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The latest from Francis Lee (God’s Own Country) is a love story of great intimacy and candour.

Image from Ammonite

UK-USA-Australia 2020
Dir Francis Lee
With Kate Winslet, Saorsie Ronan, Gemma Jones, Alec Secareanu
Certificate 15
A Lionsgate UK release

In this 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. Francis Lee (God’s Own Country) 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, aided by Stéphane Fontaine’s (A Prophet, Jackie) first-rate cinematography. The film deftly tackles the erasure of women from the history of science, and is woven through with a subtle take on class difference in small-town 19th-century Britain. Yet at its heart, Ammonite is a love story, with Winslet and Ronan excelling in movingly unguarded performances.

Tricia Tuttle, BFI Festivals Director

Also available on BFI Player.

All screenings will have Audio Description.

The Tue 18 May 14:00 Studio and Thu 20 May 17:45 Studio performances will be presented with HoH subtitles for the D/deaf or hard of hearing.