A new period film, Suffragette, which charts the campaign for women’s votes in Britain, is to hit our our screens in January 2015.
As well as dramatising history, the film is making it, as it is the first to use the Houses of Parliament as a set for a commercial film, 25 years after TV cameras were allowed in for the first time. Suffragette stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai and multi-Oscar-winner Meryl Streep as one of the movement’s leaders, Emmeline Pankhurst. Scenes were shot both outside and inside the building, including the central lobby and one of the committee rooms. You can see some of the filming under way in Parliament in this BBC report.
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 – 1928), was a political activist and leader of the British Suffragette movement which helped women win the right to vote. She was imprisoned in 1908 after attempting to enter the House of Commons.
The film’s director Sarah Gavron said the film is “inspired by the true stories of the foot soldiers of the Suffragette movement, women who were willing to sacrifice everything in their fight for the right to vote. 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.”
The film also shows a scene where the central character, Maud, played by Carey Mulligan, witnesses the death of her friend Emily Davison under the King’s horse at Epsom while protesting for women’s right to vote. Our tea towel tribute to Davison features the cover of the Suffragette Newspaper published on June 13th, a day before the funeral procession in London and portrays Davison as an angel on the racecourse.
We’re really looking forward to seeing the new film early next year and will certainly be posting a link to the trailer when it appears. If you’d like to write a review we’d be delighted to hear from you. In the meantime, if we find out any more we’ll let you know. Watch this space for more news of Suffragette, the movie!