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Ammonite (15*)

A still from the film Ammonite

Francis Lee follows up God’s Own Country with a film that is every bit as immersive, tactile and emotionally powerful, aided by the devastatingly good Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

Kate Winslet stars as the pioneering 19th century palaeontologist Mary Anning, with Saoirse Ronan as the gentlewoman, who falls in love with Anning while staying in Lyme Regis. 

Francis 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 a 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 Saoirse Ronan excelling in movingly unguarded performances. 

UK 2020 Dir Francis Lee 

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This is a Captioned Screening

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