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Mary Shelley
A Gothic delight, the English-language feature debut by Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda), is a richly-textured, elegant tale of the rebellious teenager Mary’s tempestuous romance with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The pair’s whirlwind passion inspired love, madness, art and poetry and finally, that masterpiece of literature, Mary’s macabre creation ‘Frankenstein’. With stand-out performances by Elle Fanning as hell-raising teen Mary, Douglas Booth as the mad, bad and dangerous-to-know Shelley and Joanne Froggatt as Mary’s ghastly stepmother, this is a solid, satisfying romance.
2017 / English dialogue with Arabic subtitles / Colour / 120 mins
Genre: Biography, Drama and Romance
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: MENA Premiere
Rating: 15+
Contains: Adult References, Adult Themes, Brief Sex and Sexuality
Director: Haifaa Al Mansour
Producer: Alan Moloney, Ruth Coady, Amy Baer
Scriptwriter: Emma Jensen
DOP: David Ungaro
Editor: Alex Mackie
Composer: Amelia Warner
Cast: Elle Fanning, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth
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