Suffragette (film)

Suffragette (film)

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sarah Gavron
Produced by
Written by Abi Morgan
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Edu Grau
Edited by Barney Pilling
Distributed by Focus Features
Release dates
  • 4 September 2015 (2015-09-04) (Telluride)
  • 12 October 2015 (2015-10-12) (UK)
Running time
106 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $14 million[2]
Box office $11.6 million[3]

Suffragette is a 2015 British Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Anne-Marie Duff.[4]

Filming began on 24 February 2014. It is the first film in history to be shot in the Houses of Parliament, done with the permission of MPs. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2015 and had a limited release in the United States on 23 October 2015 by Focus Features.




In April 2011, it was announced that Sarah Gavron was attached to direct the film.[10] On 24 October 2013, it was revealed that Pathé has replaced Focus, while the BFI Film Fund was to fund the film.[5] Focus Features acquired the North American rights to the film from Pathé on 17 March 2015.[11]


Carey Mulligan was cast to play the lead role on 24 February 2013;[5] Helena Bonham Carter joined on 20 December 2013;[6] Meryl Streep was cast as British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst on 19 February 2014;[4] Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson joined the cast on 20 February 2014.[9]


Principal photography of the film began on 24 February 2014 in London.[9]


On 27 March 2015, Focus Features set the film for an 23 October 2015 limited release in the United States.[12]

In June 2015, it was announced that Suffragette would receive its European Premiere on 7 October 2015 as the opening film of the BFI London Film Festival. The LFF Director Clare Stewart said Sarah Gavron's feature was an “urgent and compelling film, made by British women, about British women who changed the course of history.”[13] The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on 4 September 2015.

The group Sisters Uncut demonstrated at the London premiere against cuts to domestic violence services,[14] which Helena Bonham-Carter described as "perfect. If you feel strongly enough about something and there's an injustice there you can speak out and try to get something changed". Carey Mulligan said that the protest was "awesome" and that she was sad she had missed it.[15]

The film was released domestically on 12 October 2015.[16]

Critical reception

Suffragette has received divisive reviews but overall a positive tone. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 72%, based on 100 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Suffragette dramatizes an important – and still painfully relevant – fact-based story with more than enough craft and sincerity to overcome its flaws."[17] On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 67 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[18]

Particular praise has been directed at the cast, most notably Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, with some reviewers commenting that both actresses could be in the running for Academy Award nominations. The film itself has also been tipped as a possible contender for Best Picture. Whilst Meryl Streep's brief appearance has been praised, there has been some criticism that her significant position within the marketing was misleading.


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  14. ^ Baker, Keiligh Suffragette premiere is invaded by domestic violence campaigners 7 October 2015 Daily Mail Retrieved 8 October 2015
  15. ^ Gander, Kashmira & Townsend, Megan Suffragette premiere: Protesters lie on red carpet in demonstration against cuts to domestic violence services 7 October 2015 The Independent Retrieved 8 October 2015
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