Source: London Film Festival


Francis Lee’s Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, will close the 2020 BFI London Film Festival (LFF) on October 17.

It will receive its UK premiere at the LFF, with Lee and key cast set to deliver a virtual introduction.

Ammonite is one of 13 films from the LFF programme that will screen in previews across the UK, in partnership with a UK-wide cinemas network. Among these titles is the previously announced opening film Mangrove, directed by Steve McQueen.

Ammonite was written and directed by Francis Lee  and is his second film following God’s Own Country, It was produced by Iain Canning, Emilie Sherman and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, and co-financed by the BFI and BBC Films.

Set in the 1840s Lyme Regis, the story centres on a passionate and all-consuming love affair between acclaimed, self-taught paleontologist Mary Anning, played by Winslet, and a rich tourist (Ronan) who is recuperating from a personal tragedy.

Lionsgate has UK rights and will release Ammonite in UK cinemas in 2021.

Confirmed venues taking part in the closing film preview include: the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, Cine Lumiere, Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, Glasgow Film Theatre, HOME Manchester, ICA, Prince Charles Cinema, Queen’s Film Theatre – Belfast, Showroom Cinema Sheffield, the Watershed Bristol and the Chapter in Cardiff, with further sites to be added.

The full LFF festival programme will be announced at an online launch on September 8. It will run from October 7-18.