Written by The Iron Lady’s Abi Morgan, the historical drama Suffragette tells a fictional story of a working-class woman who comes by accident to the British Suffragette movement of the early 1900s. Carey Mulligan stars as the composite character Maud Watts, a washerwoman who risks her job and her family when she joins the fight for a woman’s right to vote. She quickly becomes radicalized, using violence against a government that prefers to keep the country’s women seen and not heard. Directed by Brick Lane's Sarah Gavron, Suffragette also stars Helena Bonham Carter, whose great-grandfather H. H. Asquith served as Prime Minister during the period the film is set. Meryl Streep appears in an extended cameo as suffragette leader movement Emmeline Pankhurst. In addition to The Iron Lady, Abi Morgan wrote Brick Lane, Shame, and The Invisible Woman as well as the TV shows The Hour and River, a new detective drama with Stellan Skarsgård that will premiere Nov. 18 on Netflix. Suffragette opened Nov. 6 in Austin.
Aired: Nov. 5, 2015
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