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Suffragette (2015, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter)

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Suffragette is a thrilling 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. Maud (Carey Mulligan) 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.

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UK | 106 minutes | 2015

Director: Sarah Gavron
Script: Abi Morgan

cast
Carey Mulligan as Maud Watts
Helena Bonham Carter as Edith Ellyn
Brendan Gleeson as Arthur Steed
Anne-Marie Duff as Violet Cambridge
Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst
Ben Whishaw as Sonny Watts
Romola Garai as Alice Haughton
Samuel West as Benedict Haughton
Geoff Bell as Norman Taylor
Natalie Press as Emily Davison
Adrian Schiller as David Lloyd George
Amanda Lawrence as Miss Withers
Adam Michael Dodd as George Watts
Grace Stottor as Maggie Miller
Lorraine Stanley as Mrs Coleman
Morgan Watkins as Detective Malcolm Walsop
Finbar Lynch as Hugh Ellyn
Nick Hendrix as Government Minister
Shelley Longworth as Miss Samson
Sarah Finigan as Mrs Garston
Drew Edwards as Male Laundry Worker
Adam Nagaitis as Mr Cummins
Lee Nicholas Harris as Police Constable