Pathé Release Suffrage Film
Pathé is proud to release this portrait of the women behind Suffragette – the first feature film to tell the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.
Depicted in the photograph are the stars of the film Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne- Marie Duff and Meryl Streep; the director, Sarah Gavron; the screenwriter, Abi Morgan; and the producers, Faye Ward and Alison Owen.
They are joined by Helen and Laura Pankhurst, great-grand-daughter and great-great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the Suffragette movement.
According to the BFI (British Film Institute), in the 7 years from 2007 to 2013, the average percentage of British films released each year that were directed by women was 12%; and for films written by women the percentage was little better at 14.8%.
Perhaps the small number of female voices in the industry is why no feature film has ever been made about the women who 100 years ago fought for the right to vote. Their strategy of passive resistance inspired political leaders from Gandhi to Martin Luther King. It is a story that should not be forgotten.
Meryl Streep, who plays Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette, commented: "Every daughter should know this history, every son write it on his own heart".
Sarah Gavron, director of Suffragette, stated: “The story of the ordinary British women who were willing to sacrifice everything in their fight for the right to vote is an inspiration to all of us in our ongoing fight for equality.”
Image – Brigitte Lacombe (London 12 February 2015)