Mary Shelley

Opens Friday, June 1
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2hr 01mins // directed by:Haifaa Al Mansour // featuring:Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth

The real life story of Mary Shelley—and the creation of her immortal monster—is nearly as fantastical as her fiction.

Mary Shelley tells the story of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) - author of one of the world’s most famous Gothic novels ‘Frankenstein’ - and her fiery, tempestuous relationship with renowned romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth). 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 (Bel Powley). In the midst of growing tension within their relationship during their stay at Lord Byron's (Tom Sturridge) house at Lake Geneva, the idea of Frankenstein is conceived when a challenge is put to all houseguests 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.

"A reminder that England in the early 19th century remains a rich repository of stories and characters, and era that can be made to feel charmingly quaint and bracingly modern, on both the page and the screen." — A.O. Scott, New York Times

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"'Mary Shelley,' a swoony but tough-minded bio-pic about the author of 'Frankenstein,' is an inspired match-up of subject, filmmaker, and star." — Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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"A welcome showcase for the considerable talents of Elle Fanning, who deftly shades the trials and tribulations of the young writer and her complicated relationship with Percy Shelley." — Jason Bailey, Village Voice

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