Today, “Bright Star‟– the film by award-winning Director Jane Campion depicting the life of romantic poet John Keats – premieres as the Centrepiece Gala of the London Film Festival, sponsored by the Mayor of London. Keats died of tuberculosis aged just 25.
The UK Coalition to Stop TB and RESULTS UK congratulate Jane Campion and the actors on their film and welcome the attention this will bring to a centuries-old disease.
Speaking on behalf of the UK Coalition, RESULTS UK Executive Director Aaron Oxley said: “In 1821 John Keats died of consumption. In 2010 two million people will die from TB. This modern-day epidemic teams up with HIV – another of the world’s biggest killers – and has emerged in deadly drug-resistant forms, claiming the young lives of millions of men and women every year.
“It doesn’t take a miracle to stop TB. With the right funding and political will we can do it. The UK Coalition to Stop TB, a cross-sector network of NGOs, media, private sector and academia, is working with coordinated actions and one voice so that other ‘bright stars’ do not die prematurely from this disease.”
There is more TB in the world today than ever before: over 9 million new cases every year. TB has a close association with poverty and is also the leading cause of death among people living with HIV. More than 5,000 people die of TB every day. Yet TB is preventable and curable.
Bright Star goes on general release on 6th November, and on 19th November 2009, the UK Coalition and RESULTS UK will host a reception at Keats House followed by a special screening of the film at the Everyman Hampstead. For more information contact Ellis Brooks on 01926 435 430.