A fictionalised account of the life of the 19th century palaeontologist Mary Anning, Kate Winslet plays the pioneering scientist with Saoirse Ronan as the gentlewoman who falls in love with her while staying in Mary’s beloved Lyme Regis.
Following an incredibly popular preview screening last year, we are thrilled to be bringing back director Frances Lee (God’s Own Country) latest film starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Missing out at the Oscars but garnering one BAFTA nomination for Costume Design, this expertly crafted fictionalised account of the life of the 19th century palaeontologist Mary Anning transcends it’s period romance trappings.
Director Francis Lee (God’s Own Country) once again displays his ability to convey vivid textures and a strong sense of place – from the salty seaside cottage and the weight of a fossil or tool, to the roar of the sea – and is aided by Stéphane Fontaine’s (A Prophet, Jackie) first rate cinematography.
Deftly taking in the erasure of women from the history of science, the film is also woven through with an unusually subtle take on class difference in small town 19th-century Britain and its subversion within the exclusive company of women. Yet at its heart, Ammonite is a love story – one of great intimacy and candour – with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan excelling in movingly unguarded performances.
BAFTA: 1 nominee