Francis Lee’s film Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, tells the fictionalized story of Mary Anning, a nineteenth century palaeontologist, and her love affair with a married woman. This is an absorbing and atmospheric film with two great performances.
Ammonite is Francis Lee’s second feature film after his break-out debut feature God’s Own Country. He won the Directing Award at Sundance in 2017 for his first film. Now, with Ammonite, Francis Lee has been shortlisted for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award, organized in association with the British Film Institute (BFI) to support up-and-coming filmmakers. The film was backed by the BFI and BBC Films with See-Saw Films.
Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) lives a quiet life with her mother in Lyme Regis, a seaside town in Dorset, where she has a