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WATCH: Saoirse Ronan stars in anticipated first Ammonite trailer


by Jennifer McShane
25th Aug 2020
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Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan star in the anticipated upcoming romantic drama Ammonite, a film about discovery, fossils, and forbidden love


The drama – having already been backed by major festivals Cannes, Telluride, and TIFF – ‘Ammonite’ named after an extinct fossil, tells the story of palaeontologist and fossil hunter Mary Anning, played by Winslet, whose discoveries were often overlooked during her life in the early 19th century.

Once famous for her finds, Anning has put aside her momentous work and resorted to selling basic fossils to visiting tourists, in order to support her ailing mother. Enter Saoirse Ronan, starring as Charlotte Murchinson, a wife suffering in the throes of “melancholia.” When Charlotte’s husband offers Mary a handsome fee to become her wife’s companion, the two embark on a life-changing journey together and an all-consuming love affair.

Directed by the acclaimed Francis Lee (God’s Own County), the film received sparked some controversy when it was announced it would focus on a romance that Anning shared with another woman, Charlotte Murchison (played by Ronan).

“I do not believe there is any evidence to back up portraying her as a gay woman,” family member Barbara Anning said to the Telegraph. Another relative, Lorraine Anning, disagreed saying that “as long as it’s well presented and tastefully done” then it doesn’t matter.

“I was fascinated to set this film in a period that was totally patriarchal,” Lee told Entertainment Weekly, “and where women were completely owned by their fathers or their husbands, and looking at how they live within that world, and also in a world where, at that time, the medical profession believed that women had no sexual-pleasure organs. So, the idea of two women actually in a relationship together was just not a thought anybody ever had within society.”

Ammonite in theatres from November 13th.

Watch the trailer below:


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