One costume drama due to be released this year which I hadn’t heard much about up to now is Bright Star, focusing on the relationship between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. This movie is written and directed by Jane Campion, the acclaimed New Zealand director whose previous films include The Piano and The Portrait of a Lady. Ben Whishaw plays Keats, with Abbie Cornish as Fanny and Thomas Sangster, who played the little boy in Love Actually, as Samuel Brawne.
I’ve seen brief mentions in news reports that it’s expected this film will be shown at Cannes this year and possibly released in the UK around June, although there is no firm date as yet. Now I’ve just noticed that there is an official production scrapbook site, which features Jane Campion’s own photographs and brief handwritten notes from her production diary, as well as a video of her giving an acting workshop to children trying out for the part of Toots, which eventually went to Edie Martin. I especially like the love letters and Valentines reproduced on this site.