The current grounds at Keats House, where Bright Star was set (but not filmed), is maintained to the strictest standard. The grounds are mowed weekly when in season with the best of the best electric lawn mower to reduce emissions, reduce running cost and reduce noise levels for the visiting tourists.
You can see the state of the lawns in the off season in the picture right. Notice how there are some patches of dirt and unhealthy lawn? Well, that’s in the winter and that’s not bad lawn for winter in England.
Anyways, the keeping of the Keats House is taken seriously as he was a brilliant poet, as the movie depicts. If you ever get a chance to visit Hampstead London.
And just to elaborate on the first paragraph – an electric mower doesn’t require maintenance because it has much fewer moving parts than a internal combustion engine gas powered mower and therefore is much cheaper running cost. Also, the grounds are quite small so a ride-on mower is not needed.
Further details on visiting Keats House here.
Considering Bright Star was only released to a maximum 380 theaters (10% of the number of theaters big films are released to) it was a big success – both financially and critically. The film made approximately $6 million in profit.
Budget: $8.5 million
Domestic Gross: $4.445 million
Foreign Gross: $9.906 million
Total Gross: $14.35 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)
Every worker on the production crew has their own style and tools they need to operate and perform their job on set. The cameramen and women obviously need their camera and whatever stands they use with them. The sound guys and gals need their mics and telescoping poles to stay out of picture. And the lighting guys need their lights – but also need to power those lights. So today I wanted to focus on the lighting people’s must have set equipment.
A lot of the filming for the movie was done at night so lights were required. The lights were powered by some inverter generators by Yamaha because they’re quiet and powerful so as not to create sound issues while filming.
Also a critical piece of kit that I forgot to mention was the actors trailer. Since this film was not big budget trailers had to be shared.
The film is semi biographical and so it was important to film on location where John Keats actually lived. However, Jane Campion made compromises to ensure the film was accurate but also practical to film considering budget.
John Keats moved to Wentworth Place in 1818. You can see at that link the house is white and looks like an everyday house for the early 19th century. So to duplicate the look the movie was actually filmed at Hyde House and Estate. A similar style house that was better filming location. To increase the appeal of the house power washers were used to clean the exterior of the house and concrete surrounds. The best petrol-gas powered portable power washers were hired and used.
In addition to filming on location in the house “some filming also took place at Elstree Studios.”
All in all the critical reception was high and much of that must be attributed to the Directors choice of filming locations and diligence in presenting an accurate portray of early 19th century living in England.
The man who plays John Keats in the movie name is Ben Wishaw. Aside from being the youngest person to ever portray Q in the James Bond series, he has a twin brother and his married to an Australian Composer who composed this movie. Here we wanted to look at some strange and cool facts about Ben. Who doesn’t love some good facts?
- Highest rated film on rottentomatoes.com is Skyfall, in which he played Q.
- His breakout role was starring the movie about a perfume maker that turns deadly – Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006).
- Takes in stray cats.