Film Show: Bright Star

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Date(s) - Tuesday 02/11/2021
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Primrose Hill Community Library


To mark the 200th anniversary of Keats’ death

Bright Star

Starring Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw. Directed by Jane Campion. UK    2009    114 minutes

Hampstead 1818: high-spirited young Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) finds herself increasingly intrigued by the handsome but aloof John Keats (Ben Whishaw), who lives next door to her family friends, the Dilkes.  After reading some of his poetry, Fanny finds herself even more drawn to the taciturn Keats, and, when the young couple themselves become neighbours, they find themselves swept away by powerful new emotions.  However, although he agrees to teach her about poetry, Keats cannot act on his feelings for Fanny, since as a struggling poet he has no money to support a wife, and their unfulfilled passion can only end in heartbreak . . .

“Jane Campion’s beautiful, wistful film Bright Star shows them frozen in courtship, like the young man Keats wrote about in Ode on a Grecian Urn: the youth who is immortalized forever in pursuit of a maid he is destined never to catch”  –  Roger Ebert

Doors open 7.00 pm, Introduction 7.45 pm, Film 8.00 pm

£8.00, in cash, including a glass of wine.

Tickets, up to two per person, on sale at the Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YN (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) or on the door.