Bright Star at Maiden Alley Cinema

Paducah, KY – Bright Star is the story of the secret love affair between 23-year-old English poet John Keats and the outspoken girl-next-door, Fanny Brawne. Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish lay the unlikely lovers, and Jane Campion, director of The Piano, helms this sumptuous drama. Todd Hatton speaks with Larry Thomas about Bright Star, on offer at Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema this week.

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. But when Keats's younger brother falls ill John and Fanny are drawn together. Keats, touched by Fanny's efforts to help care for his brother, agrees to teach her poetry. By the time Fanny's alarmed mother (Kerry Fox) and Keats's best friend Charles Armitage Brown (Paul Schneider) realize their attachment, the relationship had an unstoppable momentum.

Written and directed by Academy Award winner Jane Campion (The Piano), Bright Star is a riveting drama based on the bright-burning three-year romance.

1 HOUR & 59 MINUTES 2009