Mary Anning has been hailed by the Natural History Museum as “the unsung hero of fossil discovery”. But her extraordinary story was not quite enough to satisfy the producers of a new film about her life.
Ammonite, which began filming in Lyme Regis on Monday with Kate Winslet in the starring role, will focus on a romance between Anning and a younger woman, played by Saoirse Ronan.
The relationship is a fiction, and its inclusion has drawn a mixed response from Anning’s relatives and others who want her to be recognised for her many achievements.
The film comes hot on the heels of The Favourite, which ‘sexed up’ the life of Queen Anne with a lesbian love triangle.
Anning, who came from humble beginnings,…