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9 October 2009 (USA) See more »
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The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Jane Campion 
Writing credits
Jane Campion (written by)

Jane Campion (screenplay)

Andrew Motion (biography "Keats")

Produced by
Jan Chapman .... producer
Caroline Hewitt .... producer
François Ivernel .... executive producer (as Francois Ivernel)
Christine Langan .... executive producer
Emma Mager .... line producer
Cameron McCracken .... executive producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Bradshaw 
Cinematography by
Greig Fraser (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alexandre de Franceschi 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Janet Patterson 
Art Direction by
Christian Huband 
Set Decoration by
Charlotte Watts 
Costume Design by
Janet Patterson 
Makeup Department
Fulvia Bartoli .... makeup artist: Italy
Konnie Daniel .... hair designer
Konnie Daniel .... makeup designer
Guglielmo Lepri .... hair artist: Italy
Jane Logan .... hair artist
Jane Logan .... makeup artist
Raphael Salley .... hair consultant
Raphael Salley .... hair researcher
Laura Schiavo .... hair artist (as Loz Schiavo)
Laura Schiavo .... makeup artist (as Loz Schiavo)
Emma Sheldrick .... makeup supervisor: crowd
Sian Wilson .... hair trainee
Sian Wilson .... makeup trainee
Renta Xydis .... hair researcher and consultant (as Renya Xydis)
Anita Anderson .... hair stylist: crowd (uncredited)
Production Management
Tim Davies .... unit manager
Helen Lovelock .... post-production supervisor
Robin Melville .... unit manager: Italy
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Lee Robertson .... unit manager
Dan Whitty .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Elliott .... first assistant director (as Mike Elliott)
Zoe Liang .... third assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... second assistant director: crowd
Paola Morabito .... second unit director: EPK
Luca Padrini .... second assistant director: Italy
Alessandro Trapani .... first assistant director: Italy
Anthony Wilcox .... second assistant director
Glen Carroll .... additional assistant director: dailies (uncredited)
Art Department
Jason Brown .... dressing propsman (as Jason Brown)
Julia Castle .... construction coordinator
Netty Chapman .... standby art director (as Jeanette Chapman)
Alan Chesters .... construction manager
Leigh Chesters .... chargehand carpenter
Christopher Colman .... art department assistant (as Chris Coleman)
George Dean .... painter
Stella Fox .... property buyer
Jo Hawthorne .... carpenter
Stuart Headley-Read .... standby propsman (as Stuart Read)
David Hindle .... supervising art director
Springer Horrill .... prop master (as David 'Springer' Horrill)
Paul House .... standby carpenter
David Ned Kelly .... carpenter (as David 'Ned' Kelly)
Shay Leonard .... standby propsman
Loretta Lipworth .... art department trainee: FT2
Karen Long .... property buyer
David Mears .... painter
Gary Mears .... painter
Amy Merry .... graphic designer
Mauro Mieli .... prop man: Italy
Isabella Monticelli-McTiernan .... additional visual researcher
Camise Oldfield .... art department trainee: FT2
Stefano Maria Ortolani .... art director: Italy (as Stefano Ortolani)
George Roberts .... painter
John Roberts .... head of department painter
Simon Robilliard .... carpenter
Stuart Sinclair .... standby painter
Marcus Spivey .... painter (as Markus Spivey)
Charlotte Watts .... visual research
Mike Webb .... chargehand stagehand
Penny White .... assistant prop master
Peter Wilkinson .... painter
Peter Wood .... dressing propsman
Jeff Woodbridge .... carpenter
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster (uncredited)
Peter Hooper .... greens supervisor (uncredited)
Jon Marson .... key greens supervisor (uncredited)
Oli van der Vijver .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leon Anderson .... foley editor
Angelo Bonanni .... sound recordist: Italy
Ross Brewer .... sound technical facilities coordinator
Helen Brown .... foley artist
Craig Butters .... sound effects designer
Nicholas Byrnes .... sound mixing assistant (as Nick Byrnes)
Davide D'Onofrio .... boom operator: Italy
John Dennison .... re-recording mixer
John Dennison .... sound supervisor
Mary Dennison .... sound liaison: AudioLoc
Bruce Emery .... sound consultant: Dolby
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Rick Gould .... adr recordist
Charlotte Gray .... sound assistant
Kimberly Harris .... adr supervisor: Los Angeles
Paul Huntingford .... foley artist
Dan Johnston .... foley artist (as Daniell Johnston)
Dan Johnston .... foley editor (as Daniell Johnston)
Danny Longhurst .... adr recordist: Sydney
Danny Longhurst .... sound effects editor
Duncan McAllister .... foley recordist
John Midgley .... production sound mixer
Linda Murdoch .... adr supervisor: London
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Sean O'Reilly .... sound effects editor
Clive Osborne .... sound maintenance
Tony Vaccher .... dialogue editor
Tony Vaccher .... re-recording mixer
Tony Vaccher .... sound supervisor
Danielle Wiessner .... adr supervisor
Martin Seeley .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects technician
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Jan Staines .... special effects technician
Jamie Weguelin .... special effects technician
David Johns .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
Dan MacIntyre .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
Martin 'Marty' McLaughlin .... snow effects floor supervisor (uncredited)
Stephen Shelley .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
Jonathan Wilson .... special effects trainee (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Simon Alberry .... i/o scanning/recording supervisor: EFilm Australia
Justin Alvarez .... compositor: FSM
Viv Baker .... compositor: FSM
David Booth .... compositor: FSM
Tina Braham .... visual effects assistant producer: FSM
Brad Dunn .... compositor: EFilm Australia
Rebecca Dunn .... digital supervisor: EFilm Australia
Steve Dunn .... visual effects producer: FSM (as Stephen Dunn)
John Durney .... compositor: EFilm Australia
Leo Gomez .... i/o operator: EFilm Australia
Matthew T. Griffin .... compositor: EFilm Australia (as Matthew Griffin)
May Lo .... i/o operator: EFilm Australia
Peter Luczak .... i/o operator: EFilm Australia
Peter Polyzoidis .... compositor: EFilm Australia
Doug Roberts .... compositor: EFilm Australia
Leonie Savvides .... digital matte designer
Leonie Savvides .... visual effects consultant
Robert Stollar .... compositor: EFilm Australia
Phil Stuart-Jones .... lead compositor: FSM
Phil Stuart-Jones .... visual effects supervisor: FSM
Takahiro Suzuki .... compositor: EFilm Australia
Ben Tanti .... i/o operator: EFilm Australia
David Tindale .... compositor: FSM
Henry Yekanians .... i/o senior operator: EFilm Australia
Paddy Eason .... on-set visual effects supervisor: CIS London (uncredited)
Hugh Macdonald .... on-set visual effects supervisor: CIS London (uncredited)
Naomi Mitchell .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Glenn Marks .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Grant Adams .... director of photography: second unit/epk
Grant Adams .... steadicam operator
Mickey Bergstrom .... video assist: Italy (as Michele Bergstrom)
Massimo Bertucci .... gaffer: Italy
Mark Clayton .... gaffer
Sergio De Luca .... first assistant camera: Italy
Justin Denchfield .... additional electrician
Enrico Faccio .... electrician
Mark Goldeman .... rigger (as Mark Godleman)
Benny Harper .... best boy
George Hobbs .... rigger
Gary Hutchings .... key grip
Henry Landgrebe .... second assistant camera
Simon Muir .... grip apprentice: FT2
Lee Parfitt .... additional electrician
David Price .... standby rigger (as Dave Price)
Carlo Rinaldi .... second assistant camera: Italy
Paul Snell .... central loader
Laurie Sparham .... stills photographer
Mark Stibbs .... additional electrician
Paolo Tiberti .... key grip: Italy
Simon Tindall .... first assistant camera
Tony Tyler .... genny operator
Jack Warrender .... video assist
Andy Woodcock .... grip apprentice
Steve Young .... electrician
Luke Cairns .... additional loader (uncredited)
Romualdo Nati .... flight head technician: Italy (uncredited)
Barnaby Sweet .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Robert Sterne .... casting associate
Rose Wicksteed .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheara Abrahams .... costume design assistant
Sarah Charman .... costume department trainee
Marco de Magalhães .... wardrobe master (as Marco De Magalhaes)
Nigel Egerton .... wardrobe supervisor: crowd
Veronica Fragola .... seamstress: Italy
Helen Ingham .... key dresser
Joanne Mosley .... costume assistant
Rosanna Normanton .... costume assistant
Debbie Scott .... assistant costume designer
Kirsty Wilkinson .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Luca de Franceschi .... second assistant editor (as Luca De Franceschi)
Robert Fait .... digital retouching
Olivier Fontenay .... digital intermediate colorist: EFilm Australia
Jamie Hediger .... assistant colorist: EFilm Australia
Louise Kan .... first assistant editor
Meera Lawrence .... post-production assistant: Jane Campion
James Sdrinis .... digital intermediate conformer: EFilm Australia
Rita Walsh .... post production assistant: Jan Chapman
Clare Young .... post-production assistant: Jan Chapman
Catherine Williams .... sync dailies (uncredited)
Leroy Wolf .... color timer (uncredited)
Location Management
Stefania Antonini .... location manager: Italy
Akshay Desai .... location assistant
Michael Harm .... location manager
Robin Melville .... location manager: Italy
Francesco Tatò .... assistant location manager: Italy
Aurelia Thomas .... assistant location manager
Emma Woodcock .... location manager (uncredited)
Emma Woodcock .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Samuel Barnett .... musician: voice, human orchestra
Mark Bradshaw .... musician: voice, human orchestra
Tim Bruniges .... musical treatments
Erica Englert .... musician: voice, duet
Simon Leadley .... score mixer
Sonja Schebeck .... musician: violin
Stela Solar .... musician: cello
John Stevanoni .... assistant engineer
Isidore Tillers .... musician: viola
David Trumpmanis .... music recording engineer
Lathika Vithanage .... musician: violin
Ben Whishaw .... musician: voice, human orchestra
Cameron Woodhouse .... musician: voice, human orchestra
Transportation Department
Noel Allen .... unit driver
Martin Clay .... driver: facility
Mark Crowley .... unit driver
Adrian Davies .... facility captain (as Adrian 'Coch' Davies)
Allison Drury .... unit driver
Ergun Halil .... unit driver
Dave Lovell .... driver: facility
George Mackenzie .... unit driver
Paul Revill .... driver: facility
Jason Rush .... driver: facility
Karen Russell .... driver: minibus
Steve Smith .... driver: minibus
Other crew
Sharon Alexander Richardson .... unit nurse: Italy (as Sharon Della Richardson)
Sarah Alexander .... assistant: Jan Chapman
Jackie Archer .... producer: titles
Cherrell Avery .... consultant: calligraphy
Tatiana Basili .... assistant crowd marshall: Italy
Barbara Berkery .... dialogue coach: pre-production, Mr. Schneider
Anni Browning .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Oliver Butler .... floor runner
Jane Campion .... research: from Andrew Motion's biography "Keats"
Irène Carasso .... subtitles: original version with French subtitles
Amy Carr .... legal manager: Screen Australia
Tania Chambers .... chief executive: NSWFTO
Jan Chapman .... script consultant
Emma Clarke .... senior production executive: UK Film Council
James Clarke .... finance director: Pathé
Leonard Crooks .... head: New Cinema Fund, UK Film Council (as Lenny Crooks)
Maurizio Cusano .... crowd marshall: Italy
Emma Davie .... unit publicist
Steve Dent .... horses & carriages
Paul Desira .... runner: rushes
Pierre Du Plessis .... deputy managing director: Pathé
Graham Easton .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Danny Edwards .... catering assistant: Bon Appetit
Elizabeth Every .... chaperone: Edie Martin (as Liz Every)
Elizabeth Every .... tutor: Edie Martin (as Liz Every)
Bridget Fogarty .... floor runner trainee
Lara Ford .... manager: edit facility, Guillotine
Helen Giles .... business affairs: BBC Films
Gerry Grennell .... dialogue coach
Miranda Harcourt .... drama coach: children
Bev Harris .... catering assistant: Bon Appetit
Andrea Iacobelli .... production assistant: office, Italy
Andrea Iacobelli .... production assistant: set, Italy
Mark L'Argent .... consultant: calligraphy
Gordon MacPhail .... production liaison: EFilm Australia
Layla Mall .... assistant production coordinator
Joy Maxwell Davis .... unit nurse (as Joy Maxwell-Davis)
Fiona McGuire .... physical production: Pathé
Clare Mirabello .... legal services: Australia, Tresscox Lawyers
Paola Morabito .... assistant: Jane Campion
Andrew Motion .... advisor
Jack Murphy .... choreographer
Chris Oliver .... investment manager: Screen Australia
Heather Oxenham .... project manager: Screen Australia
Miguel Pariente .... second assistant accountant: UK
Marco Valerio Pugini .... chief executive officer: Panorama Films, Italy
Amanda Pyne .... production finance: UK Film Council
Emile Rademeyer .... title designer
Rozza Reader .... chef: Bon Appetit
Mike Runagall .... international sales: Pathé
Donald Sabourin .... production coordinator
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France (redux version )
Muriel Sauzay .... international sales: Pathé
Kat Slowik .... production accountant: Australia
Andy Soane .... catering assistant: Bon Appetit
Trevor Stanley .... production accountant: UK
Tom Stevenson .... floor runner
Heather Storr .... script supervisor
David Sutcliffe .... health and safety officer (as Dave Sutcliffe)
Géraldine Sérafini .... assistant production coordinator (as Geraldine Serafini)
Tracey Taylor .... first assistant accountant: UK
Karen Telfer .... administrator: development and investment, NSWFTO
Jan Thornton .... production liaison: EFilm Australia
Katharine Tidy .... home economist
Linda Tizard .... head: development and investment, NSWFTO
Karen Tran .... title designer
Jean-Pierre Vincent .... press attache: France
Matthew Vizard .... delivery coordinator: BBC Films
Matthew Vizard .... production coordinator: BBC Films
Benedetta Von Normann .... production coordinator: Italy
Claire Warnes .... senior business affairs executive: UK Film Council
Andreas Wiseman .... production runner
Michael Wood .... production executive: BBC Films
Wendy Woodbridge .... assistant choreographer
Jacopo Addini .... set production assistant: Italy (uncredited)
George Pank .... business and legal affairs: Pathe (uncredited)
Steve Wentworth .... floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
Deidre Coleman .... with thanks to
Karen Colston .... with thanks to
Demelza Donohoo .... with thanks to
Harvey Edgington .... with thanks to: The National Trust
Christine Edzard .... with thanks to: Sands Films
Thea Goodsell .... with thanks to
Vicci Harper .... with thanks to (as Viccy Harper)
Simon Lord .... with thanks to: OUP
Andrew Motion .... acknowledgement: Jane Campion thanks for his beautiful biography
Jack O'Rourke .... with thanks to
Stephen O'Rourke .... with thanks to
Beth Pattinson .... with thanks to
Catherine Payling .... with thanks to: Keats-Shelley house Rome
Neil Peres Da Costa .... with thanks to: Sydney Conservatorium of Music (as Dr. Neil Peres Da Costa)
Andrew Peterkin .... with thanks to
Keith Robin .... with thanks to
Ruth Robin .... with thanks to
Brian Rosen .... with thanks to
Tanya Seghatchian .... with thanks to
Olivier Stockman .... with thanks to: Sands Films
Peter Walker .... acknowledgement: Jane Campion thanks for his poetry talks
Jane Wright .... with thanks to
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking
119 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Brazil:10 | Canada:G (British Columbia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-3 | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:PG | Japan:G | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #45535)

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The Hyde House and Estate in Hyde, Bedfordshire substituted for the Keats House in Hampstead. Jane Campion decided that the Keats House (also known as Wentworth Place) was too small and "a little bit fusty".See more »
Errors in geography: The large blue butterflies featured in the 'butterfly' sequence are tropical and would not have been found in Britain at that (or any other recent) time.See more »
[first lines]
[general chatter]
Mrs. Brawne:Hello, Joy.
Dilke Maid:Hello.
Mrs. Brawne:Is all well?
Dilke Maid:Very good, thank you.
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40 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
"Bright Star" is Jane Campion's least graphic film, but it's also one of her most passionate, 4 October 2009
Author: Benedict_Cumberbatch from United States

"Bright Star" is not only one of the best films of the year, but also Jane Campion's return to top form. Possibly the most acclaimed female director of her time, thanks to early strong and praised works such as "Sweetie" (1989), "An Angel At My Table" (1990) and particularly "The Piano" (1993), the truth is that Campion hasn't had a real critical or commercial success since... "The Piano". "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996), her adaptation of the Henry James novel, had a stellar cast, but was almost universally ignored; "Holy Smoke!" (1999), with Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel, had its moments, but failed to impress anybody; and "In the Cut" (2003) was easily her worst film (but far from a disaster). The fact that Campion managed to remain such a respected name all these years even though not being the most prolific or successful filmmaker proves how influential and fascinating she is. She became some sort of figure for all the major female filmmakers from the past two decades and developed a very personal style marked by strong female sexuality (often, repressed), told with visual lyricism. She may be considered a feminist, but not the obviously preachy type, because her work flows like good cinema, and not as a heavy-handed gender discussion.

"Bright Star" is a tragic love story, beautifully directed, acted, photographed and written. Is it a revolutionary or innovative film? No. But the power of its lyricism and unabridged romanticism is infinitely touching. Anyone familiar with 19th century poet John Keats knows that he died of tuberculosis at 25 (and this is no major spoiler, since it's mentioned in every synopsis of the film), so we know the love birds are not going to live happily ever after. Campion centers on the three-year romance between Keats (a discreet and charming Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish, magnificent); their passion and the issues that prevented them from being together. Whishaw fits Keats' shoes perfectly, even if he might seem a little too low key at times. Paul Schneider ("All the Real Girls"), who's becoming one of the great American character actors, plays the villain as Charles Armitage Brown, Keats' friend who will do whatever he can to keep him away from Fanny. Kerry Fox ("Shallow Grave", "Intimacy"), unforgettable as Janet Frame in Campion's "An Angel At My Table", plays Mrs. Brawne, and Edie Martin is simply adorable as Fanny's little sister Toots. But this is Abbie Cornish's show all the way. This 27 year-old Australian first impressed me opposite Heath Ledger in 2006's "Candy", and here she shows her full potential. Her Fanny is simply incandescent - a terrific performance that could culminate in Oscar glory. For all romantics and admirers of good cinema, "Bright Star" is what Keats himself would call 'a thing of beauty... a joy forever' - intoxicatingly beautiful. 10/10.

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