EVERYONE has been talking about Mary Anning - and it looks as though the fossil hunter is finally getting the recognition she deserves.

Filming of Ammonite came to an end this week, and a campaign to build a statue of the paleontologist in her hometown of Lyme Regis is gaining momentum.

A two-part biopic about Mary Anning's life is also nearing completion.

Filming of the first part of Mary Anning and the Dinosaur Hunters - written, directed and produced by Sharon Sheehan - is now complete.

The film is based on the true story of the pioneering palaeontologist and is supported by the Natural History Museum.

Stars include Jenny Agutter of Call the Midwife, Sometimes Always Never and Golden Brown, a film also written, produced and directed by Sheehan.

There will be a charity gala screening in Lyme, which is featured extensively in the film, later this year. The film has been supported by Lyme Regis Town Council,

The second film of the biopic is seeking further funding and distribution.

Production company Mermade Films is seeking cast for various roles and is looking to raise a further £140,000 to complete the film.

According to the company, actors are currently reading the screenplay and considering roles in the second part, which is due to commence filming shortly.

The film will be used to compile a documentary version free for schools and museums for educational purposes and it is hoped this will be narrated by Dr Brian Cox.

If you are able to offer funding, or would like to discuss it, contact sharonsheehanfilms@gmail.com