Suffragette Sunday, 29 March 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Never surrenders.

  • Starring:

    Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Grace Stottor, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Adam Michael Dodd, Finbar Lynch, Natalie Press, Geoff Bell, Romola Garai, Meryl Streep

  • Directed by:

    Sarah Gavron

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are beaten, knocked to the ground, shoved, belittled, force-fed, arrested, punched, hit, slapped, kicked, burned, restrained, locked in a cupboard, kicked out of home, trampled, victimised sexually. A child is taken away from its mother. A house is bombed, explosion, rocks thrown through windows, smashed glass, banging on car windows. Object kicked. Yelling, screaming. Spitting on children, violent/drunk husband, solitary confinement mentioned.  Blood/gore: Corpse, injured body being carried away. Bloody heads, faces, hands, noses, scratches, cuts; blood on ground. Blisters, bruising, scarred flesh, tube inserted into nostril. Bandages. Medical examination. Leg ulcers, burns, scalding, poisoning mentioned. Footage of funeral procession, coffin.


    Nude female (rear view), cleavage. Women are stripped. A man is seeing groping/kissing a teen female, a woman is touched luridly on the waist. References to past indecent behaviour (possibly molestation/rape). People in 1920s style underwear/sleepwear.


    Alcohol (champagne, hip flask). Smoking (pipe, cigarettes). Medical tonic/drops prescribed. Racetrack setting; bookmakers seen.


    F-word, b*tches. Name-calling. Religious references.


    Suffragettes, equality, rights for women, feminism, manual labour, Emmeline Pankhurst, Emily Wilding Davison, police brutality, civil disobedience, injustice, hunger strike, rebellion, homelessness, militancy, activism, protest, sacrifice, poverty, misogyny.


    Deceased friend. Dead mother, estranged/unknown father mentioned. Prison, funeral settings. Horses.


    Rousing, relevant, angry, urgent, eye-opening, fierce, tough, raw, bleak-looking, hot-blooded, riveting, fiery, real, celebratory, unabashed, message-driven, noble, subversive, female-written, female-directed, well-researched. Excellent cast, strong/modulated/award-worthy/convincing/understated performance by Carey Mulligan, restrained/affecting performance by Helena Bonham-Carter, nuanced performance by Ben Whishaw, first-rate period detail/costume design/cinematography, muted colours, grotty realistic textures.


    Slow-going, flat, conventional, melodramatic. One-note male characters, some creaky plot contrivances/dialogue, forgettable/overcooked score, flimsy script, a detailed sense of history never fully emerges.

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