Mary Shel­ley

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Cast: Elle Fan­ning, Maisie Wil­liams, Dou­glas Booth

Direc­tor Haifaa Al-Man­sour at­tracted at­ten­tion with her 2012 film Wad­jda, the first Saudi Ara­bian film ever to be di­rected by a woman. Hail­ing from a back­ground in documentary, this trail­blaz­ing film­maker now turns her eye to the story of Mary Shel­ley, the Bri­tish au­thor of Franken­stein, one of the most fa­mous and beloved nov­els of all time. Elle Fan­ning stars as Shel­ley, just 21 when the book was pub­lished, and Dou­glas Booth is Mary’s drunk hus­band whose cava­lier na­ture in­fused Shel­ley’s writ­ings and who many er­ro­neously as­sumed was the true au­thor of her ma­cabre mas­ter­piece. This lushly pro­duced pe­riod pic­ture is full of divine cos­tumes within deca­dent man­sions and play­houses. Al-Man­sour’s eye is piv­otal to mak­ing Mary Shel­ley a true in­sight into the mind of a woman rather than just an­other pretty film about a fa­mous woman.

Port Moresby’s Par­adise Cin­ema screens many of our pre­viewed movies. For screen­ing dates and ses­sion times, see par­adis­ecin­e­maspng.com.

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