Mary Shelley (film)

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Mary Shelley
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byHaifaa al-Mansour
Produced by
Written byEmma Jensen
Starring
Music byAmelia Warner
CinematographyDavid Ungaro
Edited byAlex Mackie
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 9, 2017 (2017-09-09) (TIFF)
  • May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25) (United States)
  • July 6, 2018 (2018-07-06) (United Kingdom)
Running time
121 minutes
Country
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • United States
  • Luxembourg[1]
LanguageEnglish
Box office$1.9 million[2]

Mary Shelley is a 2017 romantic period-drama film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and written by Emma Jensen. The plot follows Mary Shelley's first love and her romantic relationship with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, which inspired her to write Frankenstein. An international co-production, the film stars Elle Fanning as Shelley, with Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, and Ben Hardy in supporting roles.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017. It was released in the United States on May 25, 2018, by IFC Films, and in the United Kingdom on July 6, 2018, by Curzon Artificial Eye.

Plot[edit]

The film tells the story of writer Mary Shelley's first love, and her romantic relationship with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, which inspired her to write Frankenstein.[3]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Mary Shelley (changed from the original title, A Storm In the Stars, in January 2017[4]) is based on an original screenplay by Australian screenwriter Emma Jensen. Jensen received development funding from Screen NSW and Screen Australia to develop the screenplay to first draft and her US agents, United Talent Agency, sold the screenplay to US producer Amy Baer.[5] On February 28, 2014, director Haifaa al-Mansour was set to direct the film.

On July 30, 2014, Elle Fanning was cast in the film to play Mary Shelley.[6] The Diary of a Teenage Girl star Bel Powley joined the film on March 20, 2015, to play Claire Clairmont, Mary's stepsister, who complicates the relationship between both lovers.[7] On May 8, 2015, Douglas Booth was cast in the film to play the role of Percy, while HanWay Films was on board to produce the film and handle the film's international sales.[8] On February 19, 2016, Ben Hardy joined the film, which would be also produced by Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady of Parallel Films.[9] On March 2, 2016, Tom Sturridge, Maisie Williams, Stephen Dillane, and Joanne Froggatt joined the cast.[10]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on February 20, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.[11][12] On March 7, the production moved to Luxembourg.[13]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017.[14][15] Shortly after, IFC Films and Curzon Artificial Eye acquired U.S. and U.K. distribution rights to the film, respectively.[16][17] The film had its American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2018.[18]

It was released in the United States on May 25, 2018,[19] and in the United Kingdom on July 6, 2018.[20]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Mary Shelley has grossed $97,321 in the United States and Canada, and $1.8 million in other territories, for a total worldwide of $1.9 million.[2]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 40% based on 113 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Mary Shelley smooths out its subject's fascinating life and fails to communicate the spark of her classic work, undermining fine period detail and a solid Elle Fanning performance."[21] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 49 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mary Shelley (2018)". British Film Institute. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Mary Shelley (2018)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (February 28, 2014). "'Wadjda's Haifaa Al Mansour To Direct 'A Storm In The Stars' For Gidden Media". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (February 9, 2017). "First Look: Elle Fanning In 'Mary Shelley'". The Playlist. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Groves, Don (August 1, 2014). "Aussie writer tackles Shelley, Jane Austen". If Magazine. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (July 30, 2014). "Elle Fanning to Star as Mary Shelley in 'A Storm in the Stars' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (March 20, 2015). "'Diary of a Teenage Girl' Star Joins Elle Fanning in New Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  8. ^ Jaafar, Ali; Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 8, 2015). "Haifaa Al-Mansour's 'A Storm In The Stars' Set For Fall Start With Douglas Booth: Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Jaafar, Ali (February 19, 2016). "Ben Hardy Joins Haifaa Al-Mansour's 'The Storm In The Stars'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (March 2, 2016). "Tom Sturridge, Maisie Williams & More Join Haifaa Al-Mansour's 'A Storm In The Stars'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  11. ^ SSN Insider staff (February 26, 2016). "On the Set for 2/26/16: Dwayne Johnson & Zac Efron Start Shooting 'Baywatch', Peter Dinklage & Julia Ormond Wrap 'Rememory'". SSN Insider. Archived from the original on February 28, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  12. ^ Adams, William Lee (February 24, 2016). "Douglas Booth looks dashing in period costume as co-star Elle Fanning bundles up in black padded jacket while filming A Storm In The Stars". The Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  13. ^ Brosnan, Seán (March 8, 2016). "Irish co-pro 'A Storm in the Stars' moves to Luxembourg after two week Irish shoot". Irish Film and Television Network. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  14. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (July 25, 2017). "Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "Mary Shelley". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  16. ^ Busch, Anita (October 27, 2017). "'Mary Shelley' Starring Elle Fanning & Maisie Williams Acquired By IFC". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  17. ^ Jafaar, Ali (May 20, 2015). "Curzon Artificial Eye Acquires 'Son of Saul', 'Mustang' And 'A Storm In The Stars'- Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  18. ^ "Mary Shelley". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  19. ^ "Mary Shelley". IFC Films. AMC Networks. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  20. ^ "Mary Shelley". Launching Films. Film Distributors' Association. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  21. ^ "Mary Shelley (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  22. ^ "Mary Shelley Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 27, 2018.

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