Bright Star

119 mins
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Kiwi director Jane Campion's (The Piano) drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw)... More

Where to watch Bright Star

Bright Star is available to stream in New Zealand now... More on YouTube and Google TV and Apple TV Store.

Bright Star | Ratings & Reviews

"Breaking through any period-piece mustiness with piercing insight into the emotions and behavior of her characters, the writer-director examines the final years in the short life of 19th-century romantic poet John Keats through the eyes of his beloved, Fanny Brawne, played by Abbie Cornish in an outstanding performance."


"Director Jane Campion has a knack for portraying female characters so intimately that she seems to get beneath their skin. She does it again in Bright Star, an exquisite piece of film-making about the doomed romance between the poet John Keats and his neighbour Fanny Brawne."

The TelegraphThe Telegraph

"Forget The Piano. Jane Campion's calm, subtle and measured film about Keats is the best of her career."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"What Campion does is seek visual beauty to match Keats' verbal beauty. There is a shot here of Fanny in a meadow of blue flowers that is so enthralling it beggars description."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"Easily Campion's best film, it deserves to be remembered as one of the best films ever about love."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"There will be some who may find Bright Star a little too slow and I can understand that feeling. My advice is, nestle back in your big cinema seat with a glass of red wine or a big box of popcorn, make yourself comfortable, and let the romance and poetry wash over you."


"Masterfully put-together, made with confidence, intelligence and command."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Campion has created another resonant paean to love’s pain and joy, and gives new life to John Keats, too often now associated with dusty school books."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

Bright Star | Details

PG, contains sexual references
Drama, Romance, True Story & Biography
Country of origin
UK, Australia

Bright Star | Trailers