Mary Anning biopic ‘Ammonite’ set for release in 2021

Kate Winslet pauses for hair and makeup on the set of ‘Ammonite’ in Lyme Regis in March 2019 (photo by Richard Austin)

MARY Anning biopic ‘Ammonite’, which was partly filmed in Lyme Regis in 2019, is now set for release in 2021.

Film magazine Empire announced that the movie, starring Kate Winslet as Lyme Regis’ famous fossil hunter Mary Anning, would arrive in UK cinemas in 2021, with its release having been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The film will focus on class and same-sex relationships, with working-class Anning forming a close bond with the more privileged Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan.

Director Francis Lee, best known for his acclaimed debut ‘God’s Own Country’, has given an exclusive interview to Empire explaining why he was drawn to the story of Mary Anning.

The first glimpse of Saoirse Ronan on the set of ‘Ammonite’ (photo by Richard Austin)

He told Empire: “The image of her struck me very strongly. Totally working-class woman, born on the bones of her arse, yet somehow she managed to rise to be the leading palaeontologist of the century.”

“I’m very fascinated by deep, intimate, human relationships. One of the things I really look for in stories is to be able to explore a romantic relationship between two people of the same gender where the main issues aren’t around the difficulties of sexuality.”

You can read the full interview in the Big Screen preview issue of Empire, along with an exclusive still from the film.

Scenes for ‘Ammonite’ were shot in Lyme Regis in March 2019, with many areas of the town transformed into an 1800s set.

The much-anticipated film, which was recently screened as part on an online version of the Cannes Film Festival, is expected to create a tourism boom on its release.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

1 Comment

  1. I wonder if local people are interested in news of a film which
    a) compensated the town very poorly for the disruption it’s production caused and
    b) makes inaccurate claims about the private life of one of Lyme’s most celebrated historical figures in order to foist a “progressive” agenda on an unsuspecting public?

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