May 29, 2023

It’s Forbidden Love In First Trailer For Francis Lee’s Ammonite


Forbidden love prevails in the first Trailer for Francis Lee’s Ammonite starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. The much anticipated follow up film to God’s Own Country, a film that was set to premiere at the now cancelled Cannes Film Festival, now heading to Toronto Film Festival.

Like his debut film, this film is once again is been a film that should be in the running for The Oscars. Could this film be the film finally get Lee Oscar glory?

Kate Winslet stars  as paleontologist and fossil hunter Mary Anning. She befriends young woman played by Ronan who at first she clashes with but slowly forms a bond that becomes an passionate affair.

This looks like a film that could easily compliment Portrait Of A Lady On Fire. It shares similar parallels to critically acclaimed film from the era and to two women involved in a lesbian affair. The film does come with controversy, with Anning’s living family members saying there was no ‘evidence’  that Mary was gay. Lee has stated the film isn’t a biopic but inspired by her life…

Related: Blu-ray Review – God’s Own Country (2017)

In 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognised fossil hunter Mary Anning works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte, she cannot afford to turn his offer down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship.

The film also includes Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secareanu, and Fiona Shaw.

Lionsgate Films will be releasing Ammoninte in the UK but no release date has been confirmed yet. Neon Pictures will release the film in USA from 13th November.

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