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Bright Star

DVD (2008) Region 4 Director : Jane Campion

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
Review by Tara on 18th April, 2012
4 stars "Beautiful story in a beautiful setting"

A love story between John Keats and Fanny Brawne, inspired by the actual love letters sent between them. It's just a beautiful story, laced with some tragic scenes, which make it all the more poignant. Stunning.

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Review by Pip on 18th March, 2012
5 stars "Arguably Jane Campion's finest film."

It's a matter of opinion, but I think this is Jane Campion's finest film so far. Shorn of sentiment and psycho-twaddle, this work excels in the portrayal of people bound by sensibility yet freed by their imagination. The colouration and film images are beautiful, giving lustrous shots of place, landscape and textures. Just be in the moment with this film.

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Preview by Erena on 6th December, 2010
5 stars "Beautiful and charming."

A charming tale of romance supported by wonderful acting and some fantastic costumes. Oh my goodness the costumes! Even the colours, light and and sound make this movie so beautiful and delicate. Perfect gift for your arty loved one.

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Preview by Jolene on 20th December, 2010
5 stars "I love it!"

I rate this movie as high as the notebook. Just beautiful

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Preview by suzanne on 3rd December, 2010
3 stars "I found it to be a bit long and tedious. "

It was slow moving. Acting was quite good. A movie I would not recommend. Could have been shortened.



Re-released on
May 4th, 2011
DVD Region
Region 4
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Length (Minutes)
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
  • Drama
Box Dimensions (mm)
138x190 x15
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID


Set in London in 1818, Bright Star is the tender story of first love between John Keats, the romantic English poet and the girl next door, the stylish, headstrong Fanny Brawne.

Inspired by the actual love letters between the couple and Keats' sublime poetry, Bright Star reveals one of the world's great, untold love stories in this exquisitely beautiful and deeply moving film. Masterfully written and directed by Academy Award winner Jane Campion (The Piano), it stars Australian actress Abbie Cornish in an extraordinary performance that evokes the giddy intoxication of romance, alongside British rising star Ben Whishaw. Keats resides with his boorish friend and patron, Charles Brown (an excellent Paul Schneider) in one half of a Hampstead Heath cottage, neighbouring Fanny, who lives with her widowed mother, sister and brother. To Brown, Fanny is a constant distraction to Keats' work, a feisty minx not afraid to speak her mind. The infatuation that envelops Keats and Fanny in their early meetings grows into a sustaining and joyous love.

Bright Star is not a typical costume drama, Jane Campion has created an enthralling piece of modern cinema, full of passion, wit, ideas and life. Abbie Cornish is magnetic as Fanny, displaying both a mesmerising vitality and a heart-stopping grace. Her chemistry with the superb Whishaw, is pitch perfect. Breathtakingly beautiful, it draws you irresistibly into its world, a world of rare emotional honesty and an unapologetic reverence for romantic love. Bright Star is a triumph on every level, a superlative achievement.

Written and directed by New Zealand's Jane Campion.


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