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Sarah Gavron (2015)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Director Sarah Gavron and writer Abi Morgan beat their feminist drum proudly as they bring to screen the fight for the female vote. Suffragette centres on a group of largely fictional women, although Meryl Streep appears as Emmeline Pankhurst. Beginning in London in 1912 during the escalating civil disobedience, we follow a wrung-out laundress (Carey Mulligan), her feisty colleague (Anne-Marie Duff) and the local ringleader (Helena Bonham Carter). The film illustrates the scale of their oppression, their hope that things could be different, and what forces they were up against. Eschewing the conventions of period drama, the movie benefits from fluid, naturalistic visuals and a respectfully sombre hue. It's rousing and heart-stopping, yet forgoes some brutality to reach a wide audience, with the fidgety camera relaying the fear and frenzy but masking the violence. There are real women's stories here that intersect too briefly but Suffragette is an inspiring introduction to a chapter of history that's been disgracefully ignored. It's a tale that remains woefully relevant and in the hands of these film-makers becomes, finally, unforgettable.


A woman joins a campaign to gain the right to vote in 1912. She and her allies find their peaceful protests accomplishing little in the face of an unwavering state, so resort to increasingly violent measures, risking everything they have in the pursuit of political justice. Period drama, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff and Meryl Streep.

Cast & Crew

Maud Watts Carey Mulligan
Edith Ellyn Helena Bonham Carter
Emmeline Pankhurst Meryl Streep
Inspector Arthur Steed Brendan Gleeson
Violet Miller Anne-Marie Duff
Sonny Watts Ben Whishaw
Alice Haughton Romola Garai
Benedict Haughton Samuel West
Norman Taylor Geoff Bell
Emily Wilding Davison Natalie Press
David Lloyd George Adrian Schiller
Director Sarah Gavron
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Oct 2015