: Jan Chapman Pictures, BBC Films, Hopscotch Productions, New South Wales Film & Television Office, Pathé Renn Productions, Screen Australia, UK Film Council
  • Production Schedule: March 2008 - June 2008

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The Hyde House and Estate in Hyde, Bedfordshire substituted for the Keats House in Hampstead. Jane Campion decided that the Keats House (also known as Wentworth Place) was too small and "a little bit fusty".

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 15 October 2009: Israel, Netherlands
  • 6 November 2009: UK
  • 24 December 2009: Germany, Greece
  • 26 December 2009: Australia
  • 7 January 2010: Portugal
  • 13 January 2010: France