Francis Lee


Francis Lee

Francis was born October 9, 1928, in Madrid, Nebraska, to Rue and Della (Costin) Lee. He attended school in Madrid prior to Curtis Agricultural College. On January 21, 1950, Francis married Roberta Rohrbacker, and their union was blessed with eight children. The couple made their home and farmed and ranched in the Madrid area, where they raised with family. In 1996, the couple moved to Grant.
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Empire Podcast: Ammonite Spoiler Special Ft. Francis Lee

Ammonite, Francis Lee's follow-up to his breathtaking debut, God's Own Country, sees Kate Winslet star as Mary Anning, a fossil hunter in 1840s England, who becomes romantically involved with a younger woman (Saoirse Ronan). Developing themes Lee explored in God's Own Country, it's a fragile and beautiful film, and in our spoiler special podcast Terri White sits down for an in-depth Squadcast chat with Lee about those themes, the film's ending, and much more.
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Josh O’Connor & Francis Lee to reunite for untitled horror movie

‘Ammonite’ and ‘God’s Own Country’ filmmaker is set to reunite with Josh O’Connor on a new horror project. Thanks to an in-depth profile piece on Lee, Esquire, wrangled out of the director the news on his latest project which is said to be an adaptation of a novel, the name of which he is keeping tight-lipped about.

God’s Own Country Star Josh O’Connor Reteams with Francis Lee for Queer Horror Film

“My favorite genre is horror. I’ve always wanted the opportunity to make a really, really fucking scary horror film. So I’m working on that,” director Francis Lee revealed to us last year when it came to his follow-up to Ammonite. After teaming with Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet for that period project, he’s now revealed who will lead this next film––and it will be a reunion.

Empire Podcast #456: Kemp Powers, Francis Lee, Orlando Bloom

It's been a while since we've had a bumper, jam-packed, three-guest edition of the Empire Podcast. But, what with the long weekend coming up, we figured now would be the time to give you something to really delve into. Also, we booked loads of guests by accident. Oops! Will happen again.
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Why are historical figures presumed straight? Francis Lee on causing outrage with Ammonite

The love story Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet as the 19th-century fossil-hunter and palaeontologist Mary Anning, was chosen to close last year’s London film festival, but its director, Francis Lee, has yet to see it with an audience. “I live in Yorkshire,” he explains. Behind him are wooden beams, a kitchen table, red and yellow tulips bursting eagerly from a vase. “We were in local lockdown and it didn’t feel appropriate to travel when no one else could.”

‘Ammonite’: Filmmaker Francis Lee On Directing Rebellious 19th Century Love Story & “The Stillness” In Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan – Crew Call Podcast

For filmmaker Francis Lee, his lesbian love story Ammonite between notable 19th century fossil hunter Mary Anning and socialite Charlotte Murchison wasn’t so much a response to the uber-conservative culture we’ve experienced over the past four years, rather, it was more personal for the 2017 Sundance-winning filmmaker of God’s Own Country.
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‘Ammonite’ Director Francis Lee & Kate Winslet On Giving A Female Pioneer The Love Story She Deserves – Contenders Film

To follow up his 2017 breakout indie hit God’s Own Country, Francis Lee found inspiration in the story of a little-known British fossil collector named Mary Anning. For Ammonite, he embellished what little is known about Anning, fashioning a romantic story for her, and cast Kate Winslet as the enigmatic heroine and Saoirse Ronan as the young woman who cracks her shell.