Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 18, 2015 5:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Sun, Oct 18, 2015 5:15 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Closing Night
Running Time:106 min
Director:Sarah Gavron
Producer:Faye Ward
Alison Owen
Screenwriter:Abi Morgan
Cinematographer:Eduard Grau
Editor:Barney Pilling
Cast:Carey Mulligan
Helena Bonham Carter
Brendan Gleeson
Meryl Streep
Anne-Marie Duff
Ben Whishaw
Print Source:Focus Features
Note Writer:Zoë Elton



Profoundly moving, Suffragette tells the story of women who were foot soldiers in the fight for the right to vote in the early 20th century, ordinary women who risked all—their jobs, homes, children, even their lives. One such is Maud (Carey Mulligan): A laundry worker since childhood, she joins the evolving suffrage movement in hopes of breaking the cycles of injustice, poverty, and abuse that so many women endure. With peaceful protest a long-gone option, the suffragettes are forced underground. Guided by Edith (Helena Bonham Carter, MVFF Tributee 1998) and inspired from afar by the charismatic Mrs. Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud’s involvement escalates despite huge personal loss. Increasingly hounded by the authorities, she realizes that “war’s the only language men listen to.” An homage to the working women whose passion and vision gained British women the vote, Suffragette is an inspiring and powerful reminder that change is worth fighting for.

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Sarah Gavron won a BAFTA Award as Best New Director for the dramatic telefilm This Little Life and the Royal Television Society and Women in Film and TV Awards for Best Newcomer and was named one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch.” She next directed the feature film Brick Lane, based on Monica Ali’s novel, for which she received a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Director. She was also nominated for BAFTA’s Carl Foreman Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the London Critics’ Circle Film Award for Breakthrough Filmmaker. Gavron trained at the U.K.’s National Film and Television School. After she graduated, she directed several short films that screened internationally and won awards. Her documentary feature Village at the End of the World, filmed on location in Northern Greenland, was nominated for the London Film Festival’s Grierson Award and won the prestigious Margaret Mead Award. She is currently developing the feature The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, based on Rachel Joyce’s acclaimed novel, with Film4.