Sarah Gavron and Abi Morgan talk about their new film Suffragette, which tells you the story about how women fought for their right to vote in Britain. The film takes you back to the 1912-1913, the early years of the movement and how women from various strata of the society came together to fight for one of their most fundamental rights.
The film is told from the perspective of working class women in London. It is the story of Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), a young mother who works in a laundry, who finds herself drawn into the suffragette movement. She ends up losing her husband and child in the process. Joing Watts in her fight are other women like Edith Lynn (Helene Bonham-Carter), Violette Miller (Ann-Marie Duff), Emily Davidson (Nataline Press) Emily Pankhurst (Meryl Streep) and Alice Haughton (Ramola Garai).
LISTEN: SARAH GAVRON & ABI MORGAN ON SUFFRAGETTE
Gavron directed the film and Morgan wrote the screenplay. This is the second film that the two have worked together. Their first film was Bricklane, a film based on Monica Ali’s novel by the same name.
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