Book to Film Club
Expertly crafted, intimate, intelligently acted film that explores the open secret of Victorian sexuality, with fossil hunter Mary Anning in the spotlight.
Director: Francis Lee
Cast includes: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan
With Book to Film Club Thursday Evening screening
120 Mins / 2020 / UK
In 1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) 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 Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), 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.
Book to Film Club: Thursday 28 October, 7.30pm
Join us to see film adaptations of inspirational books and discuss your opinions in a friendly and open discussion forum after the screenings, hosted by Natalia Christofoletti Barrenha. You can still come along to enjoy the films and the group without having read the books in advance!
Ammonite's original screenplay by the director Francis Lee is a fictionalisation of Anning's life, as in the book 'Remarkable Creatures', by Tracy Chevalier, published in 2009. Also in 2009, the journalist Shelley Emling published a biography of Anning titled 'The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Change the World'.
Although the materials have no direct relation, the idea of October Book to Film Club is to put them in dialogue and discuss the many ways different artworks (whether they are fictional or documentary) depict the life of such an exceptional woman.
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