FRANKENSTEIN: MARY SHELLEY
The Carsey-Wolf Center opens its Frankenstein: Afterlives series with Haifaa Al-Mansour’s 2017 film, which explores the life of the young writer who gave the world Frankenstein. Raised by a renowned philosopher father (Stephen Dillane) in eighteenth-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer who is fascinated with the legacy of her famous deceased mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, and determined to make her mark on the world. When she meets the brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth), she embarks on a scandalous bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channeled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages. Director Haifaa Al-Mansour is the first female Saudi filmmaker. She made her feature directing debut with the award-winning Wadjda (2012), which chronicles a 10-year-old Saudi girl’s quest to own and ride a green bicycle.
Julie Carlson (English, UCSB) will join moderator Patrice Petro (Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center) for a post-screening discussion.