Mary Anning biopic ‘Ammonite’ selected for Cannes Film Festival

‘Ammonite’ stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan pictured on set in Lyme Regis (photo by Richard Austin)

MARY Anning biopic ‘Ammonite’ has been selected to be screened as part of the Cannes Film Festival later this month. 

The 73rd festival, initially due to take place in May, was called off this year due to the COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings, but the Cannes Film Market or Marché du Film, will be going online with screenings to be held from June 22 to 26.

Among the first-time screenings will be ‘Ammonite’, starring Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet as Lyme Regis’ famous fossil hunter Mary Anning.

Several scenes from the film, which also stars Saoirse Ronan and is directed by British film-maker Francis Lee, were shot in Lyme Regis last March.

It’s release was expected to bring a tourism boom to Lyme Regis but this has now been delayed due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Burt industry professionals will now be given a first look thanks to the online event.

You can find out more details on the event at

Cannes Film Festival is one of the ‘Big Five’ film festivals, alongside the Venice Film Festival in Italy, the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and the Sundance Film Festival in the United States.

The ‘Big Five’ are internationally acclaimed for giving creators the artistic freedom to express themselves through film and can be a launchpad for success for selected films.

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