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29 May A literary ‘star’ at Cannes

The Festival de Cannes rolls up its red carpet tomorrow, leaving in its wake a plethora of must-see films. With any luck, some of these will be released in theatres this summer – otherwise, look for them as they travel the festival circuit throughout the year.

One of the films garnering a lot of buzz is Bright Star, by Oscar-winning director Jane Campion. The film tells the story of the doomed love between poet John Keats (played by Ben Whishaw) and his neighbour Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). Keats cuts a tragic figure in his own right – unappreciated poetic genius, dead at age 25 of tuberculosis – and this tale of thwarted love seems to be the icing on the misery cake. But the reviews have been good, and the dark subject matter of Campion’s films is often lightened by her beautiful imagery (think The Piano.)

With any luck, Bright Star will make its appearance in theatres soon – but in the meantime, if you’re curious about Keats and his beloved, a collection of their love letters is available online.

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