I didn't even know Andrew Motion was at all involved or maybe I'd forgotten. I really should read the previous pages of this thread
Wow Denise!!! I didn't think you would take my idea of a petition seriously
serious about it though just not confident enough myself to actually do anything about it. My pessimistic instinct says why would someone like that take notice of a bunch of Keats nerds on a website??
May I say your letter is very well written and intelligent [and a little bit of well deserved flattery for Mr Motion can't do any harm] - I expected nothing less from you.
Seeing that in black and white [or our forum blue and black] kind of makes me a bit wary of the idea. It may never be read or totally ignored, or if Motion did read it I don't think he would have any influence at all over Ms Campion and her team's decision on casting.
Jane Campion, from what I know of her work and casting decisions, is a very determined and strong willed woman and will not just cast some big name star to get funding or anything like that so even if *our* preferred choice for the role is totally ignored I am sure she will find someone who will play the role as SHE envisages it in the screenplay.
Think of this - would you have cast Holly Hunter as a deaf-mute Scottish woman as Ms Campion did on The Piano, or Kate Winslet as an Australian backpacker who gets wrapped up in a religious cult as she did in Holy Smoke, just right after the whole Titanic thing?
Those are some pretty brave and interesting casting decisions.
Just on the movie itself I think this will not be a straight forward "biopic" at all I think, just judging form Campion's previous work I think it will be unusual, exciting, emotionally and psychologically acute and just truthful to the human condition.
Of course all this depends on the script and the cast and crew involved but I have faith in this director and whatever happens I will not miss the film, even if it doesn't star Monsieur Mc Avoy
In my dreams [or nightmares] Andrew Motion would be a regular contributor on this forum [maybe as a moderator on the Help And Homework section
] but he's a busy man, a poet, an academic, a teacher a writer, a probably a man with a family and all that so I'll let him off the hook somewhat.
I feel kind of strange and queasy at the idea of the eye of real Keats experts an academics crawling over our humble little patch laughing at our presumption, our obsessions, our weirdness
May I add though that I wholly support the idea just think that its likely to be ignored. Maybe if we had 10,000 members that all signed a petition but Keats is not Harry Potter and we don't have the numbers to make our voices heard on this.
The sad truth is that Keats, literature and poetry is an [ever-decreasing] minority interest and only the fanatics give a damn quite frankly.
And Denise you don't need to ask my permission before doing this if you do decide to send it, they're your words, not mine.
"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".