Set in the early Victorian period, Ammonite is a romantic drama based on the life of Mary Anning (Winslet), a long-underappreciated palaeontologist whose fossil finds on the Dorset coastline made major contributions to scientific understanding of prehistoric life.
A wealthy visitor to the area makes Mary an offer she can't refuse, entrusting her with the care of his convalescent wife Charlotte (Ronan). Proud and focused on her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but the distance between their social classes and personalities soon gives way to intense friendship, and perhaps more.
Ammonite is both written and directed by Lee, as with his feature-length 2017 debut God’s Own Country, described in The Times as ‘a Yorkshire Brokeback Mountain’ and universally applauded by critics. Two of its lead actors return for Ammonite – Alec Secareanu (Baptiste) and Gemma Jones (Harry Potter, Bridget Jones’s Diary) – with Winslet and Ronan also joined by Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve) and James McArdle (Mary Queen of Scots).
Filming began in March, much of it set to take place in Anning’s historical hometown of Lyme Regis, Dorset, and we can but wait for Ammonite’s first trailer to be revealed.
|What||Ammonite: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in Francis Lee's second film|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Price||£determined by cinemas|