Film Screening 22nd March, 2016

Poster for Suffragette


7:30 PM, 22nd March, 2016

  • M
  • 106 mins
  • 2015
  • Sarah Gavron
  • Abi Morgan
  • Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Meryl Streep

Maud Watts (Mulligan) is a hardworking mother and wife. Growing up in an exploitative working system in a laundry establishment, she is intrigued by the idea that women could have a say in changing the rules of the game and joins the early stages of the fight for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom. Her involvement with the movement soon poses challenges both at home and at work, all outrageously difficult to overcome with her unprivileged background.

The mostly female cast are particularly powerful in delivering performances that help remind us that it was not all that long ago that women from the developed side of the world still had to fight for the right to vote. This is an important film that is not to be missed.

Keep an eye out for Mulligan’s unrelenting performance as Maud alongside the strong-willed Violet (Anne-Marie Duff). Personally, I find the reward system established by the movement very interesting as it helped to keep the women steadfastly militant from one action to another. The list of countries shown after the movie where the fight still goes on is also a good reminder that the fight for equality is still a big issue in many corners of the world.

Retha Dungga