THEne is a pioneering Victorian fossil hunter named Mary whose contribution to science was just celebrated on-screen by Kate Winslet. The other is a retired plumber named Steve who uses a hammer and chisel to drive to a large rock on the Dorset coast. “A good thing about my time as a plumber is that I can use both hands,” says Steve Etches, 71, as he switches tools between them to demonstrate how he digs up 150 million year old ammonites.
There doesn’t seem to be much to unite Etches and Mary Anning, whose originally unheralded devotion to fossils formed the basis of ammonite 200 years ago. The film, which also stars Saoirse Ronan, appeared on streaming sites on Friday.
While Etches isn’t held back by his gender, it is