Jane Campion on her new film, 'Bright Star'by Euan Kerr, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — "Bright Star," the new film from Oscar-winning director Jane Campion, has a Minnesota connection. It's distributed by Apparition, a new company co-founded by Minneapolis native Bill Pohlad.
"Bright Star" tells the story of the passionate but demure love affair between the Romantic poet John Keats and a young seamstress named Fanny Brawne. They longed to marry, but Keats was penniless, and then died at 25 of tuberculosis.
Jane Campion won the best director Oscar for "The Piano." She told MPR's Euan Kerr she was frustrated that she didn't "get" poetry, so began reading biographies of great poets, including Keats.
- All Things Considered, 09/18/2009, 6:20 p.m.