New short-film based on young Mary Anning to premiere at virtual festival

A NEW short-film based on the discoveries of Lyme Regis fossil hunter Mary Anning will premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival in April.

‘Sea Dragon’, filmed partially on Charmouth beach, stars Kiara Holley-Paliano in her first on-screen role as a young Mary Anning.

As she makes groundbreaking discovery of the first ichthyosaur skeleton, she finds herself locked in an ideological battle with a devious auctioneer and the soon-to-crumbled views of 19th century England.

The short film also stars Harvey Dean as Mary’s brother Joseph Anning, Nathanial Parker as Mr Fairfax and many local actors in the supporting cast.

‘Sea Dragon’ was directed by James Morgan, whose previous short-film ‘Seven’, set in the Arctic, was long-listed for a BAFTA award.

The film, which has been backed by the Association for Science Education, has been selected to be screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival, which will be held online only from April 7 to 20.

‘Sea Dragon’, which runs for 17 minutes, will be available to screen on Thursday, April 8 and you can purchase tickets here.

The screening comes as the UK awaits the release of the full-length feature film ‘Ammonite’, which stars Kate Winslet as Mary Anning.

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