Just in time for Women’s Equality Day comes an exclusive new poster for Suffragette, the historical drama starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, and Helena Bonham Carter as women fighting for the right to vote in early 20th-century Britain.
Mulligan portrays Maud, a working-class wife and mother who finds herself drawn into the increasingly public and sometimes violent women’s suffrage movement alongside comrades like Edith (Bonham Carter), a pharmacist, and Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep), the real-life founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union.
The poster labels them “mothers,” “daughters,” and “rebels.”
Suffragette screenwriter Abi Morgan told EW in an interview that centering the story on Maud, a composite character, allowed the filmmakers to present a street-level view of the suffragette movement without getting bogged down in the historical details surrounding a specific person.
“It’s a sort of fictional journey that skirts and directly comes in contact with important moments in the suffragette history,” said Morgan, who drew inspiration from firsthand accounts of women in London at the turn of the last century. The material was “very moving and oddly contemporary in the examples of inequality that they dealt with on a day-to-day level.”
With women in major roles on both sides of the camera — including director Sarah Gavron and producers Alison Owen and Faye Ward — Suffragette is, in a sense, a product of its characters’ legacy.
As Morgan said, “I think the very process of making a film which is female-centric, which has a female producer, director, writer, executive producer, it becomes a kind of political act.”
Suffragette will open in New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 23 before expanding nationwide. See the new poster below.
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