Frankenstein may have created the monster, but Mary Shelley brought them both to life. Mary Shelley stars Elle Fanning, who stars as the famous author and her life as a modern 19th-century woman, and her the events that led her to create one of literature’s most famous characters.
Daughter of political philosophers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, who died giving birth to her, Mary (Fanning) is a bookish adolescent of humble means when she meets Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth), who, though only 21, is already a celebrated young poet — and a shameless womanizer with one collapsing marriage already under his belt.
Defying her beloved but disapproving father, Mary runs away with Shelley — her stepsister, Claire (Bel Powley), in tow. Mary seeks “unconventional approaches to living,” and finds it in spades with her debt-ridden poet, who desires neither monogamy nor the constraints of fatherly responsibility.
Yet Percy believes in Mary, and two years into their union he whisks her away to a Swiss chateau for a summer of debauchery presided over by Lord Byron, where Mary will confront personal demons and compose the most influential horror novel of all time.
Mary Shelley makes it debut at TIFF 2017.