Director Francis Lee, who has previously opened up about being a ‘queer filmmaker’, looks set to inspire with the new movie, which follows the romance between paleontologist Mary Anning and geologist Charlotte Murchison.
Ahead of the release, Stonewall has called for historical films like Ammonite to use ‘authentic’ voices behind the camera – from LGBT historians to organisations – to ensure similar movies reflect the true experience of those watching.
Jeff Ingold, Head of Media, Stonewall said: ‘Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people have always existed, but our stories are often not told or made invisible.
‘That’s why it’s important we celebrate LGBT history, and mainstream films can a crucial part of recognising and remembering the various lesbian, gay, bi and trans figures who have paved the way for us.
‘Representation of LGBT people on-screen is vital in allowing people to see themselves reflected in what they watch, and know that they have a place in the world.
‘While we can’t comment on the historical accuracy of Ammonite, it’s important to remember that lesbians continue to be seriously underrepresented in mainstream film and TV. Too often lesbian characters struggle to make it through a full season or two on television.
‘Having mainstream lesbian representation not only helps increase understanding of what it means to be a lesbian, films can also provide characters and storylines that lesbian people can relate to.
‘We know we need to go further and have more, and better, representation of people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
‘More LGBT people on-screen means more role models for LGBT people off-screen and can lead to greater acceptance.
‘But it’s crucial this is done in an authentic way, involving LGBT professionals, historians and organisations from across the industry to truly reflect the experiences of LGBT people.’
Lee previously defended the movie against critics who claim that the love story between Anning and Murchison has been ‘made up’.
‘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.’
He added at the time: ‘I would now love to get on with the business of actually making a new film which I hope you will like.’
It has also been revealed that Kate and Saoirse choreographed the sex scenes.
Sharing her experience of filming the same-sex love scenes, Kate told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘It’s definitely not like eating a sandwich. Saoirse and I choreographed the scene ourselves.’
The actress went on to reveal that Lee was ‘naturally very nervous’ about the romantic scenes.
Revealing how she took the reins, Kate explained: ‘I just said to him, “Listen, let us work it out”. And we did.’
She added: ‘I mean, 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 on Ammonite. And I felt by far the least self-conscious.’
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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Credit: Original article published here.