Review: Set between 1912 and 1913 in Britain. This tells the story of the suffragette movement.
Director: Sarah Gavron
Actors: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Brendan Gleeson and Meryl Streep
Genre: Art House, Biography, Drama, History and International
A story that I knew nothing about and watching this it struck me in to what struggles these women went through at the time is extraordinary. I didn’t realize how late we were as a country to catch up with a lot of other countries. Didn’t realize how backwards we were at the time. Why are we just learning about this now? Helena Bonham Carter was faultless in this film. Without her it would have struggled. Carey Mulligan tried her best. This isn’t Meryl Streep’s best performance. Whether or not she was just not directed well or didn’t have enough to do in this I don’t know. Her part is only a little cameo. I didn’t think Ben Whishaw’s character suited him but then I don’t know who could have played his part. There were one or two moving scenes in this. They went to a lot of trouble with the costuming. The thing I enjoyed the most was at the very end when they showed real footage of the whole suffragette movement. One thing I am quite surprised about is that this film wasn’t even up or any Bafta Awards or Academy Awards. I imagined it to be quite a big contender as there was a lot of talk about it at the last London Film Awards and was the film that was premiered at the opening night of the festival.