The teaser for the Francis Lee-directed film, which is set to premiere at London Film Festival, shows paleontologist Mary Anning and geologist Charlotte Murchison falling passionately in love – before dealing with the idea that they might have to live their lives apart.
Beginning with a voiceover from Kate, we hear Anning speaking about one of her beloved fossils, explaining: ‘That one was special.
‘Days it took to dig it out, clean it. We couldn’t keep it.’
With Charlotte falling ill, Mary is asked – and paid – by the geologist’s husband to take her in.
‘I’m not looking for an apprentice,’ Mary answers, insisting to Charlotte: ‘Your husband left you.’
However, the bond between the pair is shown to strengthen, with Charlotte falling into Mary’s arms as well as confiding: ‘I don’t want to be alone.’
With the pair doing everything together, from fossil-hunting and living together to attending grand parties, it seems they only have eyes for each other, with Charlotte saying: ‘You were the most fascinating person there tonight and, I think, the most beautiful.’
Kate and Saoirse look set to melt hearts – and potentially break them – as Mary and Charlotte begin to contemplate a life without each other.
‘I don’t want to go back to the life I had before you,’ Charlotte says, before adding: ‘I want this to be different. Our different.’
Well, now we’re emotional.
Fiona Shaw, Gemma Jones, and James McArdle star alongside the actresses in the highly-anticipated upcoming movie, with the synopsis telling fans of the movie: ‘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.’
While there has previously been criticism of the movie, including over the historical accuracy, with a distant ancestor of Anning’s claiming there is ‘no evidence’ of her being gay, director Lee defended the film.
‘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 wrote on Twitter.
‘As a working class, queer film maker, I continually explore the themes of class, gender, sexuality within my work, treating my truthful characters with utter respect and I hope giving them authentic respectful lives and relationships they deserve.’
Ammonite will premiere at this year’s London Film Festival on October 17, and it will be released in UK cinemas next year.
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