God’s Own Country (2017) director Francis Lee turns to the life and love of Mary Anning in this exquisite romantic drama.
Famed palaeontologist and fossil collector Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) lives a life of quiet alongside her ailing mother in the beach town of Lyne Regis, Dorset. One day geologist Roderick Murchison (James McArdle) visits Mary’s shop alongside his wife – the melancholic Charlotte (Saoirise Ronan.) Without much debate, Roderdick unscrupulously leaves Charlotte with Mary.
Though initially it is a strained pairing, Mary and Charlotte grow closer over time in this heated and remarkable film.
**** “An absorbing drama that sensationally brings together two superlative performers.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian