Cast and crew for the upcoming Suffragette movie have been granted unprecedented access to film in the UK Parliament next week.
Shooting for the political period drama, starring Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Ben Whishaw (The Hour), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland), Brendan Gleeson (Gangs of New York) and Carey Mulligan (Shame) has already taken place just outside London in Kent’s Chatham Dockyards.
The Sarah Gavron-directed movie will move to the House of Commons building in April, and will be the first in a line of potential productions that will be granted access on a case-by-case basis when Parliament is in recess.
Chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, Adrian Wootton, explained: “Opening up such an iconic location as the House of Commons for filming is fantastic news. This unique location promises to attract more production to the capital, and by working with the industry and our partners, we will help ensure it can get the most out of filming, while protecting the integrity of this very special building.”
Meryl Streep will play Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette, which will follow the life-changing feats from this significant group in history, which campaigned for votes for women at the beginning of the 20th century. Their protests included chaining themselves to railings and setting fire to mailboxes.
Director Gavron commented: “We are honoured to be allowed to recreate a crucial moment in that long journey towards equality by filming where the Suffragettes actually brought their protest over 100 years ago.”