London 1818: a secret love affair begins between 23 year old English poet, John Keats, and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of fashion. This unlikely pair started at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, she unimpressed by literature in general. It was the illness of Keats’s younger brother that drew them together.
Bright Star played at the 2009 Heartland Film Festival in the Sneak Peaks Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award Winners Sidebar.
Sample F.I.L.M. Curriculum Questions:
How does seeing the movie through Brawne’s eyes inform your opinion of Keats? What are the pros and cons of having the story told through Brawne’s eyes?
Although Bright Star is a period piece, it shares some universal themes. What themes in the film are universal and in what ways did you identify with them?