MARY SHEL­LEY

Creative Feel - - CINEMA NOUVEAU - DI­REC­TOR: Haifaa Al-Man­sour STAR­RING: Elle Fan­ning, Dou­glas Booth, Joanne Frog­gatt, Maisie Williams, Stephen Dil­lane, Bel Pow­ley

Mary Shel­ley tells the story of Mary Woll­stonecraft God­win – au­thor of one of the world’s most fa­mous Gothic nov­els, Franken­stein – and her fiery, tem­pes­tu­ous re­la­tion­ship with renowned ro­man­tic poet Percy Bysshe Shel­ley. The scenery is played out by Elle Fan­ning (Mary Shel­ley) and Dou­glas Booth (Percy Bysshe Shel­ley).

The pair are two out­siders con­strained by po­lite so­ci­ety but bound to­gether by a nat­u­ral chem­istry and pro­gres­sive ideas that are be­yond the bound­aries of their age and time. Mary and Percy de­clare their love for each other and, much to her fam­ily’s hor­ror, they run away to­gether, joined by Mary’s half-sis­ter Claire. In the midst of grow­ing ten­sion within their re­la­tion­ship dur­ing their stay at Lord By­ron’s house at Lake Geneva, the idea for Franken­stein is con­ceived when a chal­lenge is put to all houseguests to write a ghost story. An in­cred­i­ble char­ac­ter is cre­ated, which will loom large in pop­u­lar cul­ture for cen­turies to come, but so­ci­ety at the time puts lit­tle value in fe­male au­thors. At the ten­der age of 18, Mary is forced to chal­lenge these pre­con­cep­tions, to pro­tect her work, and to forge her own iden­tity.

Mary Shel­ley will be re­leased at se­lected sites on 3 Au­gust 2018.

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