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    Loosely based on the later life of paleontologist Mary Anning (1799-1847), Francis Lee’s queer romance movie Ammonite is a clinical but intriguing excavation of historical fact. The film reworks several of Anning’s relationships that are only known to the public through her correspondence, and along the way, it both infers and invents a romantic chronology where one may or may not have existed. Whether strictly factual or broadly truthful in a poetic sense, its approach to queer history as coded, long-buried document is its most exacting facet. But as a story of science, hidden desire, and sparks re-igniting the soul, it’s a languid affair. Kate Winslet plays Anning with a weary resolve that appears to mask a lurking loneliness, much like in the only known portrait of Anning. In fact, much of the film’s design feels like it was extrapolated from this single visual reference. The costumes, especially Anning’s, have...
    KATE Winslet's latest lesbian love scenes see the actress stark naked and screaming in delight alongside on-screen partner Saoirse Ronan in new movie, Ammonite. The Titanic star, 44, previously revealed the film's racy sex antics were specifically choreographed by herself and the Brooklyn actress, 26, and she is "so proud" of them. 8Kate Winslet has been captured acting out her latest lesbian love scenes for new movie AmmoniteCredit: Planet Photos New images released ahead of Ammonite's premiere show reclusive fossil hunter Mary Anning, played by Kate, and younger Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse, lying on the sheets sharing a delicate kiss. Things quickly turn raunchy as they strip completely naked with Kate, 45, lying on her back with her breasts exposed. Her eyes are closed in pleasure and she later muffles a scream of delight. Further shots from the frisky action show the pair's hands all over each others naked...
    After a summer of protest, Americans voted for policing and criminal justice reform Trump drives by supporters showing up for DC march Breaking Down the Costumes of Lesbian Drama ‘Ammonite’ © Photo courtesy of NEON Click here to read the full article. Costume designer Michael O’Connor worked closely with director Francis Lee to create the period look of “Ammonite,” the new drama starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. In conversations, Lee wanted O’Connor to stay away from red, keeping it for scenes of romance and passion between the two lovers. More from Variety Carrie Coon and Jude Law on Being Marvel Action Figures, and Why They Wanted to Work Together on 'The Nest' Mia Threapleton on Debuting in Post-Apocalyptic Chiller 'Shadows' (EXCLUSIVE) New York LGBTQ Film Festival to Open With Francis Lee's 'Ammonite,' Screen Alan Ball's 'Uncle Frank' Set in the mid-19th century, O’Connor used a sea...
    By Lindsey Bahr | Associated Press The new film “Ammonite” unearths the stories of two women buried by history: paleontologist Mary Anning, who in the 19th century made significant prehistoric fossil discoveries along the coast in Southwest England, and geologist Charlotte Murchison, who worked in the area briefly alongside her geologist husband. But instead of illuminating what we know about Mary and Charlotte and their work, in “Ammonite,” writer-director Francis Lee (“God’s Own Country”) takes a footnote from their lives— that they worked together a bit and became friends — and turns it into a passionate affair. While that’s an inspired idea for a piece of historical fiction, “Ammonite” is a mixed bag: exquisitely beautiful, with committed and lived-in performances and bursts of intense eroticism, but also a dreary and oddly empty experience. Kate Winslet, stripped down and serious, plays Anning, who lives with her mother (Gemma Jones) and is...
    (CNN)"Ammonite" joins a long list of forbidden love stories, yielding a movie presented in washed-out tones, which shines principally thanks to Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. The result is a slow-moving, somewhat predictable but finally effective period romance that primarily serves as an old-fashioned testament to star power.Set in the 1840s, the film features Winslet as Mary Anning, an accomplished fossil hunter who plies her trade along the English coastline, selling her discoveries to tourists. Living with her mother (Gemma Jones), she's basically sleepwalking through her hardscrabble existence, other than her work, when she meets Ronan's Charlotte, a wealthy woman afflicted by what her husband unhelpfully describes as "mild melancholia."Said husband (James McArdle) has developed an interest in fossils himself, and after seeking her advice, asks Mary to essentially babysit his bride while he goes off to explore. Resistant at first, Mary -- who harbors her own painful past --...
    At their best, biopics shine light on unjustly ignored historical figures. Mary Anning, played by Kate Winslet in “Ammonite,” fits the bill: A female, working-class fossil collector in the early 19th century, when the field was almost solely the province of wealthy men, she’s now renowned for her groundbreaking discoveries of Jurassic-era marine skeletons. But this film from director Francis Lee (“God’s Own Country”) nudges Anning’s legacy to the side, focusing on her halting romance with a depressed young wife (Saoirse Ronan) who’s been pawned off on Anning, for an unofficial apprenticeship, by a bored husband (James McArdle). Being a lesbian period piece, the film’s earned inevitable comparisons to last year’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” Sure, it’s similar, minus the chemistry, humor and joy. There are definitely corsets in both. Winslet is riveting as always, though, as a work-obsessed misanthrope who finds calcified feces more interesting than the...
    At their best, biopics shine light on unjustly ignored historical figures. Mary Anning, played by Kate Winslet in “Ammonite,” fits the bill: A female, working-class fossil collector in the early 19th century, when the field was almost solely the province of wealthy men, she’s now renowned for her groundbreaking discoveries of Jurassic-era marine skeletons. But this film from director Francis Lee (“God’s Own Country”) nudges Anning’s legacy to the side, focusing on her halting romance with a depressed young wife (Saoirse Ronan) who’s been pawned off on Anning, for an unofficial apprenticeship, by a bored husband (James McArdle). Being a lesbian period piece, the film’s earned inevitable comparisons to last year’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” Sure, it’s similar, minus the chemistry, humor and joy. There are definitely corsets in both. Winslet is riveting as always, though, as a work-obsessed misanthrope who finds calcified feces more interesting than the...
    The new film “ Ammonite ” unearths the stories of two women buried by history: paleontologist Mary Anning, who in the 19th century made significant prehistoric fossil discoveries along the coast in Southwest England, and geologist Charlotte Murchison, who worked in the area briefly alongside her geologist husband. But instead of illuminating what we know about Mary and Charlotte and their work, in “Ammonite,” writer-director Francis Lee (“God’s Own Country”) takes a footnote from their lives— that they worked together a bit and became friends — and turns it into a passionate affair. While that’s an inspired idea for a piece of historical fiction, “Ammonite” is a mixed bag: exquisitely beautiful, with committed and lived-in performances and bursts of intense eroticism, but also a dreary and oddly empty experience. Kate Winslet, stripped down and serious, plays Anning, who lives with her mother (Gemma Jones) and is struggling to get...
    There’s a struggle in how to talk about the sex scenes in Ammonite, in which Kate Winslet stars as early 19th century paleontologist Mary Anning and Saoirse Ronan plays a docile young wife named Charlotte, who connects with Mary intimately and sexually. In any film in which there is a same-sex love scene, especially starring two A-list movie stars, there’s a struggle in how to talk about it. It’s a struggle for the performers themselves. It’s a struggle for critics and writers, especially those who identify as members of the queer community. The sex scene in Ammonite is extremely consequential, revelatory in terms of Mary and Charlotte’s need to evolve and be satisfied as women, and groundbreaking in terms of its physicality and eroticism. It’s a frank look at two people giving into desire with a realism and lack of judgment that still rarely occurs in same-sex romances on film....
    Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan star in "Ammonite." Neon Kate Winslet said she purposely rescheduled shooting the sex scene in "Ammonite" so that it would fall on her costar Saoirse Ronan's birthday.  "I just wanted her to have, frankly, a great memory in her film life, regardless of how the scene played out or the movie turned out," the 45-year-old actress told Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday.  Winslet, who plays a paleontologist that falls in love with a housewife (Ronan) in the 19th century period piece, said she was confident that they'd have a positive experience filming the scene.   "I knew that it would be [great] just because of the experience that we would share together. I knew that it would be very equal," she said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Kate Winslet gave her "Ammonite" costar Saoirse Ronan a one-of-a-kind birthday present.  The 45-year-old Oscar-winning actress...
    Kate Winslet’s new movie “Ammonite” sounds like a cholesterol drug. (“Ask your doctor about Ammonite.”) It’s about Brit paleontologist Mary Anning, who dug up bones and had an affair with another woman, played by Saoirse Ronan. Kate: “She’s an important science figure. Only for her do we know about the early age of dinosaurs and what they ate because she discovered fossilized feces.” Wow-ee! With what’s unfolding now, it’s real great to hear about a dinosaur’s insides. “Ronan and I worked out the love scene together. Theirs was brave for the 1840s, a very oppressed society and how she was herself. Anning’s emotions are tightly held because of the time. She lived a hermit life.” COVID canned a Cannes premiere. The thing opens Nov. 13. More movies. “French Exit” is about an East Sider moving to Paris with her son and cat. Cat turns out to be her late...
    Last month, the Denver Film Festival announced that its 43rd edition would unspool virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, there are a trio of exceptions. During the October 22 to November 8 event, DFF will screen three high-profile flicks using a drive-in format at Red Rocks that was pioneered over the summer for the 2020 Film on the Rocks program. The flicks include Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand, the Winston Duke-Zazie Beetz vehicle Nine Days, and Ammonite, a period romance headlined by Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Denver Film Festival director Britta Erickson says the idea of including in-person screenings as part of this year's offerings was cemented by the success of the Film on the Rocks experiment. "There's no beating the environment of Red Rocks and the way we had such a huge screen up there with our LED system," she allows. "They were pretty evenings."Related Stories...
    SHE is no stranger to stripping off on camera but Kate Winslet went even further with the same-sex scenes in her latest film – by choreographing them herself. Romantic drama Ammonite, out later this year, sees Kate, 44, get steamy with 26-year-old Little Women actress Saoirse Ronan. 11Kate Winslet reveals that what she feels proudest of in her latest film is the lesbian sex scenesCredit: Splash News The film, directed by God’s Own Country’s Francis Lee, is set on the Dorset coast in the 1840s and inspired by the life of reclusive fossil hunter Mary Anning, played by Kate, who finds love with the younger Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse. Kate — who romped with Leonardo DiCaprio in 1997 blockbuster Titanic — says of her latest X-rated action: “Saoirse and I choreographed it. Francis was nervous and I just said, ‘Let us work it out’. “We did, ‘We’ll start here....
    Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan in "Little Women." Sony Saoirse Ronan revealed the "Titanic moment" she had just before Kate Winslet called her about being in the movie, "Ammonite." Ronan said she had just finished the ice pond scene in the 2019 movie "Little Women" with Timothée Chalamet when Winslet called. "I was like, 'This is our "Titanic" moment!' and then Kate called. It's Rose!" Ronan said at a presentation of "Ammonite" at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to Entertainment Weekly. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. It turns out Saoirse Ronan felt linked to Kate Winslet even before they starred in their new movie, "Ammonite." The star said at a virtual presentation of the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival, where "Ammonite" had its world premiere, that Winslet called her about being in the movie the day she filmed a scene with Timothée Chalamet...
    There is, perhaps, no greater film genre than forbidden love.  The Toronto International Film Festival is the annual hallmark of Oscar season that telegraphs what movies you’ll care about, or at the very least watch win dozens of awards all winter and spring. (Green Book premiered there, for context.) That this year’s unprecedented and COVID-dictated virtual festival is centered around that genre fits.  Emotions are more volatile and more untenable than ever. Also, we’re all trapped. Right now, forbidden love is something to be achingly compassionate about, but also a fantasy.NEWSLETTERSThe Daily Beast’s ObsessedEverything we can’t stop loving, hating, and thinking about this week in pop culture.SubscribeBy Clicking "Subscribe" you agree to have read the Terms of Use and Privacy PolicyThe feeling of isolation and a certain kind of emotional claustrophobia haunt Ammonite, the big Oscar play that premiered at TIFF on Friday night.  It’s the movie you’ve already heard...
    KATE Winslet has revealed she was 'excited' to strip naked for lesbian sex scenes with Saoirse Ronan for their new movie. Kate, 44, and Saoirse, 26, star alongside one another in upcoming romantic drama Ammonite, which tells the story of English fossil hunter Mary Anning and the married woman she had a relationship with. 5Kate Winslet has spoken out about the sex scenes she shares with Saoirse Ronan in their new filmCredit: LIONSGATE Kate plays the role of Mary, while Saoirse portrays geologist Charlotte Murchison. Speaking about the racy scenes, Kate told The Hollywood Reporter: "I’m nearly 45, and Saoirse is almost half my age. And to have an opportunity to be my real 40-something self, post-children, you know? "I was just excited to say, 'This is what it is. This is how I am now, and it’s very much not the body I had 20 years ago'." Kate is...
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    Kate Winslet revealed she and "Ammonite" co-star Saoirse Ronan took their sex scene very seriously. So much so, the two actresses "choreographed" it themselves. Winslet explained to The Hollywood Reporter that the film's director, Francis Lee, was "nervous" about how the scene would look. "I just said to him, 'Listen, let us work it out.' And we did," Winslet said. 'AMMONITE' TRAILER FEATURES SAOIRSE RONAN, KATE WINSLET AS PALEONTOLOGISTS FALLING IN LOVE ''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.' I mean, we marked out the beats of the scene so that we were anchored in something that just supported the narrative," the Academy Award-winner described. In the film, which is set in the1840, Winslet plays real-life paleontologist Mary Anning, who falls in love with depressed housewife Charlotte Murchison (Ronan). The two women then begin an affair. The "Titanic" star admitted...
    RNC Day 4: Trump to accept nom at White House Inside Bucks decision to not play vs. Magic Kate Winslet says she choreographed sex scenes in Ammonite with co-star Saoirse Ronan: Its definitely not like eating a sandwich © Provided by INSIDER Kate Winslet (left) and Saoirse Ronan star in "Ammonite." NEON In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kate Winslet revealed that she and co-star Saoirse Ronan choreographed their own sex scenes for their new romantic period drama, "Ammonite." "It's definitely not like eating a sandwich," Winslet described. "I just think Saoirse and I, we just felt really safe. Francis was naturally very nervous. And I just said to him, 'Listen, let us work it out.' And we did."  The film follows the real-life Paleontologist Mary Anning, played by Winslet, who develops a romantic relationship with a much younger married woman played by Saoirse Ronan.  Visit Insider's...
    Kate Winslet (left) and Saoirse Ronan star in "Ammonite." NEON In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kate Winslet revealed that she and co-star Saoirse Ronan choreographed their own sex scenes for their new romantic period drama, "Ammonite." "It's definitely not like eating a sandwich," Winslet described. "I just think Saoirse and I, we just felt really safe. Francis was naturally very nervous. And I just said to him, 'Listen, let us work it out.' And we did."  The film follows the real-life Paleontologist Mary Anning, played by Winslet, who develops a romantic relationship with a much younger married woman played by Saoirse Ronan.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Kate Winslet has revealed during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she choreographed her sex scenes with co-star Saoirse Ronan for their upcoming romantic drama "Ammonite." "It's definitely not like eating a sandwich," Winslet said. "I...
    The first official trailer for Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan's "Ammonite" has arrived. The film centers on the blossoming relationship between Mary (Winslet) and Charlotte (Ronan) as the latter takes up an apprenticeship under Mary, a renowned paleontologist. The trailer opens with a montage of Mary carrying out her work of finding fossils, cleaning them and more before Charlotte and her husband pay her a visit. KATE WINSLET REVEALS HEARTBREAKING 'IMMIGRANT' ROOTS, SAYS SHE'D BE 'UPSET AND DISGUSTED' TO COME FROM WEALTH "My wife, she hasn't been at all well of late," says the husband, played by James McArdle. "She suffers from melancholia. I want her to walk the shoreline with you, learn from you." "I'm not looking for an apprentice," Mary insists, but Charlotte's husband offers a handsome payment, swaying the scientist. The trailer then follows the pair as they work along the shoreline, despite Charlotte's confession that she doesn't "like...
    Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet are searching for ancient fossils and budding romance in the trailer for the upcoming film “Ammonite.” Written and directed by Francis Lee, the film will be released by Neon in the United States and Lionsgate in the U.K. Set in England in the 1800s, Winslet plays Mary Anning, a fossil hunter who works alone on the rugged coastline in the south of the country. With her days of making famous geological discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her sickly mother. One day, a wealthy tourist pays a visit to Mary and asks her to take care of his ailing wife Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), who suffers from “melancholia.” Charlotte’s husband offers too much to turn down, and Mary has herself a new apprentice, albeit one who doesn’t “like the water.” Mary and Charlotte...
    The idea of falling in love with the one you shouldn’t with is as old as a fossil. The two lead ladies in the upcoming film, Ammonite, discover this while literally looking for fossils on the shorelines. Based on the life of 1800’s popular palaeontologist, Mary Anning, the movie takes drastic liberties to introduce a lesbian romance angle. Kate Winslet plays Mary, who, reluctantly gets an apprentice, played by Saoirse Ronan. Ronan’s husband thinks she suffers from ‘melancholia’, so off she’s sent to Winslet to learn something and spend her time productively. Which, we can tell by the kiss that two women share in the trailer, she does. More productively than her husband bargained for. Charlize Theron On LGBT Representation In The Old Guard: ‘We Should Really Be Telling These Stories And Have The World Catch Up’. The muted tones of colour add a melancholy to the drama. The...
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