ByCaitlin Monaghan, writer at
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Caitlin Monaghan

I found this movie very interesting as it tells some of the story of the Suffragette story in the 1912 era of London, England. I loved that a movie was made that showed some of the things that the British women did at that time to get more rights and more equality. While there are still a lot of things of things that need changing in terms of equality for women but thanks to the Suffragette’s, we have a lot more rights and equality. While there are some countries that still have a long way to go in terms of equality for women.

In terms of cinematography, it was well done and I couldn’t see anything wrong with cinematography. The sound design was well done as well. I also had issues with some of the cinematography. Carey Mulligan has such an expressive and photogenic face that extreme close ups should work brilliantly. And yet filming it with a hand-held camera produces a constantly shifting image which was extremely distracting. Elsewhere in the art department though 1912 London is beautifully recreated, through both special effects, costume and make-up.

In terms of the story line and the characters, I really felt sorry for the women from the early 1900’s in Britain and elsewhere in terms on Women’s rights and how women were treated.

While there have been a number of changes in terms of equality for women, there are still a number of things that need to be changed in terms women being equal to men. I also felt the movie did drag on a bit in terms of the storyline but I do get they were trying to cover as much of the situation as they could.

The struggle is seen very much through the limited prism of this select group of women. But where I really liked this film is in the slow awakening of Maud's character. In many ways it is like the germination of a seed that we are seeing on the screen. She starts without any interest in the movement and even mid-way through the film she is adamant that she is "not a suffragette", despite evidence to the contrary. Mulligan is, as always, completely brilliant in the role.

The supporting cast are all strong with Gleeson being particularly watchable as the lawman with a grudging respect for Maud and her cause. Meryl Streep makes a powerful cameo as Emily Pankhurst: but it is a short and sweet performance. Maud's friend Violet (Anne-Marie Duff) is also outstanding, her gaunt face delivering a haunting performance.

Whilst there are some highly emotionally charged scenes in the film, in a political sense the film has a curious lack of passion at times. A keynote speech to Lloyd George for example should have been electric - yet the Abi Morgan's script doesn't quite do the scene justice and if I was the MP I wouldn't have been impressed (which perhaps was the point).

Alexandre Desplat delivers a touching score with a clever underlying drumbeat of change. Suffragette is a solid historical drama, that tells an important social tale… a tale that graphically illustrates how much the world has really changed, and changed for the better, in a mere hundred years. The film end with years in Women were granted the right to vote starting with New Zealand in 1893.

• 1893 New Zealand

• 1902 Australia1 (with the exception of aboriginal women, won the vote in 1902. Aborigines, male and female, did not have the right to vote until 1962.)

• 1906 Finland

• 1913 Norway

• 1915 Denmark

• 1917 Canada (with the exception of Canadian Indian women, won the vote in 1917. Canadian Indians, male and female, did not win the vote until 1960)

• 1918 Austria, Germany, Poland, Russia

• 1919 Netherlands

• 1920 United States

• 1921 Sweden

• 1928 Britain, Ireland

• 1931 Spain

• 1934 Turkey

• 1944 France

• 1945 Italy

• 1947 Argentina, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan

• 1949 China

• 1950 India

• 1954 Colombia

• 1957 Malaysia, Zimbabwe

• 1962 Algeria

• 1963 Iran, Morocco

• 1964 Libya

• 1967 Ecuador

• 1971 Switzerland

• 1972 Bangladesh

• 1974 Jordan

• 1976 Portugal

• 1989 Namibia

• 1990 Western Samoa

• 1993 Kazakhstan, Moldova

• 1994 South Africa

• 2005 Kuwait

• 2006 United Arab Emirates

• 2015 Saudi Arabia


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