Run time: 106mins
Director: Sarah Gavron
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff
Synopsis: The story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These working women had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives.
An outstanding, all-star cast features in this powerful and important historical drama from director Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, 2007), one that brings a watershed moment in British history to life. Suffragette is written by Abi Morgan, (Shame, 2011; The Iron Lady, 2011; BBC serial The Hour, 2011) who has managed to pack in every social and historical aspect of the story of the foot soldiers of the struggle for equal franchise and women’s rights in this rousing factual drama.
At the turn of the twentieth century in Britain, women are still struggling to have their voices heard. In a valiant attempt to get women’s voting rights passed, the Suffragette movement develops more militant tactics. Led by the determined Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), their number includes Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) whose forward-thinking views clash with those of her husband Sonny (Ben Whishaw). As the women’s strength grows, they are forced to confront brutal oppression of the state in the form of the police force led by Inspector Steed (Brendan Gleeson). Nevertheless, despite short term set-backs, wheels have been set in motion and the country is set to change forever.
Entertaining and educational, Suffragette is a story that needs to be told and re-told to remind each new generation of the struggle and suffering on the road to the equal franchise.
Images courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox