Suffragette Movie Info:.
In early 20th-century Britain. the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep). Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Faced with increasing police action. Maud and her dedicated suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. risking their jobs, homes, family and lives for a just cause.
Initial release: October 12, 2015 (United Kingdom).
Director: Sarah Gavron.
Running time: 1h 46m.
Screenplay: Abi Morgan.
Nominations: The British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) is a 24-year-old laundress. While delivering a package one day. she is caught up in a suffragette riot involving smashing windows, where she recognizes one of her co-workers, Violet Miller (Anne-Marie Duff). Later, Alice Haughton (Romola Garai), the wife of an MP, encourages the women from the laundry to speak out to parliament and give testimony in order to secure the right to vote. Violet is the one who offers to testify; however, she is beaten by her abusive husband and subsequently Maud is the one who testifies. Maud is energized by her testimony and goes with Violet and other women to see if women have been given the right to vote. When she learns that they have not, the police officers turn on the women and begin beating them. Maud is caught up in the crowd and is arrested for a week. While in jail, she meets Emily Davison, a confidant of Emmeline Pankhurst.
Returning home, Maud faces social stigma from her neighbours and co-workers. She promises her husband Sonny to stay away from the suffragettes. However, Maud is invited to a secret rally to hear Pankhurst speak. While there, she has a brief exchange with Pankhurst, after which she is detained by the police again who drop her off in front of her home. This time, her husband throws her out on the street. Maud struggles to see her son despite her husband’s objections and continues to work until her picture is printed in the newspaper as a known suffragette. Maud is then fired and, reaching a breaking point, takes an iron and burns the hand of her male supervisor (who has been sexually abusing her and other young girls in the laundry for years). The police are called and Inspector Steed (Brendan Gleeson) allows her to leave and offers her an opportunity to inform on the other members of her cell. Maud refuses.