19 March 2018

Suffragette


  • Director: Sara Gavron
  • Based on the book: no
  • Cast: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Wishaw, Romola Garai, Brendon Gleeson, Natalie Press
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Carey Mulligan – Far from the Madding Crowd, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, Never Let Me Go, Public Enemies, An Education, Doctor Who
    • Helena Bonham Carter – Cinderella, The Lone Ranger, Les Misérables, Great Expectations, Dark Shadows, Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter, Toast, The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Enid, Terminator Salvation, Conversations with Other Women, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Twelfth Night, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Howards End, Hamlet, Lady Jane, A Room with a View
    • Anne-Marie Duff – Before I Go to Sleep, Nowhere Boy, The Last Station, Notes on a Scandal, The Magdalene Sisters,
    • Ben Whishaw – London Spy, Spectre, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, The Hollow Crown, The Tempest, Bright Star, Brideshead Revisited, I’m Not There
    • Romola Garai – King Lear, Atonement, Amazing Grace, As You Like It, Inside I’m Dancing, Nicholas Nickleby, Daniel Deronda
    • Brendan Gleeson – Edge of Tomorrow, Harry Potter, In Bruges, Kingdom of Heaven, The Village, Cold Mountain, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, My Life So Far, The Butcher Boy, Michael Collins, Braveheart
    • Natalie Press – Island, Red Road, My Summer of Love
  • Why? the subject
  • Seen:16 March 2018      

       Much of what has been told about the suffragette movement has focussed on the bourgeois women and their demands. The working-class women and their part have often been ignored. This film attempts to rectify that.
       Maud (Mulligan) works in an industrial laundry. Working conditions are dreadful, the bosses harsh and abusive. She is reluctantly recruited into the fight and as the men in power repeatedly refuse to change the law and as the violence against the women escalates, the whole movement, Maud with it, becomes increasingly radical.
       The many well-known faces in the film are very good and this role is really the only one that has suited Mulligan since Never Let Me Go.
       It’s a very important film. The fight is not over.

4 ½ * of 5   


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