Suffragette (12a)

Director Sarah Gavron. Drama/History

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. 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. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson

Flicks Advisor (comments from our film promoters)

Film is now well known and there are many reviews. It should be noted though that it is not a documentary covering the suffragette movement. It is just about one group of women but it does include the notable events. Most people I spoke to knocked a point off their rating because of Meryl Streep's performance. Thank goodness it was not much more than a cameo role! Generally the film was regarded as very good.

"Suffragette" left one or two of our audience in tears - they were sufficiently moved by the content. Four of the older volunteers were embarrassed they didn't know the date English women got full vote - and our audience tend to leave during the credits - but they stayed and were audibly surprised by the late dates that some countries gave women the vote. Impacting film all round.


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