Friday, 16 March 2012

BBC Films' BRIGHT STAR to be shown on BBC 2 & BBC HD on Saturday 24 March

BBC 2 & BBC HD are to premiere Jane Campion’s portrait of love and loss, BRIGHT STAR, on Saturday 24 March at 20:45.

Romantic poet, John Keats’s love for Fanny Brawne inspired some of the most beautiful love letters ever written.BRIGHT STAR portrays the secret love affair between the 23 year old English poet and the girl next door, an outspoken student of fashion.

Set in London 1818 this unlikely pair starts at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, she unimpressed by literature in general.

It is the illness of Keats’s younger brother that finally draws them together as Keats is touched by Fanny’s efforts to help and agrees to teach her poetry.

By the time Fanny’s alarmed mother and Keats’s best friend Brown realise their attachment, the relationship has an unstoppable momentum. Intensely and helplessly absorbed in each other, the young lovers are swept into powerful new sensations and together ride a wave of romantic obsession that deepens as their troubles mount.

When Keats falls ill a year later, the two young lovers face not marriage, but separation. In Keats' own poignant words, "forever panting and forever young".

BRIGHT STAR is directed by Oscar Winning Jane Campion (The Piano) and stars Abbie Cornish (Limitless) as Fanny Brawne alongside Ben Whishaw (Perfume) as John Keats.


BBC Films is the feature filmmaking arm of the BBC. It aims to make strong British films with range and ambition, bringing the best of British talent to audiences. BBC Films is firmly established at the forefront of British independent filmmaking and co-produces around eight films a year, working in partnership with major international and UK distributors. Christine Langan is the Head of BBC Films, responsible for the development and production slate, strategy and business operations.

Recent releases include Ralph Fiennes’ contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Simon Curtis’ comedy drama My Week with Marilyn, Nick Murphy’s supernatural mystery The Awakening, Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of the Winner for the Orange Prize for Fiction We Need to Talk About Kevin, David Mackenzie’s romantic thriller Perfect Sense, Cary Fukunaga’s modern retelling of Jane Eyre, and James Marsh’s moving documentaryProject Nim.

Forthcoming films include Max and Dania’s kinetic 3D follow-up to international hit StreetDance, StreetDance 2, to be released 30 March 2012, Lasse Hallström’s romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen to be released on 20 April 2012, Ol Parker’s teen romance Now is Good will be in cinemas from 25 May 2012, and Fernando Meirelles’ stylish and contemporary drama 360 will also be a 2012 release. BBC Films is also supporting the 2012 Cultural Olympiad activities. The department has commissioned two short films; Lynne Ramsay’s The Swimmer, and Max and Dania’s What if?.

BBC Films has an impressive back catalogue, which includes titles such as Nigel Cole’s Made in Dagenham, Lone Scherfig’s Academy Award® nominated and BAFTA award-winning An Education; Armando Iannucci’s Academy Award® and BAFTA award-nominated In the Loop; Jane Campion’s Academy Award®nominated Bright Star; and Andrea Arnold’s BAFTA award-winning Fish Tank.

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