As it is International Women’s Day 2020,I looked through my previous posts and found this one that I thought was fitting of the occasion. The review of the film of the brave women who were suffragettes, which now will be on DVD.
One of my (many) guilty pleasures is going to the cinema in an afternoon to watch a variety of different genres.Recently my friend and I went to see the film ‘Suffragette’, 2015 (12A 106mins) Directed by Sarah Gavron.
The film is set in London 1912 and about a hard working factory woman, called Maud Watts, played by Carey Mulligan. She is married to a man who obviously loves his wife but struggles with the shame that he feels she brings to the family when she becomes involved in the suffragette movement.
Maud is based on many women around at that time but other characters in the film are based on real people and real events. Edith New, who is played by Helena Bonham Carter, was in prison many times for her work in the suffragette movement and often, whilst in prison went on hunger strike.
Meryl Streep appears very briefly but has the most important role as Emmeline Pankhurst. Mrs Pankhurst travelled giving speeches throughout Britain and the United States, rallying the women to violence to get noticed. She was arrested many times and often hid behind disguises.
Natalie Press portrays Emily Wilding Davison. Emily was jailed on nine occasions and force-fed 49 times. The force feeding is given a harrowing portrayal in the film and gives very uncomfortable viewing. Emily Wilding Davison suffered fatal injuries in 1913 at the Epsom Derby for trying to raise awareness of suffragettes and in the film is shown raising her arm trying to attach a scarf to the horse indicating, I feel, she did not intend to kill herself.
The main character of the film Maud is shown working in a very hot, crowded factory with a lecherous, abusive boss who sets his sights on another young girl, which encourages Maud to protect her.
Maud views the way women are treated and realises she needs to be part of the suffragette movement for any change to happen. This however meant great sacrifices including losing her marriage, home and her son. It shocked me that mothers did not have parental responsibility and therefore, because Maud’s actions brought disgrace to the family and her husband could not cope, saw the child be adopted without Maud’s consent. I think the film portrays that the women were prepared to lose everything in their fight.
The camera was a little too shaky at times but it was very fast paced and thought provoking. I was astounded how brave they were.
I would recommend this film, especially for teenagers in school and for anybody who can not be bothered to vote!
Did you manage to see the film at the cinema or on DVD? What did you think?
I’d love to know your thoughts on this or any other film you think might be of interest.
Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xx
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