December 10, 2009
New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion and actress Abbie Cornish will be on hand for a Q&A to take place between a double-bill of Campion films. "Bright Star," a biopic about poet John Keats (played by Ben Whishaw) costarring Cornish as his neighbor and muse, is followed by "Sweetie," Campion's first feature, a dark comedy that traces the combative relationship between two sisters in a dysfunctional family. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 7:30 p.m. Sat. $10. (310) 260-1528, www.
September 18, 2009 |
"Bright Star" satisfies a hunger we may not have known we had, a hunger for an exquisitely done, emotional love story that marries heartbreaking passion to formidable filmmaking restraint, all in the service of an unapologetically romantic belief in "the holiness of the heart's affections." The affections in question are those of the poet who wrote those words, John Keats, perhaps the greatest of England's 19th century Romantics, and Fanny Brawne, literally the girl next door. They met in 1818, when Keats was 23 and Brawne 18, a little more than two years before his dreadful death from tuberculosis.
September 13, 2009 |
The 19th century gentlewoman Fanny Brawne might have been lost to history were it not for her love affair with the great romantic poet John Keats. Most certainly, Brawne would have been lost to the Twitterati generation were it not for 27-year-old Abbie Cornish's interpretation of her in Jane Campion's "Bright Star," which chronicles her attachment to Keats, who died of tuberculosis at 25. The film opens Friday. "They seemed like two peas in a pod," Cornish says of the couple. "The sense of humor, the sensitivity that was in her was also in him. That was a very rare thing to run into a man like that for her. She grew up in the country.
May 18, 2009 |
Jane Campion has been many things, including the only woman to win the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or and an inspiration, she only recently found out, to Quentin Tarantino, who confided that her success with "The Piano" emboldened him to feel "you could keep your own voice and find an audience." But she never thought she'd end up as a disappointment to the video split operator on her latest film, "Bright Star."
October 26, 2003 |
Jane CAMPION twirls a pigtail and laughs. The director of such genre- and gender-bending movies as "The Piano" and "Holy Smoke" is talking about the time she, her friend Nicole Kidman and producer Laurie Parker thought that they could rule the world or, at least, America with a project they wanted to develop called "In the Cut." "Us girls -- Laurie, Nic and myself -- had this fabulous idea," Campion says. "We were trying to be like moguls.
December 3, 1999 |
When eyes lock and sparks start to fly between Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel in the new movie "Holy Smoke," you can tell that what's brewing isn't your usual Hollywood May-December romance. You know, and not just because it's a Jane Campion film, that something more interesting is in store. Sure enough, the relationship unfolds in strange and unexpected ways in the film--can you imagine a love-smitten Keitel in a dress and lipstick?
December 24, 1996 |
"The Portrait of a Lady" is a marriage of opposites, a potent joining of the dispassionate psychological complexity of the novelist admirers called the Master and an assured and assertive director who relishes the intensity film provides. Like many relationships, it sounds improbable but it succeeds. The redoubtable Henry James, whose nearly 600-page novel was published in 1881, does not readily translate to the screen.
September 29, 1996 |
WEDNESDAY Street Corner Justice. Former detective Marc Singer battles L.A. gangs, vigilante style. One problem: Crooked cop Steve Railsback stands in his way. (Sunset Films International) FRIDAY Bird of Prey. Jennifer Tilly, Richard Chamberlain, Lesley Anne Warren and David Carradine head the cast in the story of a man's quest to avenge his father's murder. (Northern Arts) Bound. A female ex-con and the mistress of a mobster plot to swindle the Mafia out of $2 million.
May 18, 1996 |
Ten years ago Jane Campion made her feature debut with the terrific "Two Friends," which only now is receiving an American release although it is on the same high level of accomplishment as "The Piano" and "An Angel at My Table," albeit on a smaller scale. Made for Australian TV, "Two Friends" took six months to restore, the one 16-mm print struck in 1986 having worn out and been junked years ago.