Mary Shelley

Certificate 12A

(2017) 120 mins

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Writers: Emma Jensen, Haifaa Al-Mansour
Cinematography: David Ungaro
Production Design: Paki Smith
Music: Amelia Warner

ABOUT
When 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, her family are horrified. Young and passionately in love, at first she relishes life amongst the radical Romantics. But as time goes on, Percy’s betrayals and indiscretions begin to test their relationship. One day, on a trip to Lord Byron’s mansion in Geneva, Mary is challenged to write a ghost story. Drawing on her experiences of heartbreak and the dark side of humanity, she creates ‘Frankenstein’, a work that will shape the literary world for centuries. With a strong ensemble cast including Douglas Booth, Bel Powley and Maisie Williams, this rousing and exquisite biopic balances sumptuous period detail with a timely feminist message. Directed by Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker, Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda), it’s a vivid tribute to Shelley’s passion, courage and craft – and a reminder of her enduring relevance today.  From the official website
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REVIEWS

Fanning is a convincing actor, no matter what the role, and she puts in a solid turn here, vulnerable yet feisty, romantic yet rational, and we can understand her internal processing of the events that led her to write Frankenstein. In familiar period territory, there’s also an interesting focus on a side of early 19th-century society we don’t often get to see: raucous, hard-drinking teenage debauchery.”  The Guardian

“Thanks to Fanning’s lively and spirited portrayal, there’s no doubting the fire that burned inside Mary, even when the film does favour her amorous affairs. Whether surrounded by towers of tomes, scribbling by her mother’s grave, or swooning over Percy, Fanning’s take on the real-life figure always stands out — from the movie’s sumptuous backdrops, which constantly catch the eye, as well as from the romantic plot.”  Concrete Playground

“Genuinely affecting at times, and a compelling portrait of an individual, her grief, and her drive to create, Mary Shelley is fair, fine, but not quite fantastic.”  Eye for Film

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