Ammonite

Friday, March 12 - Wednesday, March 17, 2021

In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught palaeontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself and her ailing widowed mother. When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives in Lyme on the first leg of a European tour, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Mary, whose life is a daily struggle on the poverty line, cannot afford to turn him down but, proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, she clashes with her unwanted guest.They are two women from utterly different worlds. Yet despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realization that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all – consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.

All screenings of AMMONITE feature an exclusive video introduction from filmmaker Francis Lee, recorded to welcome back audiences to IFC Center for our reopening.

  • Country UK
  • Running Time 120 minutes
  • Director Francis Lee
  • Writer Francis Lee
  • Producer Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
  • Editor Chris Wyatt
  • Cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine
  • Cast Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secareanu, Fiona Shaw