Ammonite trailer: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in lesbian drama – Daily Mail

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A new trailer for Francise Lee’s lesbian drama Ammonite was released on Thursday, with a first look poster also shared online.

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan transformed into lovers Mary Anning and Charlotte Murchison in the film, as the pair are seen embarking on an intimate affair when they are brought together.

The plot centres around the famous paleontologist, who becomes involved in a forbidden romance with Saoirse’s character after she they are sent to convalesce by the sea together.

Romance: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan start an intimate affair as lovers Mary Anning and Charlotte Murchison in the new trailer for lesbian drama Ammonite, released on Thursday

Romance: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan start an intimate affair as lovers Mary Anning and Charlotte Murchison in the new trailer for lesbian drama Ammonite, released on Thursday

Romance: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan start an intimate affair as lovers Mary Anning and Charlotte Murchison in the new trailer for lesbian drama Ammonite, released on Thursday

In the new trailer, Kate is first seen on her own while scavenging for fossils by the sea, as she’s heard talking about how she found the film’s namesake.

Pulling Ammonite out of a rock face as she’s pelted with rain before falling and cracking the fossil in two, Kate can be heard saying in character: ‘That one is special, days it took to dig it out, clean it. Couldn’t keep it.’

While working in her shop, Mary is interrupted by Charlotte’s husband Roderick (James McArdle) who compliments her by saying her ‘skills are legendary’, but the fossils expert is unimpressed as she wears a wary expression.

Sparks flying: The plot centres around the famous paleontologist, who becomes involved in a forbidden romance with Saoirse's character after she they are sent to convalesce by the sea

Sparks flying: The plot centres around the famous paleontologist, who becomes involved in a forbidden romance with Saoirse's character after she they are sent to convalesce by the sea

Sparks flying: The plot centres around the famous paleontologist, who becomes involved in a forbidden romance with Saoirse’s character after she they are sent to convalesce by the sea

Palaeontologist: In the new trailer, Kate is first seen on her own while scavenging for fossils by the sea, as she's heard talking about how she found the film's namesake.

Palaeontologist: In the new trailer, Kate is first seen on her own while scavenging for fossils by the sea, as she's heard talking about how she found the film's namesake.

Palaeontologist: In the new trailer, Kate is first seen on her own while scavenging for fossils by the sea, as she’s heard talking about how she found the film’s namesake.

Cutting to a museum a ‘sea lizard’ that Mary found was renamed an Ichthyusaurus, with any mention of her name taken away to be replaced by a tag with a man’s name H. Hoste Henley Esq. on it instead.

Mary, clearly frustrated by this kind of incident happening one too many times, can he heard telling Roderick: ‘I was under the impression that fine London gentlemen were no longer interested in my relics, fashion moved on.’

But he persists, telling Mary about Charlotte in a bid to get her to allow the young woman to stay with her for an extended period of time.

Unimpressed: While working in her shop, Mary is interrupted by Charlotte's husband Roderick (James McArdle) who compliments her by saying her 'skills are legendary'

Unimpressed: While working in her shop, Mary is interrupted by Charlotte's husband Roderick (James McArdle) who compliments her by saying her 'skills are legendary'

Unimpressed: While working in her shop, Mary is interrupted by Charlotte’s husband Roderick (James McArdle) who compliments her by saying her ‘skills are legendary’

Helping hand: Roderick tells Mary about Charlotte in a bid to get her to allow the young woman to stay with her for an extended period of time

Helping hand: Roderick tells Mary about Charlotte in a bid to get her to allow the young woman to stay with her for an extended period of time

Helping hand: Roderick tells Mary about Charlotte in a bid to get her to allow the young woman to stay with her for an extended period of time

‘My wife hasn’t been at all well of late, what a wonderful opportunity it would be for her to walk the shoreline with you, learn from you,’ he explained.

Not initially keen to share her work with others, Mary tells him that she’s ‘not looking for an apprentice’ but relents when he pushes for her to do so and offers to ‘pay a premium for a private audience.’

Mary and Charlotte are seen walking together along the shore in Lyme Regis,  with the latter looking downcast as she struggles with her inner demons.

Depressed: 'My wife hasn't been at all well of late, what a wonderful opportunity it would be for her to walk the shoreline with you, learn from you,' he explained

Depressed: 'My wife hasn't been at all well of late, what a wonderful opportunity it would be for her to walk the shoreline with you, learn from you,' he explained

Depressed: ‘My wife hasn’t been at all well of late, what a wonderful opportunity it would be for her to walk the shoreline with you, learn from you,’ he explained

Brought together: Mary tells him that she's 'not looking for an apprentice' but relents when he pushes for her to do so and offers to 'pay a premium for a private audience'

Brought together: Mary tells him that she's 'not looking for an apprentice' but relents when he pushes for her to do so and offers to 'pay a premium for a private audience'

Brought together: Mary tells him that she’s ‘not looking for an apprentice’ but relents when he pushes for her to do so and offers to ‘pay a premium for a private audience’

Things clearly don’t start off well for the pair, as they are seen sitting apart in one moment and then arguing passionately the next. 

‘Your husband paid me to take you out here,’ Mary tells Charlotte honestly, as the young woman tries to chime in and argue.

But she was quickly interrupted by Mary, who hit back: ‘Your husband left you.’ 

The realisation of that statement clearly riled Charlotte as she’s later seen breaking down into tears as she admits she doesn’t ‘want to be alone’ as Mary wraps her arms around her.

At odds: Things clearly don't start off well for the pair, as they are seen arguing passionately and Mary tells Charlotte her 'husband left [her]'

At odds: Things clearly don't start off well for the pair, as they are seen arguing passionately and Mary tells Charlotte her 'husband left [her]'

At odds: Things clearly don’t start off well for the pair, as they are seen arguing passionately and Mary tells Charlotte her ‘husband left [her]’

Growing close: The realisation of that statement clearly riled Charlotte as she's later seen breaking down into tears as she admits she doesn't 'want to be alone'

Growing close: The realisation of that statement clearly riled Charlotte as she's later seen breaking down into tears as she admits she doesn't 'want to be alone'

Growing close: The realisation of that statement clearly riled Charlotte as she’s later seen breaking down into tears as she admits she doesn’t ‘want to be alone’

Mary is seen speaking with friend Elizabeth Philpot (Fiona Shaw) who tells her: ‘You seemed to do everything you could to be distant, she’s unlocked something in you.’

The pair begin to grow closer, as they exchange loving looks and subtle touches before Charlotte is seen kissing Mary in one scene.

While during a small gathering, Mary can’t keep her eyes off Charlotte as she wears a chic green off-the-shoulder dress.

Embarking on an affair The pair begin to grow closer, as they exchange loving looks before Charlotte is seen kissing Mary in one scene

Embarking on an affair The pair begin to grow closer, as they exchange loving looks before Charlotte is seen kissing Mary in one scene

Embarking on an affair The pair begin to grow closer, as they exchange loving looks before Charlotte is seen kissing Mary in one scene

The little things: Charlotte and Mary even share subtle touches together

The little things: Charlotte and Mary even share subtle touches together

The little things: Charlotte and Mary even share subtle touches together

And Charlotte clearly feels the same about Mary, as she admits: ‘You were the most fascinating person there tonight, and I think the most beautiful.’

The pair are also seen stepping into the ocean together, with Mary appearing to show Charlotte how to swim which results in the two women getting entangled and laughing with glee in the water. 

But their joy won’t last long, it seems, as Roderick is heard saying things ‘can’t continue like this’, as Charlotte tells Mary: ‘I don’t want to go back to the life I had before you.’

Ending the trailer on a dramatic note, Mary tells her ‘you don’t understand me, I feel like I’ve been misled’, as Charlotte pleas: ‘I want this to be different, our different.’

Stunning: During a small gathering, Mary can't keep her eyes off Charlotte as she wears a chic green off-the-shoulder dress

Stunning: During a small gathering, Mary can't keep her eyes off Charlotte as she wears a chic green off-the-shoulder dress

Stunning: During a small gathering, Mary can’t keep her eyes off Charlotte as she wears a chic green off-the-shoulder dress

Flirtations: And Charlotte clearly feels the same about Mary, as she admits: 'You were the most fascinating person there tonight, and I think the most beautiful'

Flirtations: And Charlotte clearly feels the same about Mary, as she admits: 'You were the most fascinating person there tonight, and I think the most beautiful'

Flirtations: And Charlotte clearly feels the same about Mary, as she admits: ‘You were the most fascinating person there tonight, and I think the most beautiful’

During the early stages of development, Ammonite has already faced criticism for a central storyline focusing on a lesbian affair involving Anning and Murchison. 

Barbara Anning, a distant niece who still lives near the Jurassic Coast where the fossil hunter made many discoveries, insisted there was no proof she was ever in a same-sex relationship. 

At the time, she said: ‘The lesbian storyline is pure Hollywood as far as I know and there was no suggestion that she was a lesbian at all. That’s just what they do I suppose.’

Anning’s niece had previously written on an online forum: ‘I do not believe there is any evidence to back up portraying her as a gay woman… I believe Mary Anning was abused because she was poor, uneducated and a woman. Is that not enough?’

Together: In one scene, Mary is seen drawing a picture of Charlotte as she sleeps

Together: In one scene, Mary is seen drawing a picture of Charlotte as she sleeps

Together: In one scene, Mary is seen drawing a picture of Charlotte as she sleeps

Sweet moment: The pair are also step into the ocean together, with Mary appearing to show Charlotte how to swim

Sweet moment: The pair are also step into the ocean together, with Mary appearing to show Charlotte how to swim

Sweet moment: The pair are also step into the ocean together, with Mary appearing to show Charlotte how to swim

Experts and fans of her work are also upset, claiming the paleontologist, who never married or had children, was ‘interesting enough’ without needing her life spiced up for the sake of a film. 

A fan society dedicated to the fossil finder called Mary Anning Rocks also objected to the plotline, including Harvard University geologist Bretton Carter, who said: ‘I have mixed feelings about this movie.

‘Being gay, I’m all about the inclusion of LGBTQ characters, but I feel like Mary Anning is an interesting enough person as she is, they didn’t have to throw in same-sex affair with her (as it has no known historical basis).’

Emotional: But their joy won't last long, it seems, as Roderick is heard saying things 'can't continue like this' as Charlotte tells Mary: 'I don't want to go back to the life I had before you'

Emotional: But their joy won't last long, it seems, as Roderick is heard saying things 'can't continue like this' as Charlotte tells Mary: 'I don't want to go back to the life I had before you'

Emotional: But their joy won’t last long, it seems, as Roderick is heard saying things ‘can’t continue like this’ as Charlotte tells Mary: ‘I don’t want to go back to the life I had before you’

Special relationship: Ending the trailer on a dramatic note, Mary tells her 'you don't understand me, I feel like I've been misled', as Charlotte pleas: 'I want this to be different, our different'

Special relationship: Ending the trailer on a dramatic note, Mary tells her 'you don't understand me, I feel like I've been misled', as Charlotte pleas: 'I want this to be different, our different'

Special relationship: Ending the trailer on a dramatic note, Mary tells her ‘you don’t understand me, I feel like I’ve been misled’, as Charlotte pleas: ‘I want this to be different, our different’

In February, Variety reported on the film and said of the backlash: ‘Some members of Anning’s family have publicly protested because they insist her sexuality was never confirmed.

‘Director Francis Lee shot back, saying it’s not hard to imagine she was gay because there’s “no evidence whatsoever” that she was ever in a heterosexual relationship.’ 

Anning is known for making major discoveries in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs at Lyme Regis and Charmouth. 

Backlash: During the early stages of development, Ammonite has already faced criticism for a central storyline focusing on a lesbian affair involving Anning and Murchison

Backlash: During the early stages of development, Ammonite has already faced criticism for a central storyline focusing on a lesbian affair involving Anning and Murchison

Backlash: During the early stages of development, Ammonite has already faced criticism for a central storyline focusing on a lesbian affair involving Anning and Murchison

Her work contributed to important changes in scientific thinking about prehistoric life. 

However, due to being a woman, she was prevented form joining the Geological Society of London and did not receive full credit for her findings.

It is also thought she was the inspiration for the 1908 tongue-twister ‘She sells seashells on the seashore’ by Terry Sullivan.  

Ammonite is set to be released in the USA on November 13, 2020, it has yet to be given a release date in the UK. 

One to watch: Ammonite is set to be released in the USA on November 13, 2020, it has yet to be given a release date in the UK

One to watch: Ammonite is set to be released in the USA on November 13, 2020, it has yet to be given a release date in the UK

One to watch: Ammonite is set to be released in the USA on November 13, 2020, it has yet to be given a release date in the UK

 

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