Mary Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) and her sister, Claire (Bel Powley) in Mary Shelley.

Mary Shelley

Starring Elle Fanning as the radical young writer, this rousing and exquisite biopic balances sumptuous period detail with a timely feminist message.

When 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, her family are horrified. Young and passionately in love, at first she relishes life amongst the radical Romantics. But as time goes on, Percy’s betrayals and indiscretions begin to test their relationship. One day, on a trip to Lord Byron’s mansion in Geneva, Mary is challenged to write a ghost story. Drawing on her experiences of heartbreak and the dark side of humanity, she creates Frankenstein, a work that will shape the literary world for centuries.

Directed by

Haifaa al-Mansour


Elle Fanning
Douglas Booth
Bel Powley
Ben Hardy
Tom Sturridge
Maisie Williams
Stephen Dillane
Joanne Froggatt

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