New Mary Anning blockbuster to hit Jurassic Coast

by James Tourgout

February 17, 2019 0

Hollywood stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are heading to the Jurassic Coast for a new film about famous fossil hunter Mary Anning.

They will shoot scenes for the movie, called Ammonite, at the end of February and early March in Lyme Regis.

Palaeontologist Mary Anning was born in 1799 in Lyme and unearthed a series of incredible fossils from the cliffs around town – including some of the first finds of their kind anywhere in the world – but never received the recognition she deserved.

The storyline of new film is said to focus on a fictitious relationship between Mary and a woman from London for whom she acts as nursemaid.

Francis Lee, who is best known for his acclaimed 2017 film In God’s Country, is the writer-director.

Saoirse Ronan is no stranger to the Jurassic Coast as she starred in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s excellent novel ‘On Chesil Beach’.

Kate Winslet needs no introduction, of course, and we can’t wait to see the new film when it hits the silver screen; although we fully expected the Jurassic Coast to steal the show in the starring role.

It’s great to see Mary Anning recognised in this way and for the film to be genuinely shot on location in Lyme Regis.

Mary started fossil hunting from an early age. At the age of just 12 she found the fossilised skeleton of an Ichthyosaurus, or ‘fish lizard’ – the inspiration for one of our most popular t-shirts.

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STUNNING FIND: The ichthyosaurus discovered by Mary Anning at the Natural History Museum – the inspiration of Ocean Rock’s Fish Lizard t-shirt

A year later she discovered the first complete skeleton of a Plesiosaurus. Her remarkable series of discoveries continued over many years, including the first pterosaur ever discovered outside Germany.

Mary died from breast cancer in 1847 at just 47 years of age, still largely unrecognised for her incredible scientific discoveries.

You can find out more about Mary on the Natural History Museum’s website or visit the Lyme Regis Museum. You can also read about Mary in the Explorer section on this website.

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is always a ‘must’ for anyone fascinated by fossils and the Mary Anning story.

We attend every year and it is always a superb event.The picture at the top of this blog shows our founder and chief fossil hunter John with ‘Mary Anning’ and ‘Charles Darwin’ at last year’s festival.

It would be great to see Kate and Saoirse there too this year!


Posted by: James Tourgout

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