Mary Shelley

Ireland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, USA 2017
In English with no subtitles
120 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Haifaa Al Mansour
Screenplay: Emma Jensen
Cast: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Ben Hardy, Tom Sturridge, Maisie Williams, Stephen Dillane, Joanne Froggatt
Production: Amy Baer / Gidden Media
Print Source: Non Stop Entertainment

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 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 of Frankenstein is conceived when a challenge is put to all house guests 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.

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