Friday, November 20, 2015
Suffragette (Directed by Sarah Gavron; Written by Abi Morgan)
A drama that tracks 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 women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalised 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.
Starring: Anne-Marie Duff, Grace Stottor, Geoff Bell, Carey Mulligan, Shelley Longworth, Adam Michael Dodd, Ben Whishaw, Sarah Finigan, Lorraine Stanley, Romola Garai, Adam Nagaitis, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep
Why I loved this film: Solid performances, great period design, and a historical event worth telling.
Getting involved in Suffragette activism upends the life of Carey Mulligan's character, Maud. It cuts her off from her work, her husband, her child, and her community, but it introduces her to a wider world of ideas and of people of a higher social class who she would never otherwise have known.
We never do find out what happens to Maud after the tragic event at the Epsom Derby (spoiler alert... or maybe not) but we do see actual newsreel footage of the thousands of women who attended Emily Davison's funeral — the true-life quiet dignity of her supporters outshines the perhaps misguided over aggressive militancy of a fictional Maud.
Suffragette features a number of both fictional and non-fictional supporting players that give one a flavour of those involved in the women's suffrage movement. Carey Mulligan does well as Maud Watts, adroitly capturing the intensity of the composite character Gavron and Morgan have served up here.
Definitely worth seeing. Maybe now women will realise the importance of voting.
I'm so sick and tired of people saying it's not worth it!