THE much-anticipated ‘Ammonite’ film, based on the life of Lyme Regis fossil hunter Mary Anning, will go on general release on March 26.
The movie has been three years in the making, with director Francis Lee – best known for the award-winning ‘God’s Own Country’ – reminiscing on Twitter last week about his first research trip to Lyme Regis back in January 2018.
He said he went on a fossil hunting walk with local expert Paddy Howe and returned home “inspired” and wrote the first draft script for the film.
On this day 2018 I went to Lyme Regis on my 1st research trip for what would become @AmmoniteMovie I went on a fossil hunting walk with Paddy Howe, walked the beaches and Cobb and ate a pasty in the rain. Inspired I went back to Yorkshire and wrote the first draft script ❤️ pic.twitter.com/NUCYuolhzI
— Francis Lee (@strawhousefilms) January 8, 2021
Now the ‘Ammonite’ release date has been announced as Friday, March 26 2021 in the UK – two years after scenes were filmed in Lyme Regis. It is hoped that cinemas may have reopened following national lockdown by this date.
Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet plays the working class 19th century fossil hunter Mary Anning, as she develops an intense bond with a more privileged young woman, Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan, who is sent to convalesce by the sea. The story will explore the themes of class and same sex relationships
The movie was selected for several film festivals in 2020, many held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, and a preview screening was held in selected UK cinemas as part of the British Film Festival in October.
It was met with rave reviews from film critics, with some describing it as a “cinematic masterpiece”. ‘Ammonite’ has also been listed in a Best Films of 2021 preview by British film magazine ‘Empire’.