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Campion’s most recent feature is a “quiet” period drama about the ultimately tragic relationship between Romantic poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his muse and lover, Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). Campion eschews the heightened melodrama and booming scores typical of many period movies, while resisting the impulse to modernise character psychology and sexuality, to stage a nuanced examination of youth and love sincere to both the work and life of Keats and Romanticism. Campion’s screenplay features full recitations of Keats’ poetry and correspondence, while focusing on Brawne’s intimate connection to the poet’s work.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.