Bright Star (film)  

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Bright Star is a 2009 film based on the last three years of the life of poet John Keats, and in particular his romantic relationship with Fanny Brawne. It stars Ben Whishaw as Keats and Abbie Cornish as Fanny. A British/Australian/French co-production, it was directed by Jane Campion, who wrote the screenplay and was inspired by the biography of Keats by Andrew Motion, who served as a script consultant on the film. The film competed in the main competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, and was first shown to the public on 15 May 2009. The film's title is a reference to a sonnet by Keats named "Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art", which he wrote while he was with Brawne.

Several other poems are recited in the movie, including "The Eve of St Agnes" and "Ode to a Nightingale". Both Campion and Ben Whishaw completed extensive research in preparation for the film. Many of the lines in the script are taken directly from Keats's letters, which are as well known as his poems. Whishaw as well, learned how to write with a quill and ink during filming. The letters that Fanny Brawn receives from Keats in the film were actually written by Whishaw in his own hand.



For three years, poet John Keats carries on a love affair with the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, which is cut short by Keats's death.






Lakeshore Records released the soundtrack for Bright Star digitally (iTunes and Amazon Digital) on 15 September 2009 and in stores on 13 October 2009. The film's soundtrack features original music by Mark Bradshaw with dialogue from the film voiced by Cornish and Whishaw.

Track Listing

1. "Negative Capability" – 03:55
2. "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" – 02:28
3. "Return" – 00:58
4. "Human Orchestra" – 01:48
5. "Convulsion" – 00:52
6. "Bright Star" – 01:49
7. "Letters" – 03:49
8. "Yearning" – 02:24
9. "Ode to a Nightingale" – 05:24

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