The day is drawing near in the US for the release of “Suffragette, the feature film from the UK about the Votes for Women movement in England. And it’s great to hear that Dr. Helen Pankhurst, the great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, has a small role in the film. Many of the performers who are stepping up to the plate have been commenting on the importance of linking today with the past, especially with issues that remain unresolved today. The recent London premier of “Suffragette” was accompanied by a protest by Sisters Uncut, a demonstration that places current concerns squarely on the table –issues such as domestic violence and budget cuts impacting women in the UK.
Find out about Dr. Pankhurst’s thoughts about the film and the family name she carries. The release of the “Suffragette” film is also expected to be an open door for American activists busy planning the US women’s suffrage 2020 centennial celebration.
Meryl Streep has been granting some excellent interviews related to her performance in the “Suffragette” film as Emmeline Pankhurst. Her work in lobbying the U.S. Congress to move the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forward is much needed and it has been an extraordinary contribution. Bravo. Directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan, “Suffragette” stars Carey Mulligan,Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Anne-Marie Duff.
We’re reminded time and again that many of the issues of the early 20th century, as portrayed in the “Suffragette” film, persist today. The film publicity has been ample and the graphic posters memorable. The struggle for equality remains uphill, say many who are optimistic that the film will open Hollywood to more opportunities for women performers, directors, producers, and support staff. “Suffragette” and “10 Days in a Madhouse” are two productions weighted heavily in favor of women’s history that will hopefully have recognition at the Oscars.
Those who believe that women should have the same rights as men (that is, feminists) are insistent that the future of the planet relies on a balanced representation of the world’s population in decision making. Public discussion of this topic has been associated with the “Suffragette” previews and pre-release publicity, another reason the production deserves widespread support. Stay tuned for our pre-release coverage of “10 Days in a Madhouse,” the US film about investigative reporter Nellie Bly based on her undercover reporting that’s scheduled to open in early November. With more than 90% women performers in the production, “10 Days in a Madhouse” is written and directed by Timothy Hines and produced by Susan Goforth.
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