Today, ‘Bright Star’– the film by award-winning Director Jane Campion depicting the life of romantic poet John Keats – will be shown at a charity screening by the UK Coalition to Stop TB and RESULTS UK at the Hampstead Everyman (8.30 – 10.30pm).
Keats died of tuberculosis aged just 25. The film ‘Bright Star’ tells the story of his love affair with next-door neighbour Fanny Brawne, whom he met while living in Hampstead, nursing his younger brother Tom, who also had tuberculosis.
The UK Coalition to Stop TB and RESULTS UK will host a pre-film reception at Keats House (6.00 – 8.00pm), where Keats was resident from 1818 – 1820, for members of the political, health, media and acting communities.
Glenda Jackson MP will attend as well as actors who have appeared in television adaptations of Jane Austen – who was believed to have died of TB. They will be joined by members of the Department for International Development (DFID) which provides funding for TB, and people working in public health to control and eventually eradicate this ancient 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. There is more TB in the world today than ever before.
“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.”
Much of ‘Bright Star’ is set at Keats House. It was here that Keats wrote some of his most memorable poetry including ‘Ode to a Nightingale’.