LONDON – “This is this kind of important picture,” said Meryl Streep, among the film’s stars, in a press conference in London. The three-time Oscar-winning American plays Emmeline Pankhurst, as a way to win the right to vote for girls who founded the.
The extreme play sees Pankhurst turn into a fugitive after starting fires, having become disillusioned by years of unsuccessful peaceful demonstrations and calling for girls to take part in actions of civil disobedience, like throwing rocks through windows. But the Hollywood star just seems on screen for an issue as writer Abi Morgan and director Sarah Gavron rather recount the struggle through Maud, a married mom working in 1912, who’s played by British celebrity Carey Mulligan in a London laundry.
Helena Bonham Carter, who plays with a pharmacist-turned-bombmaker in the movie, praised the protesters.
“I believe it is marvellous. That’s precisely what the suffragettes were around,” Bonham Carter said.
“Hopefully the movie will inspire anybody who believes an injustice was done, to be bold enough to protest.”
The picture was commended by Streep for including girls from different economic foundations.
“The great accomplishment of the movie is the fact that it’s not about girls of a particular class, it is in regards to a working girl and I think that it is the reason why we are able to enter so readily to the movie, she looks like us,” included Streep.
Inspired by Maud’s fellow suffragettes’ solidarity, she plunges headfirst into the underground world locating a willing accomplice. For Maud’s problems, Maud detained in foul cells and is about the receiving end. She is shortly left without her son, and is scorned by her husband and neighbours. But day by day she becomes convinced that the better future can just be developed on a stage of rights that are female, and above all, the right to vote. Beyond the politics, the movie also gives an insight to the lives of working class girls of the time.
Mulligan said she was attracted to the picture as “it did not feel like a documentary about a time, it felt like a movie about now”. “It is a picture to mark the accomplishment of what these girls did and what they gave to us,” Mulligan added. “And and also to emphasize that individuals still reside in a society that is not meet.”
“It took quite a while to get it to the school program,” she added. “I was not taught anything about it and afterwards read a few lines at the base of a history book”.