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Bright Star is a 2009 film based on the last three years of the life of poet John Keats and 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 byJane 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.
- Ben Whishaw as John Keats.
Keats was one of the key figures in the second generation of the Romantic movement despite the fact that his work had been in publication for only four years before his death. During his lifetime his poems were not generally well received by critics and at age 25 he died believing he was a failure. However, his reputation grew and he held significant posthumous influence on many later poets.
- Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne.
Like the real life Fanny Brawne, Fanny in the film is a fiery and fashionable eighteen-year-old who spends her time creating dresses, hats, and various other garments. She is also something of a flirt and enjoys going to balls, inspiring jealousy in Keats. Though the real life Fanny Brawne went on to marry and have children, she never parted with Keats' love letters.
- Paul Schneider as Charles Armitage Brown, Keats' best friend.
- Kerry Fox as Fanny's mother, a widow.
- Thomas Sangster as Samuel Brawne, Fanny's brother.
- Antonia Campbell-Hughes as Abigail O'Donaghue Brown, housemaid and mother of Charles Brown's child.
- Claudie Blakley as Mrs Dilke
- Jonathan Aris as Leigh Hunt
- Samuel Barnett as Joseph Severn
- British Independent Film Awards, Best Technical Achievement (for cinematography)
- Heartland Film Festival, Truly Moving Sound Award
- National Society of Film Critics, Best Supporting Actor
- 82nd Academy Awards, Best Achievement in Costume Design
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Best Costume Design
- British Independent Film Awards, Best Director
- British Independent Film Awards, Best Actress
- British Independent Film Awards, Best Supporting Actress
- Critics Choice Award, Best Costume Design
- Cannes Film Festival, Golden Palm
- Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Best Actress
- Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Best Cinematography
- Chlotrudis Awards, Best Actress
- London Critics Circle Film Awards, British Film of the Year
- London Critics Circle Film Awards, Actress of the Year
- Satellite Awards, Best Motion Picture, Drama
- Satellite Awards, Best Director
- Satellite Awards, Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
- Satellite Awards, Best Screenplay, Original
- "Negative Capability" – 3:55
- "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" – 2:28
- "Return" – 0:58
- "Human Orchestra" – 1:48
- "Convulsion" – 0:52
- "Bright Star" – 1:49
- "Letters" – 3:49
- "Yearning" – 2:24
- "Ode to a Nightingale" – 5:24
Book of Love Letters and Poems
Letters from John Keats to Fanny Brawne
- I-IX: Shanklin, Winchester, Westminister
- X-XXXII: Wentworth Place
- XXXIII-XXXVII: Kentish Town – Preparing For Italy
- 'Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art'
- The Eve of St Agnes
- A Dream, after reading Dante's Episode of Paola and Francesca
- La Belle Dame sans Merci. A Ballad
- Ode to Psyche
- Ode on Melancholy
- Ode on Indolence
- 'The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone!'
- What can I do to drive away
- 'I cry your mercy, pity, love – ay, love!'
- To Fanny
- 'This living hand, now warm and capable'
- Sketch of John Keats sleeping (28 January 1821) by Joseph Severn
- Silhouette of Fanny Brawne, after Augustin Edouart
- Facsimilies of Keats's handwriting, from his letters to Brawne