Brief Encounter

14th June 2013


Nearly seventy years after it was first made, David Lean’s Brief Encounter (1945) has recently been polled as the Best Romantic Film of all time.  Interestingly, the significant conversation about “romance” between Laura and her husband, Fred, turns on a discussion about Keats’ poem: When I have fears that I may cease to be:

When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,

John Keats (1795-1821) has been the inspiration for so many English speakers over the last two centuries and William Morris and the PreRaphaelites were particularly influenced by Keats.  Keats inspired paintings by John Millais and William Holman Hunt, amongst others and, in their writings, both Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris acknowledged Keats’ great influence on themselves and the wider group of the  PreRaphaelite Brotherhood.


The Refreshment room at Carnforth Station recreated as the film set.



carnforth railway clock