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Jane Austen News – Issue 155

The Jane Austen News sees Statue scrapped

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Ammonite Arrives in Lyme Regis  

Jane Austen’s Sanditon isn’t the only Period drama being filmed this year that we’re looking forward to. A new film called Ammonite is another film in progress that we’re keen to see.

As well as Jane Austen, if you’ve read about some of the other marvellous women from the Georgian and Regency eras, you’ll certainly have heard of Mary Anning. Anning is renowned for her discoveries of Jurassic fossils around Lyme Regis, Dorset, and in 2010 she was named as one of the Royal Society’s ten most influential British women in science. Although her work, including the unearthing in around 1811 of a 17-foot ichthyosaur skeleton when she was just 12, went largely uncredited in her lifetime because she was a woman (and a very young woman too), now her life will come to the silver screen in a new Period film.

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are to star in the film, named AmmoniteAmmonite, will be set in a British coastal town in the 1840s and is understood to follow Anning as she becomes the nursemaid for a wealthy woman from London who visits for a period of convalescence. Ammonite is been developed by See-Saw Films, the British Film Institute and BBC Films, and filming is set to start in March in Lyme Regis.

There are no pictures of the film in progress yet, as filming is yet to commence, but when it does start there’ll be quite the sight to see as the filming crew want to build a two-storey fake Georgian house front and install a fake stone wall to help take Lyme back to the 1840s.

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