Meryl Streep joins Carey Mulligan on the set of Suffragette in Kent

A Hollywood cast, including Helena Bonham-Carter and Anne-Marie Duff, will be filming at Chatham's Historic Dockyard this season


The Hours actress Meryl Streep will take on the role of feminist icon Emmeline Pankhurst in the upcoming Suffragette movie, shooting in Kent’s Chatham Historic Dockyard.


The movie, financed by Pathe and Film4, directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady), will also feature a star-studded cast including Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), Carey Mulligan (Shame) and Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy).

A rally scene will be filmed in the Chatham Historic Dockyard, where scenes from The Golden Compass, Children of Men, Sherlock Holmes and Call the Midwife have previously been shot. Emmeline Pankhurst will make an inspiring and iconic speech in this atmospheric setting.

The political movie will account the life-changing feats from this significant group in history, who campaigned for votes for women at the beginning of the 20th century. Their protests included chaining themselves to railings and setting fire to mailboxes.

Suffragette is set for release later in 2014

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