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Mary Shelley (2017)

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Airs Mon. Feb. 18, 10:00 AM on SHOW

Life and facts of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who at 16 met 21 year old poet Percy Shelley, resulting in the writing of Frankenstein.


Haifaa Al-Mansour


Emma Jensen, Haifaa Al-Mansour (additional writing by)
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3 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Ben Hardy ... John Polidori
Maisie Williams ... Isabel Baxter
Elle Fanning ... Mary Shelley
Bel Powley ... Claire Clairmont
Tom Sturridge ... Lord Byron
Stephen Dillane ... William Godwin
Douglas Booth ... Percy Shelley
Joanne Froggatt ... Mary Jane Clairmont
Hugh O'Conor ... Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Derek Riddell ... William Baxter
Ciara Charteris ... Harriet Shelley
Stuart Graham ... Publisher
Jack Hickey ... Thomas Hogg
Sarah Lamesch ... Eliza
Donna Marie Sludds


In 1814, Regency-era London, Mary Wollstonecraft-Godwin is a 16 year old aspiring writer working in the bookshop of her father, renowned writer William Godwin, now re-married to Mary Jane Clairmont after the passing of his first wife, philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary Jane's daughter, Claire Clairmont and Mary have become close stepsisters. Whilst visiting Scotland at the house of one of William's friends, Mary meets the 21 year old poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and an instant attraction sparks between them. Returning to London a little time later, Mary unexpectedly meets Percy again when he appears at her house, asking William to take him on as an apprentice. Fascinated by Percy, Mary begins a bohemian and torrid relationship with him, despite the opposition of her father and her stepmother, especially after they discover Percy is married with a daughter whom he supports but no longer loves. Determined to be free and live on her own terms, Mary flees with Percy to live together, ... Written by Chockys, updated by Shannon Britton-Jones

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The Life That Inspired Frankenstein See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality and thematic elements including substance abuse | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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UK | Luxembourg | USA



Release Date:

6 July 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Shelley See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,570, 27 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$97,321, 8 July 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,787,083, 4 September 2018
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elle Fanning plays an older sister of Bel Powley here, but in real life Fanning is six years younger than Powley. See more »


When Mary is in Scotland and the lumberjacks are "chopping wood", the axe hits are heard instantly as the axes hit the wood, without the delay that would result from sound having to travel to where the main characters are walking. See more »

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A captivating story
4 August 2018 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of Mary, the daughter of two literary stars. The story concentrates on her life, and the circumstances which inspired her famous story "Frankenstein".

The story is very good because it captures emotions wonderfully. From love, jealousy, loneliness, disappointment, arrogance and despair, emotions are skilfully displayed on screen. I find the story captivating, and I am drawn to the characters' less than fortunate world.

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