A fictionalised account of the life of the 19th century palaeontologist Mary Anning, Winslet plays the pioneering scientist with Ronan as the gentlewoman who falls in love with her while staying in Mary’s beloved Lyme Regis. Lee once again displays his ability to convey vivid textures and a strong sense of place – from the salty seaside cottage and the weight of a fossil or tool, to the roar of the sea – and is aided by Stéphane Fontaine’s (A Prophet, Jackie) first rate cinematography. Deftly taking in the erasure of women from the history of science, the film is also woven through with an unusually subtle take on class difference in small town 19th-century Britain and its subversion within the exclusive company of women. Yet at its heart, Ammonite is a love story – one of great intimacy and candour – with Winslet and Ronan excelling in movingly unguarded performances.
UK distribution Lionsgate
Audio Description available at all BFI Southbank performances. The screening on Sun 18 Oct 14:20 NFT3 will have HoH subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio, for customers who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.
Ammonite is also screening at additional cinemas on Saturday 17 October. Find a cinema near you.
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