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Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish shine in this achingly beautiful love story between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, shot with lyricism by Oscar-winning cinematographer Greig Fraser.
After a six-year gap between features, Campion returned with an intimate but emotionally walloping romantic tragedy about the love affair between legendary poet John Keats (Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Cornish). Shot in gorgeous naturalistic hues by Director of Photography Greig Fraser (Dune, 2021) and featuring delicate, empathetic performances from Cornish and Whishaw, it makes an apt companion piece to An Angel at My Table, focusing on the inner torment of artists and reuniting Campion with Kerry Fox in the role as Fanny’s mother. Bright Star is a visual and poetic wonder.
Campion takes her time to tell her tender story, but the film rewards with a conclusion I found incredibly moving. This is certainly one of the best films of the year… Five stars.
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Contains mild themes.
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Jane Campion: Her Way (Thu 15 Jun – Sun 2 Jul 2023)
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