1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.


Francis Lee


Francis Lee
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah White Sarah White ... Museum Cleaning Woman
Liam Thomas ... Museum Workman
Sam Parks ... Curator
Kate Winslet ... Mary Anning
Gemma Jones ... Molly Anning
Fiona Shaw ... Elizabeth Philpot
Claire Rushbrook ... Eleanor Butters
Alec Secareanu ... Dr. Lieberson
James McArdle ... Roderick Murchison
Saoirse Ronan ... Charlotte Murchison
Nick Pearse ... Three Cups' Waiter
Victoria Elliott ... Three Cups' Maid
Beatrice Curnew Beatrice Curnew ... Party Guest
Susie Baxter Susie Baxter ... Party Guest
Gethin Alderman ... Party Guest


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. Written by See-Saw Films

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Rated R for graphic sexuality, some graphic nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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Kate Winslet said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she choreographed her sex scenes with her costar Saoirse Ronan for this film. "It's definitely not like eating a sandwich," Winslet said. "I just think Saoirse and I, we just felt really safe. Director Francis (Francis Lee) was naturally very nervous. And I just said to him, 'Listen, let us work it out.' And we did. 'We'll start here. We'll do this with the kissing, boobs, you go down there, then you do this, then you climb up here.' We marked out the beats of the scene so that we were anchored in something that just supported the narrative. I felt the proudest I've ever felt doing a love scene. And I felt by far the least self-conscious." See more »


The ichthyosaur and ammonite fossils shown at the beginning are too light and too easily moved to be real fossils, and are clearly reproductions made of a much lighter material. See more »


Elizabeth Philpot: You know you can always ask me for help.
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Gesellschafts - Walzer, Op. 5
Composed by Johann Strauss Sr. (as Johann Strauss Snr.)
Arranged by John Mortimer
Performed by David Juritz, Ben Hancox and James Boyd
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A wind swept tale of forbidden love.
3 December 2020 | by samratsingraurSee all my reviews

Ammonite excavates the depths of intense lesbian romance. Strong acting would be an understatement. There are a few twists and turns along the way, some of them even predictable but Winslet's authentic performance as her meticulous, passionate character along with the performance of Ronan, keeps us rapt. The film has a captivating cinematography with stark physical beauty and colour palette of the beaches, sets and constumes. However, despite the plot being quite stretched out, Director doesn't fails to deliver a heartwarming and memorable experience.

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Release Date:

13 November 2020 (USA) See more »

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Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, UK See more »


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$87,552, 15 November 2020

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