Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan search for fossils and find love in the upcoming Francis Lee LGBTQ flick, ‘Ammonite’.

Written by: Danica Creahan – August 26th 2020 4:35 pm pst

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Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan star in the upcoming Francis Lee period picture, Ammonite which will reportedly be making its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. 

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The film, which follows a paleontologist and fossil hunter, Mary Anning, hired to take on the “melancholic” wife of a wealthy tourist as an apprentice, has already picked up some major Oscar buzz. 

The first trailer reveals some major aspects of the plot to look forward to, including a lot of long, longing looks cast between the two heavy-hitting actresses, some even by chill-inducing candlelight. The setting of the story in 1800’s England ensures some fantastic costuming and hairstyling will also be involved. 

The queer nature of the film has drawn some controversy, with a member of the actual Anning family objecting to the representation of Mary Anning as queer. 

Director Francis Lee stood by his decision to portray her in this nature in a statement on twitter: “After seeing queer history be routinely ‘straightened’ throughout culture, and given a historical figure where there is no evidence whatsoever of a heterosexual relationship, is it not permissible to view that person within another context?”

He later added that the film is not intended to be a biopic, but instead draws inspiration from Anning’s life. 

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Joining Ronan and Winslet in the star-studded credits is Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secareanu and Fiona Shaw. The film’s wide release date is TBD. 

Check out the trailer below! 

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Danica Creahan is a student of Journalism at Loyola Marymount University and Intern at AfterBuzz TV with a passion for story-telling and rewatching 90’s TV shows.

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