At the turn of the 20th century, the streets of Britain played host to one of the most defining feminist movements in history. It’s an event that Sarah Gavron will chronicle in her upcoming period drama, Suffragette, which today revealed its first full-length trailer.
Boasting a star-studded cast and a story that simply fits the awards criteria like a glove, there’s already a buzz of excitement for Gavron’s hard-hitting drama. Toplineded by Carey Mulligan and awards favorite Meryl Streep, it is the latter actress who will rally the foot soldiers lobbying for the female populace as Emmeline Pankhurst. Pushing for better, fairer livelihoods both at home and in the workplace, Suffragette will chart a formative period for women’s rights in the face of aggressive police action.
Rubbing shoulders with Mulligan and Streep under the picket signs is Helena Bonham Carter, who together will hope to denounce archaic prejudice and secure the right to vote. Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, and Samuel West round out the ensemble cast.
Suffragette will debut first in the States on October 23 before making its way across the pond in time for a UK release the following week on October 30.
Suffragette is a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The stirring story centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. Inspired by true events, Suffragette is a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote – their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives.