In-Depth Interviews with Director Jane Campion and Paul Schneider for "Bright Star" 


Not to sound cliche but it was truly a delight meeting Jane Campion, one of the three women directors to be ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar (the other two were Lina Wertmuller in 1976 for "Seven Beauties" and Sofia Coppola for 2003's "Lost in Translation").

Borrowing from the great romantic poet, John Keats, the subject of the director's "Bright Star," interviewing Campion was a thing of beauty and will definitely be a joy forever.

Campion was smart, provocative, brilliant. She hinted on quitting making movies right after 2003's "In the Cut." That would have been a tragedy.

So thank you to my friends at Palm Springs International Film Society for making these interviews happened. Actor Paul Schneider, who perfected a Scottish accent to play Keats' confidante, Charles Armitage Brown, was also a pleasure to talk to.

To read my review of "Bright Star," click here.

Here's my interview with Campion. We talked about:

*** Her inspiration for the film "Bright Star"
*** Why she waited long before making a follow-up film for 2003's "In the Cut"
*** She almost quit the business of making movies!
*** Her strong women characters
*** Making a film based on her script vs. someone else's script
*** She explains the line "there's a holiness to the heart's affections"
*** Her romantic impulse
*** Working with the luminous Abbie Cornish
*** What she thinks of Anna Paquin now, and her "True Blood" fame? She helped Paquin win her Oscar in 1993 for "The Piano."

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And here's Schneider. We talked about:

*** Great film choices -- in just 2 years, he starred in "The Assassination of Jesse James," "Lars and the Real Girl," "Away We Go," and "Bright Star" -- all great movies!
*** His involvement with the film
*** How he prepared for his character
*** Working with Campion
*** Working on the hit NBC show, "Parks & Recreation"



"Bright Star"

Genres: Art/Foreign, Drama, Romance, Adaptation and Biopic
Running Time: 1 hr. 59 min.
Release Date: September 18th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking.

Visit the film's official site right here.

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