Francis Lee: Ammonite taught me 'a lesson in identity politics'

Francis Lee says ‘Ammonite’ has taught him a “real lesson in identity politics”. The 52-year-old filmmaker has written and directed the romantic drama which stars Kate Winslet as palaeontologist Mary Anning – although some have questioned the historical accuracy of the character being in a same-sex relationship with geologist Charlotte Murchinson (Saoirse Ronan), a move that Francis has defended. He said: “It’s been a real lesson for me in identity politics. I know I can’t talk for Mary because I’m not a 19th-century palaeontologist, but I do think I can talk with her. “What I tried to do was …

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